How to Make this the Best School Year Yet

Are you gearing up to send your kids back to school? Or perhaps you're going back to school yourself -- as a teacher or student.  The start of a new school year feels like a fresh start and a natural time to get organized and create new habits to help your life run more smoothly. In this post, Dr. Caitlin Faas shares some tips to help you overcome procrastination, stay motivated, and defeat perfectionist thoughts. And even if...

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15 Signs You Have Toxic Parents

No one has a perfect relationship with their parents or in-laws.

If you’re lucky you have a positive and healthy relationship with your parents most of the time. Unfortunately, for some people – those with toxic parents – this isn’t possible. No matter how hard you try, you can’t have a mutually satisfying and respectful relationship with people who...


Summer Self-Care Ideas for People Who Are Too Hard on Themselves

Are you prioritizing self-care this summer?
No matter the season or day of the week, it’s time to put yourself on your to-do list and give yourself the same love and respect that you give to others.

Below, I share ten summer self-care ideas, but many of them will work any time of year. (I’m simply focusing on summer self-care because it’s summer.)

Of course, self-care shouldn’t...


10 Ways to Cope During Stressful Times

We all experience stress, a feeling of being pressured or overwhelmed, from time to time. Sometimes feeling stressed only lasts a few minutes or hours -- and either the stressor is relieved, or we successfully use our coping strategies to reduce our feelings of overwhelm. And there are other times when we’re under a high level of stress for weeks or months at a time. When this happens,...


Rescuing, Resenting, and Regretting: A Codependent Pattern

Codependents are often caretakers – which seems like a great quality except we tend to do it at our own expense and often when help isn’t wanted or needed. The result is a codependent pattern of rescuing, resenting, and regretting.
What is rescuing?
Rescuing is an unhealthy version of helping. It resembles enabling and tries to change or fix other people.

Rescuing includes:


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