mental health

14 Things You Need to Start Doing for Your Emotional Health


What does it mean to be emotionally healthy and what can we do to improve our emotional health?

According to , “People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They are able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from setbacks. They feel good about themselves and have good...

holiday stress

When the Holidays Aren’t the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. At least that’s what the song says – and the movies, and shows, and magazines, and your social media feed. The result is tremendous pressure to be happy, to enjoy time with your family, to find the perfect gifts, and create a magical experience for your children.

The gap between...

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Learn to Reparent Yourself


Are you self-critical and overly harsh with yourself?

Or are you too permissive with yourself – not setting limits and allowing yourself to do things that are unhealthy or unsafe?

Do you ignore your feelings, have trouble expressing your needs or regulating your emotions?

Is it hard to treat yourself with love and compassion?

If so, learning how to reparent yourself can help.
What is reparenting?
Reparenting is giving your adult self what you didn’t get from your...


Why It’s So Important to Validate Yourself and How to Start

It feels good to be praised, to have your feelings affirmed, to be told you did a good job, and to be appreciated.

It’s normal to want validation from others – your parents, spouse, boss, friends -- but some of us seek external validation to an unhealthy level. We rely on others to make us feel good. We doubt our abilities if we’re not explicitly told we’re doing well. We obsessively check our...


12 Important Reminders for People Who Struggle with Codependency

Codependent thoughts and behaviors can sabotage our health, happiness, and relationships.
We neglect ourselves in order to take care of others.
We lose our individuality trying to please others.
We don’t ask for what we need – and often don’t know what we want or need.
We get obsessed with other people and their problems.
We worry excessively.
We’re afraid to say no or set boundaries, so...


7 Tips to Reduce Fear of Failure

What is fear of failure?
It’s normal to feel a twinge of anxiety or have some butterflies in your stomach when you try something new. But for some people, fear of failure prevents them from taking chances, trying new things, and accomplishing their goals.

When we experience failure as painful and permanent, we’ll do anything to avoid it. We procrastinate and play it safe -- avoiding anything that we might not...


How to Figure Out What Boundaries You Need

Boundaries are essential in all of our relationships. But, as we all know, they can be tough to set for a number of reasons. Often, we don’t know what kind of boundaries we need. This is especially true if you grew up in a family that lacked boundaries. In which case, you may not think it’s okay to have...


It’s Okay to Cut Ties with Toxic Family Members

Would your life be happier, healthier, and more peaceful without certain people in it?


It’s never easy to cut someone out of your life. And when it comes to family, it’s especially hard to accept that a family member is creating so much stress, anxiety, and pain that you can’t continue to have a relationship with them.

This post is for all of you who are struggling to...


6 Reasons You Need to Get Better at Saying No

Would your life be better if you could say no more often?


Annie constantly feels overwhelmed by all she has to do. There are so many competing demands on her time – family obligations, social invitations, work deadlines, household chores, community events she’d like to attend, and the ever-elusive self-care. She hates to disappoint people, so even though she’s stretched too thin already, she finds...