Overcoming Perfectionism

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...


Self-care

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,...


codependency

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:

Doing...


codependency

Summer Self-Help Reading List


Summer is upon us -- and if you’re lucky, your schedule will lighten up and allow you to enjoy a few long weekends away from work or some quiet evenings on the porch relaxing with a good book. Summer is always a great time to catch up on reading.

I’m a self-help book junkie, but I can’t keep...


emotions

Don’t Rely on Others to Validate Your Feelings


Have other people minimized, shamed, or invalidated your feelings?

Having your feelings diminished, ignored, or rejected is a painful experience for all of us – but even more so if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or survivor of abuse or other trauma.

It’s important to have a sense of belonging and to be a part of a group -- a family or community.  And part of belonging...


Boundaries

The Cure for Feeling Overwhelmed


Jill feels overwhelmed.
Jill has been working 12-hour days all week. She’s barely seen her son, let alone spent any quality time with him, which leaves her feeling guilty. Her 11-year-old is nagging her to have three friends over to watch a movie on Friday night, but Jill is exhausted. It’s Mother’s Day weekend and she still hasn’t gotten downtown to buy her mom her favorite...


Overcoming Perfectionism

Moms, Be Kinder to Yourselves


Motherhood is a blessing. It was a long and difficult journey for me to become a mother and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to mother my three not-so-little-ones.

But being a mother is hard. Really hard. And we make it harder by setting impossibly high standards for ourselves.

In May we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States. May is also Mental Health Awareness...


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