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Adult Children of Alcoholics

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...


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...