Life in Balance

What is Codependency?

25 Sep 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

Codependency can be described as the set of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can be somewhat encompassed as “unhealthy caretaking.” It is the effect on the object of the care that is unhealthy, as well as on the codependent individual. The origin of the concept…

Codependency

20 Aug 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

As stated in last month’s article, codependency can be described as the set of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can be somewhat encompassed as “unhealthy caretaking”. The codependent like the addict is in denial. They are so enmeshed with the addict’s life and all that…

Codependency Part II

20 Jul 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

Another aspect of codependency has to do with our everyday interactions and relationship with others. Sometimes we don’t even know it but we are looking for others approval of us or the decisions we make in our life. We tend to be “people pleasers” in…

Codependency Part III

20 Jun 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

Believe it or not there is a lot to say about codependency. Most people do not even realize that they are codependent. They assume that some of their attitudes and behaviors are just who they are as people. They do not understand that codependency can…

How to Improve Self-Esteem?

20 May 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

Our self esteem is something that we can control and change at any time. It is based upon our beliefs and attitudes that we have about ourselves. For example, “I AM GOOD ENOUGH despite my faults, insecurities and imperfections. Who I am is not defined…

Self-Improvement Part II

20 Apr 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

Our self esteem is something that we can control and change at any time. It is based upon the beliefs and attitudes that we have about ourselves. Improving our self-esteem comes from identifying our feelings and knowing how to express them appropriately. We need to…

Honesty

20 Jan 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance, Coping Skills, Counseling, Feelings

I find that being honest for some people is very difficult. I do not believe that most people lie intentionally. I believe that sometimes they are so fearful of the outcome or hurting someone’s feelings that their impulse is to lie. Once they lie they…

Stress

20 Dec 2012 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance, Coping Skills, Feelings, Self-Care

What can you say about stress? It feels like you can’t breathe sometimes and that you have to make quick decisions. When I am feeling overly stressed, I first try and figure out what is causing me stress and if there is something that I…