Life in Balance

The New Year for 2014

25 Jan 2014 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

January 2014 is a New Year. It is when we start to think about our goals for the New Year. Some of us will look back on last year and think about what our goals were for 2013 and did we in fact achieve those…

Enjoy the Holidays

20 Nov 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

This is the time of year right after Thanksgiving when our stress levels can rise and we can start to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of Christmas and what that means to us, to our friends, family and coworkers. Sometimes it feels as though we…

Time for Change

25 Oct 2013 Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance

It is that time of year, the leaves are starting to fall and change color, the air is cool and crisp and the days are shorter. Fall has a way of inspiring change. It is a new season and with that comes new hopes and…

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…