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  • Signs Of Codependency In Relationships

    In any relationship, mutual support and care are essential for maintaining a healthy dynamic. However, when one partner becomes excessively reliant on the other for emotional stability and self-worth, codependency can take root, leading to an unbalanced and often unhealthy relationship. Understanding the signs of codependency is the first step toward addressing and transforming these behaviors into healthier patterns. In this blog, we’ll explore key indicators that may suggest codependency is present in a relationship.

    • Low self-esteem: Struggling with your self-worth, believing you don’t deserve happiness, or searching for validation from others.
    • Lack of boundaries: Struggling to set boundaries with others; having a hard time saying no and putting your own needs first.
    • Perfectionism: Struggling to accept criticism, holding yourself to unrealistic standards, or becoming insecure when you make an error.
    • The need to save others: Feeling that it’s your job to protect your loved ones and fix problems for them.
    • Control issues: Feeling like your own self-worth depends on the well-being of others, and needing to help others (which may come off as being controlling).
    • Feeling the need to ask for the other person’s permission before doing daily tasks.
    • Feeling a sense of “walking on eggshells” around the other person to avoid conflict.
    • Trying to change or rescue the other person from abusive behaviors or addiction.
    • Feeling responsible for the other person’s actions
    • Needing approval or validation from the other person
    • Doing things for the other person even if it causes personal discomfort
    • Giving up all alone time for the other person
    • Feeling a lost sense of self because of a relationship.

    Steps Toward Healing

    Recognizing these signs is the first critical step toward addressing codependency. If it isn’t addressed, codependency can lead to or worsen anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and feelings of emptiness. Codependent people often have an unclear sense of who they are and are at risk of forming less meaningful relationships or facing loneliness and isolation.

    Here are some strategies to begin the healing process:

    1. Therapy: Book a free consultation with me and I will get you started on your journey. 
    2. Self-Care: Prioritize self-care activities that nurture your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
    3. Boundary Setting: Learn and practice setting healthy boundaries with your partner and others.
    4. Develop Independence: Engage in activities that promote your independence and self-growth, such as pursuing hobbies, furthering education, or building new friendships.

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