For some, time spent with family is simply terrifying, and the experience can leave us feel emotionally drained and unbalanced for days -if not weeks- after
It not always easy to spend time with relatives… Michael Ballard shares 3 hack to deal with the holidays (but they work on other days too!)
The demands and expectations my ex had surrounding the holidays were stressful. My life’s much happier and more peaceful since shaking off those demands
Responding to bad news or difficult life circumstances is always tricky, and this one is especially complex. So, I will take you through it step by step.
The idea that abuse does not happen behind white picket fences or always leaves bruises is just something we tell ourselves. It makes it easier to process. It means we can think of an abuser as a monster, instead of a neighbor.
For the longest time I thought there was something inherently wrong with me. I never thought I could be happy.
When we talk about SwanWaters, we often explain it as a place of support and validation. There is a reason why we specifically highlight validation, because it fulfills a multitude of important functions in the process of recovery.
Co-parenting requires both parents to have rational discussions about raising children.
Just as “domestic violence” is sometimes misunderstood as being physical beatings only, boundaries are sometimes misunderstood as being confrontational.
When you find yourself in an emotionally abusive situation that you cannot, or are not ready to leave it is important that you start putting up some boundaries. These will protect you from the abuse, and can help you get started on your healing journey.