- Constantly pleasing others is a habit and you can learn to break the habit to live a life of your own choosing, with more fun, spontaneity, and genuine caring.
- One of the habits of codependency is obsessing over obtaining the approval of another person or several persons. These can be partner, a boss, other authority figures, or a family member or a friend.
- While you are busy focusing on the approval of someone or almost everyone in some cases, you are usually not focusing on yourself and how you would like your life to be- this is self-neglect.
- You find yourself constantly doing things for other people without even meaning to do this.
- Focusing on your own thoughts and feelings instead of those of others can help you lead the life you have longed for. This difficult and a major change but you can do it and are already probably longing to know yourself better.
- Self-care is often a good way to begin to break the codependency habit. You can sleep-in, take a walk, get a massage, do something fun on the internet like playing a game, or contact a friend.
- Little by little you start paying attention to what you would like to be doing and notice how often you focus on pleasing others so you can break the habit.
- You begin to create a new life for yourself. Your focus changes to your own thoughts, desires, wants, and feelings. You design your own life and it is a life built from the inside out. Every day is your day and is primarily about your needs and wants. Wow ! What a different life.
[…] can vary. When it comes to getting help for something like this recovery is a long road. Overcoming codependency involves a lot of thinking for yourself, self-care, and cutting out people pleasing altogether. […]