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Use These 5 Practical Tips to Work Through Codependency Issues

Updated: Apr 13

trauma informed nutritionist and recovery coach Dr, Nikki LeToya White
Dr. Nikki LeToya White

Here’s an article with practical tips for women in recovery working through codependency issues:

Empowering Women in Recovery: 5 Practical Tips to Overcome Codependency

Recovery is a journey of personal growth and healing. For many women, part of this journey involves addressing and overcoming codependency issues. Codependency can be a barrier to a healthy, autonomous life, often leading to a cycle of unhealthy relationships and emotional distress. Here are five practical tips to help women in recovery work through codependency issues:

1. Establish Boundaries

Boundaries are essential in any healthy relationship. They help define where you end and someone else begins. In recovery, it’s important to establish what you are comfortable with and what you are not. This might mean learning to say no, asking for space, or recognizing when someone is taking too much from you emotionally or physically.

2. Cultivate Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the foundation of change. Take time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Understand your motivations and recognize patterns that may lead to codependent behavior. Mindfulness practices, journaling, and therapy can be excellent tools for developing self-awareness.

3. Seek Supportive Relationships

Surround yourself with people who respect your autonomy and encourage your recovery. Supportive relationships are those that allow for mutual give-and-take, respect, and healthy communication. Consider joining support groups where you can connect with others who understand your journey.

4. Prioritize Self-Care

Self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary for recovery. Prioritize activities that nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Whether it’s exercise, reading, or pursuing a hobby, make time for things that bring you joy and relaxation.

5. Embrace Your Independence

Celebrate your independence by taking on new challenges and setting personal goals. Embracing your independence means making decisions for yourself, by yourself. It’s about trusting your instincts and recognizing that you are capable of handling life’s ups and downs on your own.


How To Cultivating Healthy Relationship Habits

Cultivating healthy relationship habits is key to building a strong, lasting partnership. Here are some habits to consider:

Remember, every relationship is unique, and what works for one couple may not work for another. It’s important to find the habits that resonate with you and your partner and integrate them into your daily life.

Here are some relationship-building activities that can help strengthen your connection with your partner:

  1. Pursue a Mutual Hobby: Find an activity you both enjoy and make it a regular part of your routine. It could be anything from cooking to hiking.

  2. Goal Building: Set and work towards common goals. This could be related to fitness, learning a new skill, or saving for a trip.

  3. Question Jar Game: Write down questions on slips of paper and place them in a jar. Take turns pulling out a question and answering it honestly. This can lead to deeper understanding and connection.

  4. Volunteer Together: Choose a cause you both care about and spend time volunteering. This can strengthen your bond and give you shared experiences to reflect on.

  5. Coffee Chats: Dedicate time to have a coffee together and chat about your day or week. It’s a simple yet effective way to stay connected and communicate.

  6. Tiny Campfire: An activity where you can enjoy a virtual camping experience complete with campfire stories and s’mores, fostering a fun and intimate atmosphere.

  7. Mix n’ Mingle: Engage in curated icebreakers and creative exercises that cultivate strong bonds during a hosted session.

These activities are designed to promote bonding and intimacy, helping you and your partner grow closer. Remember, the key to a strong relationship is consistent effort and willingness to connect on a deeper level.

Recovery is a path to rediscovering yourself. By working through codependency, you reclaim your power and autonomy. Remember, you are not alone, and with each step, you grow stronger and more resilient.

These tips are designed to be a starting point for women in recovery. It’s important to remember that overcoming codependency is a process, and seeking professional help can be an invaluable part of that process.



I Can Help in Developing A Plan For Self Care

Do you want help developing a self-care plan that works for your own busy schedule? Do you want accountability in implementing a self-care plan? If you or someone you love is struggling to maintain optimal mental and emotional health, consider reaching out to Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. We are a Metro Atlanta, Conyers Georgia area. We are a coaching and counseling practice with empathetic, skilled counselors and recovery coaches who can help you set goals, develop a self-care routine, and move forward to build a more fulfilling life. Our team would be happy to work with you either just for a couple of sessions to develop and implement a Self-care plan or longer term to work toward overall better mental health within our membership site or other programs.

Dr. Nikki LeToya White trauma informed nutritionist and recovery coach
Dr. Nikki LeToya White

About The Author:

Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director, and full-time board-certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC Art Wellness Studio, and Botanica to provide the Metro Atlanta area with counseling and coaching services where clients are carefully matched with the right program for healing abandonment and childhood emotional neglect trauma that cause codependency, emotional eating, financial stress, and imposter syndrome as it relates to the fear of success and being abandon. We help you begin your emotional healing journey with ease. Recently, we have expanded to include an online membership site so we now provide support to people living all over the world. All of our recovery coaches provide at least one evidence-based treatment to assist in your recovery. Dr. White is a big proponent of self-care and helping people live a fulfilling life! She has been in full remission with both codependency and emotional binge eating disorder since 2016. In living a life in recovery from sugar addiction. I love my low-sugar balanced lifestyle.

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Dr. Nikki LeToya White

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