7 Subtle Signs of Toxic Parents




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What are some of the toxic things that your parents have said to you? Are your parents perhaps narcissists? Have your parents been unsupportive, expect the worst from you, pressure or overburden you, made you the parent? There are some subtle toxic behaviours that parents do that could harm your mental health. Please watch out for them and consider sharing this video.

DISCLAIMER: This video is meant for educational purposes only. This video is not a substitute for professional advice, but for general guidance.

Want to learn more about toxic parents, check out this video:

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References:
Dunham, S. M., Dermer, S. B., & Carlson, J. (2012). Poisonous Parenting: Toxic Relationships Between Parents and Their Adult Children. Journal of Family Psychology. Routledge, 2012.
Jurkovic, G. J. (1998). Destructive parentification in families: Causes and consequences.
Levine, M. (2006). The price of privilege: How parental pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of disconnected and unhappy kids. HarperCollins Publishers.
Strayer, J., & Roberts, W. (2004). Children’s anger, emotional expressiveness, and empathy: Relations with parents’ empathy, emotional expressiveness, and parenting practices. Social development, 13(2), 229-254.


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Keep Stress Out Of Your Life With These Tips

These days, it is extremely easy to feel stressed out. If you are trying to reduce the amount of stress in your life, the following article will assist you.

If you have a lot of stress in your life, plant a garden. This will give you something to look forward to every day and a hobby to get your mind off of the difficult things at work or school. Watch your garden grow to reduce your overall level of anxiety.

Take time for a mini self-massage. Taking the palm of your hand and simply massage it with the thumb of the other hand in a circular motion can help to relieve your stress. You could also use a massage tool to do this. Massage works wonders at getting rid of stress.

A great way to reduce stress is not to sweat the small stuff. You have probably heard that before many times, because it is true. People with high stress levels tend to get upset about trivial things more often than people with low stress levels. Sometimes it is best to step away from a situation and think about whether it is worth getting upset over.

If you are under pressure, one of the things that you can do is lift weights. When you contract your muscles, you will reduce the tension on your body and feel good about yourself. Do this in the comfort of your own home or at the gym to reduce stress levels.

Call an old friend who you have not spoken to for a long time and catch up on where they are in life. This will bring back the memories that you had with them, which will make you feel great for the rest of the day. Rekindling an old friendship is a great way to eliminate stress.

A great tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to stop procrastinating. If you have projects that need to be completed, you should make sure you finish them on time. Procrastinating might feel comfortable at first, but it will ultimately lead to a lot of stress.



In order to deal with stress at work consider getting a stress ball. This is a great way to privately and quietly deal with your stress. The exertion used on a stress ball will at least help to deal with stress in a manner that allows both you and your co-workers to go about your day.

Exercise is wonderful to relieve stress. It gets your heart rate pumping and takes your mind off of the stressful events in your life. Consider activities such as walking, tennis, running, swimming or biking. Stress related chemicals are burned off during exercise and it is healthy for you and your heart!

Many stress-related problems can be caused by a poor diet so go through what you are eating with a fine comb. If you find that you are eating in an unhealthy fashion than you should remove the bad things and try to replace them with healthy and tasty alternatives.

One of the most effective methods for reducing stress is going for a long walk. Not only does this remove you from the stressful environment it also allows you to clear your mind by being distracted. If you go alone be sure to take some nice music with you to help you feel even better.

If you are driving on the road and have something on your mind, sing the words of a song at the top of your lungs. Since no one can hear you, this is a great time to let it all out to a song that you know. Singing is a great form of stress relief.

A great tip that can help you relieve a lot of stress is to stop being so hard on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over every little mistake that you make. You have to be able to accept that we are all human and that we all make mistakes.

A pretty simple and easy way to relieve stress is to meditate. Meditation allows the body to relax all muscles and rest the mind. While in this relaxed state of body and mind, you are able to release any pent up stress and return to a calm nature.

If you’ve been feeling really stressed, finding a new hobby or refocusing on an old one can help you relax. Whether it’s gardening, knitting, hiking or painting, a hobby can help you step back from whatever is stressing you and get a new perspective on life. Take time out from each day to engage in your hobby.

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When the weather is nice outside, take advantage of the outdoors and have a picnic with your friends and family. It is important to get out of the house once in a while, as this can serve as a great alternative. Also, breathing in the fresh air will make you feel great.

If you are fatigued, try to eliminate some of the stress that may be causing it. Fatigue can have a direct association with stress. When you are stressed it is difficult to sleep, even difficult to relax. It is as though your body is constantly fighting a battle with some unseen force. The result is an overwhelming sense of exhaustion.

Schedule time each day to worry over certain items and let them go at all other times. Not every stressor in your life needs immediate attention and constant energy. Compartmentalize your thinking on these specific stressors to a certain, finite time each day. Then during the remainder of your day, let them go. By doing so, you’ll find that you are less stressed overall.

Go online and check out the different classes that are available in stress management. Here, you will be dealing with professionals that can help to guide you with important tips to implement in your everyday routine. This will go a long way in putting you in a better state of mind during the day.

Stress affects us in so many ways, even in ways we don’t realize. If you apply the tips that were presented to you in this article, you can start to see results immediately. These tips can bring benefits to all areas of your life.



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