Journal Prompts to Relieve Stress and Anxiety by Sharon Martin, San Jose therapist and counselor

15 Journal Prompts to Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Everyone experiences stress – the tension and pressure of too many demands on our time and resources (both emotional and material).   Even if you don’t meet the clinical criteria for an anxiety disorder, I’m sure you’ve experienced some of the hallmark symptoms from time to time: uncontrollable worry trouble concentrating insomnia rumination or obsessive thoughts muscle tension stomach aches, […]

Tips for Reducing Stress during the Holidays

Tips for Reducing Stress from Your Holiday Celebrations

Holiday celebrations are an opportunity to get together and celebrate the season with family and friends, but they’re also a source of stress, especially if you are trying to maintain your sobriety. Between conflicts among guests to the stress of planning celebrations or deciding which events to attend when your schedule is double-booked, there are many ways the holidays can […]

How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Holiday Stress

How to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Holiday Stress

How can you use mindfulness to cope with holiday stress?   Do you find you’re frequently trying to squeeze more into your day by multi-tasking?  Or do you miss pieces of conversations or opportunities to connect because you’re distracted, rehashing the past, or worrying about the future?   In an effort to be more productive, we often try to do […]

How to Cope with Election Stress When You're a Highly Sensitive Person

How to Cope with Election Stress When You’re a Highly Sensitive Person

  The election is stressing me out! I think we’re all ready for this presidential election to be over. It’s deteriorated into mudslinging, polarization, divisiveness, hate, intolerance, and plain old immaturity. And it seems like it’s getting worse every week.   If you’re a highly sensitive person, as I am, you feel things deeply. You’re not only sensitive to criticism […]

Is Silicon Valley Stressing You Out?

After 20 years in Silicon Valley, I’m well acquainted with the ups and down of life in the high-tech world. Silicon Valley is a unique place – home to technology giants like Google, Facebook, Adobe, and Apple, a diverse workforce, and housing shortage that can only be described as insane. And stress. Lots of stress. For as long as I can remember, […]

30 Ways to De-Stress Quickly

We all need a toolbox of strategies for managing stress. You can de-stress quickly with these simple ideas. These ideas can help you de-stress in less than 10 minutes and most are things that both teens and adults can do.   I find it’s helpful to have a variety of stress management strategies. You will need to use different strategies […]

Breathe your way to a Peaceful Life: Breathing Exercises for Stress

Breathing Exercises for Stress Breathing is my favorite stress reliever. It’s quick, easy, and you can do it anywhere. In my opinion, there’s really no wrong way to utilize breathing to reduce stress. In its simplest form you can do it in the grocery store line or between test questions. You don’t actually need any particular technique for breathing exercises […]