Coping with Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety, Uncertainty

Insomnia During Times of Stress, Anxiety, and Uncertainty

Many people are experiencing insomnia due to stress, anxiety, and uncertainty.   Insomnia, trouble falling or staying asleep, is a common symptom of stress or anxiety. So, it’s no wonder that so many of us aren’t sleeping well as we’re faced with growing coronavirus cases, a high-stakes election and divided nation, fire season in California, and a multitude of other […]

How to Journal to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Journal to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

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

Holiday Boundaries

Holiday Boundaries: Reduce Stress, Reclaim Joy

  Boundaries for the holidays. You don’t really need my permission to say no to any of the things that add stress or decrease happiness, but I’m going to give it to you just in case it helps. You have permission to set boundaries and say no to everything that doesn’t bring you joy this holiday season. You don’t even […]

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 […]