Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis I get overwhelmed making decisions. We have so many choices in the United States. This is awesome and paralyzing all at the same time. When you get stuck in overthinking decisions, it’s called analysis paralysis. The overwhelm can cause us not to decide at all or to let other people make decisions for us. Neither of these are […]

Signs You Are an Overthinker

Signs You Are an Overthinker

Wondering if you are an overthinker? Overthinking is common among anxious, perfectionists. It is obsessive thinking or ruminating. Signs you are an overthinker include: second-guessing analyzing everything catastrophizing or expecting the worst insomnia trouble making decisions avoid decision-making and prefer someone else does it regret can’t let things go take things personally even when they aren’t perfectionism self-criticism self-doubt and […]

What contributes to anxiety?

What Contributes to Anxiety?: 6 Things You Need to Stop Doing When You Are Anxious

Some of the hallmarks of anxiety are uncontrollable worry, over-thinking, and ruminating. If you suffer from anxiety, you may wonder what contributes to anxiety. These six behaviors can exacerbate anxiety, so you may find it helpful to make changes in these areas.   1. Watching the news: The news is mostly bad news. When I watched the 11 O’clock news […]

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 […]

how to stop trying to control your partner

How to Stop Trying to Control your Partner

  Trying to control your partner can cause real damage to your relationship. Perhaps your partner complains that you are controlling. Or maybe you recognize your controlling behaviors yourself. Either way, you can learn how to stop trying to control your partner. First, let’s take a look at why you are trying to control your partner: Many people use control […]

Is Perfectionism bogging you down?

High standards are great. Sometimes, however, we are so rigid in expectations for ourselves that we get bogged down. Needing to be perfect isn’t an asset. Perfectionism can: Impede efficiency – we spend so much time doing and re-doing, seeking perfection, that we waste a lot of time and things don’t get done Keep us stuck – sometimes we don’t do […]

How to Stop Overthinking

How to Stop Overthinking By Sharon Martin, LCSW Many of my clients struggle with anxiety. They are smart and driven and can’t “turn off” their brains. Overthinking, or ruminating, is a hallmark of anxiety. Many people find they get stuck in their worries and can’t stop thinking about the same negative things over and over. This post shares a few […]

Asking for help by Sharon Martin, LCSW

Asking for Help: It’s Hard

Asking for Help: It’s Hard by Sharon Martin, LCSW Have you been thinking about trying counseling? Have friends or family members suggested you see a counselor? What’s keeping you from asking for help? I very often see people who have been suffering for a long time before finally deciding to come to therapy. Let’s take a look at some of the […]