How Codependents Can Focus on Coping not Controlling. Managing anxiety for codependents.

Codependency and Anxiety: Focus on Coping not Controlling

  If you have codependent traits and you’re feeling highly stressed or anxious, you’re not alone – and this article is for you. Codependents are like sponges. We absorb other people’s problems, feelings, and energy. This takes a big toll on us and leaves many of us with high levels of chronic stress and anxiety.   What is anxiety? Anxiety […]

Understanding Anxiety and Codependency

Anxiety and Codependency

This post contains affiliate links.   Beneath codependency there’s often anxiety When you live in a high conflict, unpredictable or chaotic situation, it’s not surprising that you’re tense, worried, and “walking on eggshells”. Understandably, many codependents suffer from anxiety. And even if you no longer live in a tense environment, codependency is usually born from trauma which can contribute to […]

How to Use Mindfulness to Stop being a Perfectionist. San Jose therapist Sharon Martin, LCSW, uses mindfulness to combat perfectionism. Mindfulness is an effective way to stop worries, anxiety, and pressure to achieve and perfect.

How to Use Mindfulness to Stop being a Perfectionist

  Perfectionism can make it hard for you to enjoy your life. Are you ready to stop being a perfectionist and start enjoying your life? Do your exacting standards and quest for perfection actually get in the way of happy and fulfilling relationships and experiences?   Perfectionism is an unhealthy and unforgiving striving for achievement. Perfectionists want things to be […]

What are Cognitive Distortions?

What are Cognitive Distortions?

Cognitive distortions are also known as thinking errors, thinking distortions, irrational thoughts, distorted thoughts, and negative automatic thoughts.   Cognitive distortions are ways that you twist up your thinking to see yourself, your situation, and other people in a negative light. They’re basically your mind playing tricks on you; convincing you that you’re not as good as everyone else, people […]

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 […]