Stress Reduction

stress-reduction-silicon-valleyAre You Struggling To Meet The High Expectations You’ve Set For Yourself?

  • Are you trying to effectively juggle your career, family and countless other responsibilities?
  • Do you feel like you are stuck in a cycle of falling behind and pushing yourself to catch up?
  • Is stress manifesting itself physically through ailments such as ulcers, high blood pressure, digestive problems and more?
  • Has your partner or your boss told you that your stress is affecting your mood and behavior?
  • Do you perpetually feel irritable, exhausted and overwhelmed?
  • Do you wish you could find peace and manage your responsibilities with greater ease?

As a society, we are leading increasingly busy lives and trying to juggle an inordinate amount of tasks and responsibilities. Oftentimes, we get caught up in cycles of too much work and drive and not enough relaxation and rest, causing an increase in stress. You may feel like if you just push yourself harder, stay up later and put more hours in, you can do it all. Perhaps it seems like other people are balancing their lives and succeeding, and you wonder why you can’t do the same. You might be exhausted emotionally, mentally and physically, but keep pushing yourself to meet your goals

You might feel unable to focus on the present moment because you are always thinking about what you have to do next. Perhaps you feel glued to your phone, even when you are at dinner with your partner or events with your children. Maybe you have trouble falling asleep at night because you can’t stop running through your seemingly endless to-do list. You may wake up exhausted and rely on caffeine to get through the day. Maybe you have no time for enjoying your friends and family members, reflecting on your day or just taking time for yourself.

Stress Drives Many People in Silicon Valley

We all have our sources of stress. Stress can even be a productive force that helps us fulfill our responsibilities and keep ourselves safe. However, stress can also easily grow and build into a serious anxiety issue. Sometimes, it can be difficult to recognize that your stress is building because you are so caught up in conquering your growing to-do list. It can feel essential to achieve external markers of success, such as a promotion or a nice house, rather than spending time nurturing your core. With the high cost of living, demanding jobs and the pressure of perfectionism, many people in Silicon Valley are teetering on the unhealthy side of stress.

When left untreated, stress can greatly damage your career, relationships and health. In addition to isolation, arguments and conflict, the overwhelming push to succeed can lead to panic attacks, depression and physical health problems, such as high blood pressure or even a heart attack. High stress can have a ripple effect across your entire life, including negatively impacting your relationships with colleagues, friends, your partner and your family. Thankfully, there is a way to work through your stress and mange your responsibilities with greater peace.

Therapy For Stress Reduction Can Help You Find Productive Calm

For nearly 10 years, I have helped people manage stress and begin to live in the present moment while still efficiently tackling to-do lists. Stress reduction therapy – which is much like coaching ­– can help you achieve peaceful productivity. It is possible to accomplish your goals and fulfill your responsibilities without driving yourself to exhaustion.

In sessions, I can help you relieve frazzled, frantic feelings. Through mindfulness training, including deep breathing, you can develop deeper awareness of your body and learn how to enjoy and cultivate the present moment. You can begin to view your emotions something you are experiencing, not powerful forces that are controlling you. I will help you anchor yourself into a deeper reality so that you can go out and do the things you need to do without feeling wrapped up in the next thing you need to get done.

I operate with an eclectic style. While I am experienced in psychodynamic therapy, my approach to stress reduction focuses on helping you develop new skills and coaching you through the challenges that are keeping you in a cycle of stress. I will help you address some of the past and present issues that are making you feel worthless or lesser-than, as well as help you learn how to center yourself in difficult moments.

It is possible to learn how to be both productive and peaceful at the same time. You can learn how to balance your life and let go of that frantic feeling. By practicing stress reduction techniques, you can experience better physical and mental health. Managing your stress can have a calming effect over your whole life.

You may believe that stress reduction can help you find calm, but still have questions or concerns…

I should be able to manage stress on my own.

Sometimes our efforts to control our own stress can actually cause more stress. For example, you may be trying to set up systems of time management only to find that you can’t fit all of your responsibilities in their allotted slots. This, in turn, can make you feel as though you have failed. Stress reduction therapy can help you gain skills so that you can learn to better manage your internal world and let go of harsh self-judgment. You have a lot of plates in the air. With help, you can learn to carry them with greater grace and ease.

What can you do that medication or other substances can’t?

You might be relying on medication to help you mitigate the symptoms of stomach issues, high blood pressure or other stress-related illnesses. Or, you might be relying on substances such as caffeine to help you get through your day or alcohol to help you unwind and fall asleep. Too often, relying on these external substances causes larger internal issues to grow. In sessions, you can learn to shift the way you view the world and experience stressful feelings so that you can enjoy life again.

I don’t have time for stress reduction therapy.

Stress reduction can help you manage your time and use it in more effective ways. You are probably already struggling to complete everything on your list and scrambling to stop feeling behind. In therapy, you can carve out the time to learn a better way of being productive. With help and support, you can begin to approach all of your responsibilities with greater ease and focus.–


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