Control: The Common Factor in Stress, Anxiety and Sadness

Hong Kong continues to experience social unrest as we move into the 5th month of protests. We watch our beloved city engulfed in violence and uncertainty while ourselves trying to make sense of it all and what to do next. Irrespective of the neighborhood we live in, this is taking a toll on the lives of the common (wo)man, with the palpable morosity and confusion that reigns outside giving way to anxiety and stress within us.

For this mental health awareness month, Tim Hoffman, discusses some tips for reducing these general negative feelings that bring us down.


Many clients come to see me because they’re feeling stressed or anxious or sad — often all three. And a common theme in their lives is often that they have no control over some, or many aspects of their lives.