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Stay Connected, It’s Essential

By | April 1st, 2020|Categories: Health Benefits, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

These are trying times to be sure.  With the directive to stay at home to stop the spread, it’s essential for us humans to stay connected without physical contact.  This is not easy to do since our overall well-being relies on human touch. Even on those occasions that some have to leave their homes, we’re instructed to stay six feet away from others.  At least we can see other people even though there is no physical contact. These measures are important to flatten the curve.  Those most impacted are the elderly, probably the most vulnerable of our population. People are [...]

Being Productive While Staying at Home

By | March 18th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, a lot of us are considering how best to use our time wisely while staying at home.  There are many posts from my professional organizer colleagues on this subject. And who better to provide ideas for productivity than professional organizers! There are those that have employers that allow them to work from home. That’s great because they aren’t losing pay and have tasks, and maybe virtual meetings to attend to.  They can easily find ways to be productive while staying at home. Others that don’t have the option of working from home, [...]

How Gratitude Reduces Stress

By | November 26th, 2019|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , , |

This is the time of year when we think about all the things in our lives that we are thankful for. But what about all throughout the year? Cultivating the attitude of gratitude in all things helps to maintain a healthy life. Specifically, reducing our stress level. Chronic stress has been known to cause all kinds of health issues. It’s something we need to be mindful of on a daily basis. Some stress is good for us in the way as it relates to the fight or flight response.  However, the accumulation of stress on our bodies can result in [...]

Give Yourself a Break

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

You have my permission to give yourself a break this holiday season.  Maybe if you have permission from a fellow human that has been there, and there are many of us, you will give yourself a break.  That means if everything does not work out as planned, nothing will happen. The sky will not fall, the world will not end.  Ok, there are some prophets that may disagree, but that is a philosophical discussion for another time and place.   The holiday season is upon us and there is so much to do. It’s time for the hustle and bustle [...]

P.E.A.C.E. Step 3 – Assign Homes

By | March 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Several years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the third in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first two steps [...]

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Overloaded & Overwhelmed By News Headlines?

By | March 7th, 2018|Categories: Peace, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Are you overloaded and overwhelmed by today’s news headlines?  This seems to be the consensus of most everyone these days. It doesn’t surprise me. There are some, dare I say, horrible things going on in the world today, and we are overloaded with real-time news reports from all angles. From mass shootings to political escapades to celebrity sexual assaults, to abuse and torture of animals and humans and everything in between. It’s not often that we hear about anything good going on either locally or abroad. Maybe if there was more of a balance of good, or positive stories in [...]

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An Organized Stress-Free Vacation!

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Reduce Stress, Travel, Vacations|Tags: , , , |

Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing, right? Well, if you’ve ever gone to Disney World, you might have felt more stress than calm if you planned it yourself. There’s a zillion details to figure out and for many folks that equals a lot of stress. Meet my friend Julie Hough. Julie is a Disney Vacation Planner and she removes the stress from planning your next Disney vacation - all for free! When you book your Disney trip through her company, Enjoy Mouse Travel, you will receive: Advice on which hotel, which ticket type, which dining plan best fits [...]

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Productivity & Organization via Smartphone

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

In January 2017, about 95% of Americans owned a cell phone of some kind. About 77% own smartphones, per the Pew Research Center.  That means that the average person has the ability to stay connected to others in some way, whether you own a cell phone or a smartphone. Smartphones have advanced in technology exponentially over a very short period of time.  There is little if anything, that you cannot do on a smartphone that you can do on a laptop or a desktop computer. Since smartphones can be connected to the internet, any kind of information is right at [...]

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Too Many Choices

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization, Problem Solving, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

Too many choices can cause indecision, which leads to frustration, and consequently, stress.  Think about it.  Have you ever been to a restaurant that has a menu with so many pages it looks like a novel? The wait staff wants to take your order but you can’t decide, so you ask for a few more minutes.  Those few more minutes go by and you still can’t decide.  Maybe your dining partners have the same issue.  You end up stressed out and order something that you may not be happy with because you had too many choices. How about your overstuffed [...]

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13 Ways to be Proactive

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

  According to Merriam-Webster, being proactive means ‘to act in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes’.  They also define mitigate as follows, ‘make less severe or painful’.  These two words work in sync to help reduce the amount of stress in our lives. When you’re proactive, you mitigate the stress of being unprepared. Unfortunately, we can’t anticipate every problem, need or change that can happen in our lives.  However, when a situation comes up that triggers thoughts that make you think that you can be better prepared next time, act on that thought. The key to this line of [...]

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