Category Archives: Stress

Want a secret weapon to reduce your stress?

Want a secret weapon for relieving stress? Get organized.

It’s pretty much common knowledge that clutter can drain your energy. A cluttered home – a cluttered mind. But clutter also drains your finances and schedule, which we refer to as the hidden cost of clutter. Not only does it affect your energy and pocketbook, it ultimately creates a chaotic life.

Putting in the effort to get organized by establishing healthy habits, (especially if the disorganization and clutter extends to multiple areas of your life) can help reduce stress tremendously. Just think how stressful it is when you’re scrambling at the last-minute looking for your things or you show up late for a meeting because you lost track of time.

Being organized on the other hand, can leave you feeling empowered. Facing the day prepared can actually minimize the strength and duration of your stress. The key is to reduce your triggers in the first place.

Getting organized doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are a few habits you can learn right away, such as:

• Everything in its place and a place for everything. (And that place should make sense.)
• Keep like with like.
• Dedicate 20 minutes to a task each day.

To reduce your stress, consider how organized you need to be. While you may not need your books alphabetized or have every minute scheduled in your calendar, adopting a few good habits could go a long way.

Patricia Diesel is an International Keynote Speaker, Professional Organizing Expert, and Best-selling Author. She shares her expertise on how to create simplicity and balance in these ever changing times. Patricia is known as the most sought after Organizing Expert in today’s world. She is the creator of THE KEEP IT SIMPLE NOW SYSTEM™ the Most Elite and Complete Step-by-Step Program That Will Help You Get Organized Without The Stress, Procrastination and Overwhelm, So You Can Finally Live A Clutter-Free, Healthy Life! Book Patricia today!

Stress: Choose How You Participate!

Stress impacts the whole body.  When a stressful situation occurs, the nervous system responds and immediately increases cortisol and adrenaline to prepare the body for emergency action.  Your heart rate and blood pressure increase, muscles tighten, you may feel nauseous, and begin breathing harder.  Although this is a natural response to stress it is not natural to experience it daily. 

Daily stress brings on a lot of consequence that includes everything from difficulty concentrating to fatigue, weight gain and depression.  So how can this stress cycle be stopped to allow calm amid chaos?   The key is choosing to participate differently. 

  1. Create supportive, healthy boundaries.  Take inventory of your daily activities and decide if adjustment is needed to alleviate stress in your life.  Create buffers in the day so you can move in a fluid way without the anxiousness and stress of being overscheduled.  Carve out blocks of time to focus solely on a project and to answer emails and voicemails.  In the evening allow space for the activities you enjoy such as light exercise, connection with friends, and quiet time to read.  
  2. Breathe.  Offer your body the gift of breath; it is free, portable and accessible any time yet it is rarely used to its full capacity.  Take a slow, deep breath in through the nose, filling the abdomen like a balloon.  Pause and then slowly exhale through the nose as you contract the abdomen to push out all the air.  Repeat.  The gift of breath will calm the body and provide you a new perspective on the situation. 
  3. Say no.  This can be a challenging but necessary assignment if you want to reduce stress in your life.  Before making any decision, ask yourself “What will this provide me?”.  This one simple question will help you decide whether your participation will cause you angst, or move you in the direction of stress-free living.  By pausing and asking yourself this question, you will be able to make a conscious choice instead of one out of convenience, haste, or guilt.  Kindly express thanks and gratitude for the opportunity and say no.  It really is as easy as that.   
  4. Give permission.  You are in control of your response in every situation in life but you cannot control the response of others.  Before any stressful conversation silently say to the other person, “I give you permission to respond however you need to respond.”   This one simple act will allow you to express your thoughts and concerns and release control of the other persons response.  Stress happens when we worry about the unknown, or try to please another person and fall short.  Choose to do what is best for you, be kind to yourself in the process, and provide permission for others to do the same.   
  5. Use the power of word.  Words often feed stress in the body more than the situation itself!  What if instead of saying “I just don’t have enough time” you shifted your mindset by saying “I have all the time I need.”  Just through the power of word you provided space to accomplish the task at hand with grace, focus, and calm instead of being frazzled and stressed out.  You can also recite phrases like “all is well” “I am enough” or “I release all control” to set the stage for a positive experience.   

Stress will always be present in life; the good news is you get to choose how you want to participate in it!  Advocate for yourself, create a supportive environment and know that you have everything you need to live stress-free.

Angela Gaffney is an International Wellness Expert Keynote Speaker and Best-selling Author. Clients call her a Game-Changer! She inspires action, shifts perspective and challenges you to achieve health as you excel in business! Angela’s personal story feeds her passion for this work.  Like most of us do, she thought life would go on no matter what.  And after a two-year struggle with a failing body, Angela was told to go home and prepare for a progressive disease to take her life. It is possible to live better! Book Angela at and she can show you the way!

Are You a Workaholic?

Whether you work at home, go to an office, or volunteer you can become one! What is the difference of a “hard worker” and being a “workaholic?”

A true definition of a workaholic according to Merriam-Webster is: “one who values work over any other activity.” However, a “hard worker” is defined as: “one who completes the work they are called to do in a diligent and industrious manner, and sets the priorities of faith, family,  friends, and fun into living the abundant life.

Can you see the difference? Why do people in their workplaces, homes, churches, and great organizations, end up choosing the lifestyle of a workaholic?

There are several valid reasons, with the leading one being we are rewarded for it!  Whether feeding our lives financially, giving us greater self-worth, being an escape from building relationships and problems, or giving us energy for life, it adds up to us being out of balance and in the long term it can shorten our lives.

Workaholics are not bad people, they are ones who have let their habits and choices override the true essence of what life really can and should be!

Are they easy to recognize?  Normally, they are the ones that: are constantly checking on work- even when they are with family and friends, are anxious about being away from their work, never say “no” to additional work, put work ahead of everything, not always the most organized, rarely take vacations and days off- or if they do work goes with them, feel their self-worth is what they do, life is all about them, think “multitasking” is the only way to achieve, live on the edge of perfectionism, are controllers, eat poorly, don’t exercise, take poor care of their spiritual and emotional well being, and become defensive or angry when criticized for being a workaholic!

Why do I know so much about workaholics? Because I am one who is doing whatever it takes to recover from a lifetime of letting my self-worth be defined by what I do and do well, rather than on who I am!  I didn’t fall into the total trap of being the normal workaholic, but had I not realized where I was headed, I could certainly have ended up that way!

Do you know people like us? Are you one?  It is said in our country, more and more are being added every day.  This is becoming the “new normal!” What are the consequences of living this kind of life?

The insurance industry has released these facts that workaholics: are a greater health risk,  marriages suffer in a higher divorce rate, average work week is 64 plus hours, have a higher rate of heart disease, take very few lunch breaks, perceive time differently than most of us, can’t relax on vacation without getting sick, and are more likely to suffer a job-related injury or illness.

Doesn’t sound like joyous news for us, does it? Why did I chose to research and share this topic on one of our favorite holidays called Labor Day?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, we have been celebrating this holiday as a nation since 1894 and it is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

We need to celebrate that hard work is a good thing for us, however I do have some good news on how to recover and prevent us from becoming “workaholics” to keep our nation and our lives strong and healthy.

Consider these steps and see how they can help you, and also how you can help others who are trapped in this lifestyle.  Encourage them to see there is a greater purpose, plan, and life awaiting them!

1.       Define your worth through God, not self or career.

2.       Change your values so work is not the most important thing in your life.

3.       Face and overcome fear of failure or insecurities in your life.

4.       Limit the number of hours and attention you give to your career.

5.       Learn to say “no” even to good things.

6.       Put your family and friends in a high priority place.

7.       Focus on your health and get on a good eating and exercising plan.

8.       Take up a hobby that lets you accomplish something other than your work.

9.       Plan your work so that you are working smarter not harder.

10.     Allow yourself 8 hours of sleep.

There is more that could be said about this “disease” that is out of control, and hard to cure. I only sought to show you the “need” and the “benefits” of change, so that you might want to join me on this journey.  The choice is yours!

Have a great week!

“Simply” Sue