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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 https://bit.ly/2wEyHp8 and she can show you the way!

Is ‘Rest’ Important in Your Life?

rest-1Merry Christmas everyone, and hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.  As we take time to spend with family and friends living out the true meaning of the holiday, anyone find it hard to actually take time to “REST?”

Why is that? Medical science tells us we are more creative, productive, and will live longer when we value our ‘rest’ time as much as we do the hours we spend at work.

As a CEO of a thriving company, and a person that was brought up to love to work as my identity; resting is a struggle. Anyone else in the same situation?

According to the latest figures I am not alone. We, in America, are working longer work weeks, for longer span of our lifetimes, and feel resting is a luxury we cannot afford.

During this beautiful Christmas season of 2016 and beyond I am making a choice to not be like everyone else.  Can we choose to see the value of rest, and plan how we are going to make it a priority going forward?  This is not a matter of New Years’ ‘resolutions’, it is a priority of health, business success, wellness, and security.

Some tips to consider are:
1.      Find your worth and security that is not based on your work and achievement.
2.      Prioritize better and plan time for rest.
3.      Set definite work hours and quit on time.
4.      Organize your work and work space.
5.      Exercise regularly-no longer using work as an excuse not to do so.
6.      Spend time resting with your family and friends with no guilt.
7.      Spend less time in front of the TV which suggests we need to work more.
8.      Do something every day you love doing that is not related to your work.
9.      Create an easier lifestyle that focuses on the important and not the image of
always having to be working.

Wishing for you and your family, a wonderful Christmas, where you begin making a new way of life, where rest is valued and see how your work life becomes easier and less stressful!

 “I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the Word repeats, of peace on earth goodwill to men.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 Have you heard the bells lately?

Sue Falcone-CEO
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We Love Event Planners!

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Event planners have a hard job! They are either full time professionals that keep putting on those super special events that everyone loves to attend without looking tired or stressed; or they are charged by others to be an event planner, even if they have never done it before, and/or have another job as well!

Either way we love you because we want to serve you and make your job and life easier, and you want us to bring the magic that will make your event memorable, satisfy your audience, make you look like a “rock star,” and help you handle the stress and mess!

Love being partners with the many planners that we have worked with over the years, and we want to keep on top of your needs to make your job easier! We see a bright future for both of us, because even though the internet is a great learning tool, it is not for everyone!

So we know you will always be needing those heavy content speakers and presenters, that engage and interact, in the shortest amount of time, and entertain your audience into learning the outcomes you have given us to fulfill!

Hats off to you Event Planners, you have the #5 most stressful job in America, just under being an airline pilot, and still you wake up every day knowing this is what you love doing!

We love serving you with the personal touch, and providing custom solutions for booking the perfect match for your upcoming event!

Thanks for letting us know how we can better work together forever, because we love what we do too!

Off to meet with our next event planner, and seeing how I can make her day brighter and better!
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Sue Falcone- CEO and Owner
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We Love Event Planners!

stress1Event planners have a hard job! They are either full time professionals that keep putting on those super special events that everyone loves to attend without looking tired or stressed; or they are charged by others to be an event planner, even if they have never done it before, and/or have another job as well!

Either way we love you because we want to serve you and make your job and life easier, and you want us to being the magic that will make your event memorable, satisfy your audience, make you look like a “rock star,” and help you handle the stress and mess!

Love being partners with the many planners that we have worked with over the years, and we want to keep on top of your needs to make your job easier! We see a bright future for both of us, because even though the internet is a great learning tool, it is not for everyone! So we know you will always be needing those heavy content bringing speakers and presenters, that engage and interact, in the shortest amount of time, and entertain your audience into learning the outcomes you have given us to fulfill!

Hats off to you Event Planners, you have the #5 most stressful job in America, just under being an airline pilot, and still you wake up every day knowing this is what you love doing!  We love serving you and helping you in any way we can, and thanks for letting us know how we can better work together forever, because we love what we do too!

Off to meet with our next event planner, and seeing how I make her day brighter and better!

Sue Falcone
Sue Falcone