Six simple ways to reduce anxiety and manage stress

By Norelle Done I run a business with my husband, and it gets really stressful sometimes. We’re a bootstrapped startup, employing 23 young professionals. Sometimes their individual stress levels and drama brings in a whole new element of management that I often don’t have the bandwidth to handle. Sometimes our clients can be challenging, too. As our business has grown, I noticed that my stress started affecting my health in significant ways, including having real panic attacks when checks haven’t come in on time. I knew it was time to learn how to manage my stress before I got serious health problems. If you’re in the same boat, please keep reading. Stress is bad news for your body I started with some research. First, I found a few scary stats on stress: Stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40 percent, heart attack by 25 percent, and the risk […]

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A simple, easy way to de-stress

Are you feeling stressed right now? Of course I’ve felt it too – plenty of times. Nobody gets to escape stress in our world! I learned about a very simple, and very effective method to calm my stress from a company called HeartMath. I’ll tell you how to use their method, and then I’ll tell you about them. Even though I meditate pretty regularly, and even though I’m pretty aware and mindful – sometimes stress piles up inside of me and my usual methods don’t work. So I turn to HeartMath. HOW TO EASILY CALM YOUR STRESS Here’s how you can use their method: Sit down somewhere comfortable and close your eyes. Start breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. Now visualize your heart and the whole area around your heart – visualize the whole 360 degrees around your heart, including the back of your heart – all the way around. […]

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When it Really CAN Wait: How to Manage Your Time at Work

Since my job is in digital marketing, it’s probably no surprise to hear that I get about 100 emails each day. Granted, only about 40 percent of those are legitimate (non-spam), but it’s still a lot. Add that in with inter-office messaging, verbal conversation, meetings, and phone calls, and it’s hard to actually get work done some days!   But effective time management is possible, and I want to share some tricks I’ve learned for how to manage your time at work. Prioritize. Some things are more timely and important to do before others – you can’t possibly do everything right away, and you shouldn’t. Every morning, I look at my task list and organize each item based on priority: Critical items like submitting payroll and drafting an important holiday promotion email campaign for a client take precedence, followed by the daily/weekly tasks that I know require more of my […]

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How My Colleagues Make Life Easier

What small things can you do to make your life just a little easier? Sometimes my days seem so packed that the thought of trying to change any of my habits seems overwhelming. But I also know that small changes can add up to feeling a lot less frazzled and a lot more peaceful and grounded – even when I’m feeling way too busy. I also know that small changes are easier to incorporate into my routine and then, I’m a lot more likely to actually do them! To get ideas, I decided to take a poll of some of my colleagues to see what they do. Here you go – and I’d love to hear what little things you do to simplify your life. You can post your comments in the section at the very end of this post. “I do all of my cooking on Sunday, so that […]

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