Simple Tips to Calm the F**k Down!

Organization Tips for a Less Stressful Life

At some point in your life, you have probably found yourself literally pulling your hair out…

You know, the feeling where you just cannot seem to relax.

You feel completely overwhelmed.

It is like the walls around you are just caving in….

Does that feeling sound familiar?

Stress – it is the state of emotional or mental tension or strain resulting from very demanding or adverse circumstances that we have all felt at some point in our lives.

When the dishes are piling up, the laundry hamper is overflowing, or the papers are just scattered to infinity and beyond in your office, your stress levels rise.

Not only can clutter add to your stress if you are already feeling stressed about something else, but it can also leave you feeling more stressed out in general. Therefore, leaving you susceptible to becoming easily stressed out over other issues that follow.

What is the statistics on stress levels in America?

A survey done earlier this year found that for the first time in 10 years, Americans’ overall stress level increased between August 2016 and January 2017.

The survey,which was done by the organization Stress in America: Coping with Change, found that two-thirds of Americans were stressed about the future of the country. Of those surveyed, 57 percent cited the political climate at the time as being a “very or somewhat significant” stress source.

On a 10-point scale, ranging from “little or no stress” to “a great deal of stress,” the overall stress level of Americans’ went up from 4.8 to 5.1.

But, stress is not just caused by political elections and the nature of the country…

Stress can also be a result of:

  • Financial problems
  • Clutter
  • Major life changes
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Unrealistic expectations

A few ways to relieve stress include exercise, healthier eating habits, and organization.

How does clutter increase stress?

Clutter in the home or office can pose a threat to increased stress levels if left unattended to.

Being surrounded by clutter affects you by:

  • Creating a feeling of guilt and embarrassment when others see.
  • Making you anxious by giving you the feeling you might never get to the bottom of the clutter.
  • Constantly alerting your brain that your work is not done.
  • Drawing your attention away from what you should be doing.
  • Bombarding your mind with stimuli, causing other activities to take longer.

Clutter only distracts you and increases anxiety, therefore, increasing your stress levels as you neglect other things you should be doing.

How do you incorporate good organization into your life?

In order to effectively complete tasks and remain organized during the process, pacing yourself is key.

Start off with a clean slate.

Whether it is your home or office that needs tending to, spend one day just cleaning everything up. It might seem overwhelming at first, but there is no way to overcome the clutter without effectively addressing it.

Prioritize your day.

Start each day by making a list of everything you need to get done, then list it in the order or priority. Make a to-do list and check it off as you complete each task. Use printable labels for organizing all your stuff.

Not only will this make sure the important things get done first, you can also incorporate a few, quick clean up sessions throughout the day to ensure you de-clutter as you go rather than waiting until it has all piled up again.

Set healthy limits.

Sometimes, de-cluttering can become unhealthy as you spend hours and days doing it, therefore neglecting other responsibilities.

Instead, set a timer for each task. This will ensure you don’t spend too much time on one thing and keep you efficient during the clean-up process.

Find creative ways to lessen the clutter.

Find new ways to get things done that involve less clutter. For example, try going paperless as often as possible.

Instead, use digital notepads and other software available on your computer or smartphone when possible.

Conclusion

Everything in life is about balance – sometimes, you just need to take a step back and evaluate what is the most important at that moment.

If you find yourself feeling stressed regularly and you notice that your home or office seems a little cluttered, it might be time to address it.

Take a step back, evaluate your situation, take a breather, and make a plan.

Now, you have the tools, get out there and get on your way to a less stressful life using good organization skills!

Author Bio:

Annabelle Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years.
She loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and
Michelle (age 11).  She splits her time between London and Los
Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel. You can visit her blog here to
learn more about her and her handmade creations.

 

 

A Full Moon and Mercury Retrograde? Brace Yourself For Chaos!

Do you remember the last full moon? How about the last time Merc went retrograde? You know, every time I hear about Mercury’s shenanigans I get a little anxious. Now what? Didn’t you mess me up good last time? And then after Merc is done I breathe a sigh of relief and think to myself, ok that one wasn’t so bad.

I honestly think that sometimes Merc gets a bad rap…but it’s happening at the start of a full moon next month. December 3rd to be exact. So is this good or bad or what..?

So what about that moon?

Oh how I love full moons. I know I told you guys this before and I’ll probably say it every month. (You’ve been warned).

I use the full moon to reflect on the crap that I dealt with the month leading up to it, and purge. Oh how I purge. The full moon is the best time ever to release, release, release and set intentions to grow, learn and welcome more positive things into our lives.

So the full moon in December is in Gemini. What does that mean for you? Shiny object syndrome will run rapid. Squirrel! Look over here, oh wait, what’s that over there? Oooooh this is nicer, better, exciting, funner but wait, what’s that?

Distractions! Get it? Expect to be scatterbrained, distracted, full of child like energy, perhaps even chasing your tail. How on earth are we going to focus on anything this month?

Throw Merc Retro in the mix and……

We’re doomed. Ok so that may be a bit dramatic but Merc is well known for causing chaos. Picture it, you’re a squirrel, chasing your tail, running on who knows what, thinking you’re about to have the time of your life and “whammo”, Merc sends you flying.

Damn, where did that come from?

So here’s the deal. Merc goes retrograde from December 3-23. This is a time when you need to be more aware, more patient and really really flexible. Things will change quickly, break, crash, mess up. You get the idea.

Tips on handling this chaotic mix!

So now that I just made it sound like the world is going to end let me put your mind to rest. All will be ok. I promise. I always tell people when Merc retro shows up, keep an open mind and a sense of humor. Watch your temper. Honestly. Just take deep breaths when shit goes wrong. It’s all temporary. Remember that!!

As far as that beautiful full moon goes, focus! Don’t be a squirrel! Try to also take some time to figure out what isn’t really working too well and find alternative solutions. Do some research. Ask questions and take notes. Now would be a fantastic time to take up meditating if you haven’t yet. Do it often. Trust me, you’ll need to this month.

Oh…and breathe….deep breaths…..you’ll need to do that too.

Is that mine? What’s that? Where do you want to go now? Can we try this today? Hey what about that?? Weeeeeeeeeee!!!

Peace and Love

Iva

 

6 Things You Should Be Doing Daily.

We get up, feed ourselves and our family, get everyone ready for work/school, rush off to our own jobs, come home, get dinner ready, watch TV, get everyone back to bed. Sleep, rinse and repeat.

Sound familiar? Have you fallen into this routine? Does this sound a little like your life? Monotonous, boring, comfortable with no change in sight. Are there things you think you should be doing but keep forgetting, or claim “you don’t have time” to do that?

You’re not alone. Many of us, myself at one time included, live like this. Robotic almost. Mundane. Just existing and not really living.

There are a few things you can do today to change that. The changes will be painless and mostly fun. They will be easy and effortless. And, best of all, they will make a huge impact.

Get outside!

Take at least 5 minutes to go sit outside with no electronic devices. Go watch some birds fly around. Feel the warm breeze on your skin. Let the sun kiss the tip of your nose.Listen to the sound of children laughing and playing in the park. Be alone and one with the outside world. Let it clear your mind and re-energize your soul. Easy, effortless and the results are amazing.

Smile more!

Why don’t we do this more? Smile. When we are at the grocery store or in a line up at the bank, why don’t we smile at the stranger beside us? Too many of us have our heads down and are completely absorbed in our cell phones. Keep it in your pocket or purse for just a few minutes and take time to look up and smile at people. The most amazing thing happens when you do that. They smile back.

Try something new!

Anything! A new food at your favourite local deli. A new route home from work. A new park to sit and meditate in. And speaking of meditating, if you haven’t done that yet, try it. Instead of reading books at home, go to your library. Do something new and totally outside your comfort zone. It will give you a refreshing break from the ho-hum routine you’ve slipped in. And you just may make new friends. What fun!

Help a stranger.

You know that homeless guy you always walk past downtown and snub your nose at, maybe buy him a coffee or a bottle of water. What about that old lady that lives alone next door. Maybe she is a little cranky but maybe it’s just because she’s scared and old and alone and crankiness is her way of expressing her fear. Pick her some flowers or something! There are a billion trillion ways to help strangers. Find one. The end result? Your heart will explode and you will want to make time to do more of it. Ah, it’s a win win for you and the world.

Think and chill first.

In other words, before you go off in a fit of rage over something really silly, take a big deep breath, remind yourself how little it is and chill the fuck out. Too often we get worked up over nothing and the end result is we’ve ruined our entire day. Don’t do that anymore. It’s not worth it. Breathe in and breathe out. Practice doing this. It will save you from hours of stress, anger and toxic emotions. Remember you are here to live a life of joy, not stress, frustration and anxiety and sometimes all you need to do is chill out to achieve that place of peace and happiness.

Less TV more people or peace.

Turn that idiot box off and either take time to be with you or with friends and family. I am a huge advocate of NO TV. I haven’t owned one in almost 4 years now and I don’t miss it one bit. I get so much shit done without it, I’m not exposed to mindless and senseless drama and negativity and I’m not a couch zombie. There will be plenty of time to flat line when you are dead. Turn the TV off and go live now. Go explore the world, meet new people, learn new skills. My God the possibilities are endless. Go volunteer at an organization that speaks to your heart.

Packing a mighty punch.

These may sound like really simple, almost ineffective things to do, but trust me, they pack a powerful punch. Just in making these small changes in your life you will quickly start to notice how life opens new doors and how much lighter and happier you will feel. Trust me on this one.

If it all seems a wee overwhelming, take one little thing at a time and start incorporating the next one and then the next one. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Start now!

Hey is that a chipmunk looking for nuts?

Peace and Love

Iva

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