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What Makes You Anxious?

What makes you anxious?

In today’s fast paced world, we have more sources of stress than ever. Between work, social life, education, finances, security, and daily challenges, it is more difficult than ever to balance these things properly.

So, do you think you are alone in feeling anxious? According to the following article, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rather, Anxiety in our society is at an all time high!

As stated in an article from Time, a recent Survey found that out of 1000 adults, “39% reported being more anxious than they were at this time last year. Another 39% said they were equally anxious, while only 19% said they were less anxious than last year.”

What this shows is an ever increasing lack of ways to deal with anxiety in positive ways. Most people don’t seek professional help for their anxiety either, and end up in worse shape for it.

So what is it that makes you anxious? Can you count all the sources if you tried?

Common sources of anxiety can include:

  • Relationships
  • Work
  • Finances
  • Social Obligations
  • Politics
  • Safety
  • School
  • Worries about the Future
  • Balancing Responsibilities

Are you dealing with Anxiety? Have you found a lack of effective ways to deal with the plethora of problems today’s world poses? A lot of people are in the same boat. don’t fret, We have all felt this way at one time or another, so don’t let it overwhelm you.

At Simply Smashing, a Rage Release Room , we offer a fun and interesting way to let off negative emotions. Release these feelings with a session at Simply Smashing! If you’re like 99% of the people who participate; You will experience immediate relief and leave the room feeling exhausted and lighter with a huge smile on your face. Amazing and awesome are the 2 most common reactions when asked how it was. We provide a safe space for you to relieve anxiety by breaking dishes, bottles, electronics, and more! Don’t let these feelings build up, visit Simplysmashingrageroom.com today and book an appointment!

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Are You Tired of Feeling Angry, Resentful and Fearful?

It’s a fact, most of us feel anger, resentment and fear on a daily basis. There are healthy ways to lessen their harmful effect on us and the people we encounter (pets too). It should be noted that I am not a therapist; only someone who has experienced it along with the following exercises.

Frustrated guyFirst of all don’t beat yourself up for feeling this way. It is natural. The answer isn’t to eliminate them, it’s how we respond to them. If you can accept that; you’re halfway there.

Holding on to anger, resentment and fear too long is so very harmful to our emotional, physical and spiritual health. I learned some time ago that resentments in particular are much more detrimental and poisonous to the owner. The other people usually have no idea.  While therapy may be appropriate I want to offer a list of healthy and often much more immediate relief. 

Even a short break from the distress is most welcome.

Try these exercises to get relief from feeling angry, resentful and fearful…

  1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and focus on long slow breaths for as little as 30 seconds. Of course longer is better. This can briefly take you away from the negative thoughts. Identify the location in your body that carries the stress. Breathe into that area. Repeat as needed. The beauty is you can make this happen while you’re stopped at a red light.
  2. Grab a piece of paper and without judgement write down in incomplete sentences or just one word the source of distress. This moves it out of the toxic mind. Determine the validity of the disturbing thought. Next to each write the word “REAL”  or “IMAGINED”. (Is it real or fake news?) Remember, our minds can lie to us. Thus conjuring the saying, “We are our own worst enemy.” This exercise may eliminate feeling overwhelmed and many of the items on your list. When complete symbolically destroy the lies and discard.
  3. Consider your life in general or reflect about today. Write down what you have to be GRATEFUL for?  For example in no specific order.
    • I have a roof over my head with running water and indoor plumbing
    • I have food in my refrigerator
    • Money in the bank
    • My ChildrenParent Child
    • My significant other
    • My Car is there for me
    • My pet
    • I live in a free country
    • I love my music
    • I love my sense of humor
    • My friends
    • My body allows me to be mobile, dance and play sports.

See if you notice a shift. This isn’t one and done. Repeat from scratch each time. I hope these few exercises give you a lighter and more satisfying presence.

Here are Simply Smashing Rage Release Room, we offer you a bit of respite from feeling angry, resentful and fearful. Click here to book a room and come and smash your frustrations away. 

 

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Does Your Office Technology Frustrate You? [Infographic]

Today’s daily life stress and frustrations can come from many places, both at home and at work. One common cause of frustrations is Technology, and the stress it causes can really derail your day. Small frustrations can be ignored, but frequent Technology frustrations can add up over time and cause you more stress than you know…

This Infographic from Asurion.com shows just how Frustrating Technology can be….


Does Technology frustrate you.

frustrated with technologySo, if your office tech has you frustrated, don’t punch your laptop! Come by Simply Smashing in Tempe today and smash away your frustrations by booking an appointment in one of our Rage Rooms!

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How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work Right

Technology: love it or hate it, you have to live with it. Sometimes I have the desire to go live on a cruise ship — off the grid. But, alas, I have a business to run and clients to serve.

However, it does get a little difficult when your business email stops working or your website domain name (URL/web address) all of a sudden points to the wrong site. That happened to me last week.

I host my website with Siteground. I moved it from GoDaddy on the advice of a friend of mine who’s a website specialist after my site was hacked twice in 2014. My domain name (the .com web address) was still registered with GoDaddy and pointing to the site hosted (residing) on Siteground.

Everything was running smoothly until I started getting notifications from Sucuri, my security company (also signed up for that after the hacks) that my DNS address had changed for my azsocialmediawiz.com domain. I thought it odd, but didn’t think too much as I was busy doing work for clients. (The DNS address is like telling the post office where your house is located.)
Where’d my site go?

I wanted to copy a blog post of mine to repost it on the SCORE blog and my site wouldn’t come up. What was coming up was my old giselleaguiar.com domain and subdirectory which I had set up when I first started my business. Yikes! What’s going on! Since it was a domain issue, I logged into my GoDaddy account and looked around to see what could be wrong. Not finding anything out of the ordinary, I called tech support.

How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work RightThey said it was a Siteground issue. So over I go to Siteground and started a support chat. There were a few issues and they cleared it up and my site was back up.

Then every time I wanted to send an email from my business email, I’d get an error message that iMail can’t connect to the server. That happens every so often and it usually clears up on its own.

Now, my email was left at GoDaddy and everything was working fine till Siteground made some changes to the “MX”. I won’t go into detail, but it has to do with which mail server your domain name is pointing to. So after the tech support person at GoDaddy told me to go to Siteground, I decided to move my email over to Siteground — have everything in one place.

Now that you’re confused, let me interject something here.

The reason you want to have a business email address with your domain name is that it looks more professional. Having a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL address is OK, but to look more legit for branding purposes and to give yourself credibility, it helps to have and address like “yournane@yourcomapany.com”.

With that said, I was getting anxious that anyone who’s been trying to reach me via email was not getting through. I emailed my clients and some business contacts to use my Gmail address (it’s a backup – which is why you always want a backup email). I switched my site’s contact form to go to Gmail as well as my email on Facebook and LinkedIn.

So after spending hours with the Sitegound tech support, it seems my Mac’s iMail program doesn’t like their servers or firewall and we couldn’t get the mail setup. Tried to go back to GoDaddy, but that wouldn’t work. I ended up having Siteground set up a forwarding to my Gmail account. So now my business email forwards to Gmail. I don’t have time to deal with it. That will do for now.

Lessons learned with all this technology fun:

  1. Always have a backup business email. Since you need to set up a Google account for Google My Business, you might as well have a Gmail account. It’s accessible from anywhere and easy to setup on Outlook or iMail.
  2. Have everything in one provider. Some of my web friends would disagree, but after this incident going back and forth between 2 service providers was a pain. I’d move my domain name to Siteground, but I just renewed it for another year on GoDaddy. I don’t want to go through the hassle of changing it.
  3. If you don’t know what you’re doing with the technology, don’t be afraid to say so and get help from trusted sources. Watch out because there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who just what to take your money. If it sounds too good to be true it is.
  4. Back everything up. I lost files when a hard drive died and lost some emails when I switched providers.
  5. Block off time regularly to check on your technology. Make sure your website’s being backed up and it’s secure. I know a few folks that specialize in just making sure your website stays secure and running properly. It’s called a “peace of mind” service. Comment below if you’d like their names.
  6. Security is important. I use Sucuri and if it wasn’t for their warning messages of the DNS changes, I would not have known that there were issues.
  7. Don’t yell at the tech support people. Stuff happens. Their job is to fix problems and make you happy. I have to say, even after all my frustrations, both Siteground and GoDaddy’s tech support people were gracious. And they worked Saturdays and Sundays, 24 hours a day.
  8. Have a plan for when stuff happens. Living in Phoenix we don’t get many natural disasters, but I’ve lived through 6 hurricanes in my lifetime. It’s happened that major technology companies have been hacked or have lost power and they’re down for hours. Be prepared to work around it. Know where your website or ecommerce hosting provider is located. Also know what their tech support hours are and have their support phone numbers in your cell phones. And be prepared to spend some time on with tech support.

If a technology company doesn’t have 24/7 tech support don’t use them.

How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work RightAs entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we’re working odd hours as well as weekends. When something crucial is down, we need it fixed right away.

I’ve had my business email address for over 6 years. It’s everywhere — directories, business cards, flyers, social media profiles — everywhere! Having it down was crazy! It wasn’t till a client called me that he tried to email me and it bounced that I knew I had to drop everything and deal with it.

We can plan to retire off the grid, but in the meantime, learn to live with technology — it’s all around us and like it or not, we need it to function.

And if you have a frustrating day dealing with technology issues, you can always book a session at Simply Smashing Rage Release Room to break some office equipment and release your rage! 

By Giselle Aguiar, entrepreneur and marketing specialist.

This post originally appeared on the AZ Social Media Wiz blog. 

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Atlanta’s ‘The Break Room’ is all the Rage!

Here is a different type of “Break Room”!

“Ever get so mad you want to break something?”

Everyone does at one point or another.

A Rage Room is the place to let out your frustrations.

This news clip highlights the new Break Room in Atlanta. Check out the fun!

We are opening soon in Tempe!
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How to Relieve Stress in a Few Minutes in a Rage Room!

What could be your reason for going to a Rage Room? Stress? Anger? Frustrations?

Check out this video from Attn: Video. We’re featured in it! Literally relieve Stress in a just a few minutes!

  • Boyfriend/girlfriend left you
  • You can’t stand your boss/teacher
  • ____(some office equipment or vehicle) broke down
  • You just lost your job
  • You didn’t get the sale
  • Not so amicable divorce
  • Your team lost
  • Fill in the blank________ (comment below)
  • You’re in a high-stress job

We all have stressors in life. Simply Smashing Rage Room is a safe place to lose control.

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12 Critical Things In Life You Should Never Tolerate [Infographic]

What do you tolerate in life? What is it that happens — mistakes, people, arguments — that you just say, “Let it Be!” Sure there are some things that you just HAVE to tolerate — in-laws (to a point), traffic, the weather, taxes and Uncle Sam. However, there are certain things in life that you should never tolerate.

This Infographic lists the 12 Critical Things In Life You Should Never Tolerate:

12 Critical Things in Life You Should Never Tolerate - infographic

This infographic is based on an article from Pick the Brain.

  1. Unhappiness at Work – talk to your boss or find another job.
  2. A Long Commute – seriously, commuting for more than 30 minutes is a waste of time. Think about all you could be doing! Plus, traffic, especially in Phoenix, during rush hour, is horrible. Move closer to job. If you have a new job and you’ve been there at least 3 months, then you’re permanent. Look for something closer.
  3. An Unhealthy Lifestyle – eating junk food may temporarily soothe your stress, but it’s adding stress to your body.
  4. Draining Relationships – eliminate toxic relationships (in-laws may fall into this category).
  5. A Disordered Living Space – declutter and get organized!
  6. Negativity – Think Positive! Follow our group Motivational Quotes Board on Pinterest.
  7. Too Much Stuff – kind of goes with #5 – declutter!
  8. Financial Problems – we all have them at one time or another. Get help.
  9. Living Our of Your Integrity – have you ever left a job because they wanted to you to do something that you thought was morally wrong?
  10. Living without Fun – You have to have some fun every so often. “All work and no play….”
  11. Accepting Ignorance and Inertia – don’t be afraid of taking a risk or doing hard work. You’ll miss the feeling of accomplishment.
  12. Lack of Communication – it takes two to communicate (at least). Take the first step.

And when you find those things that you have no control over, those things you have no choice but to tolerate, come to the Rage Room and let go of your frustrations in a safe place.

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How to Overcome Being a Perfectionist [Infographic]

In our previous post we listed a few telltale signs that you are a perfectionist. Once you admit that you are one, you need overcome the urges to be perfect otherwise, you will drive yourself crazy.

Below is another infographic from PersonalExcellance.co with 8 ways to overcome being a perfectionist. And, of course, we’ve added the 9th!

  1. Commit to your goals, but don’t let failures define you.
  2. Allow yourself to do things incompletely and imperfectly. OK should be good enough.
  3. Don’t focus on unimportant information and requisites.
  4. Respect and love yourself.
  5. Your ideals should be guides not absolutes.
  6. Find time for your relationships.
  7. Every step is a job well done!
  8. Delegate and let go. You don’t have to do everything yourself!
  9. Come to the Rage Room and let go of your frustrations! We’ll clean up after you! 

How to Overcome Being a Perfectionist

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42 Ways to Cool Down Your Anger [Infographic]

Everybody gets angry. Whether it’s the coffee maker that doesn’t want to work in the morning, to the traffic jam on the way to work, to the computer crashes and whatever other device or technology that doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. But it’s the way you handle or manage your anger that makes the difference. 

In this infographic from Simply Stepping, they list 42 ways to help you cool down your anger. And we’ve added a 43rd at the end! 

They broke it down to 3 stages of anger:

  • When you’re arguing with someone
  • When you’re on edge
  • When you’re fed up

42 Ways to Cool Down Your Anger

And here’s our #43: Go to a Rage Room. It’s a safe place to lose control. It’s where you go when punching the pillow isn’t cutting it. We’ll be open in Tempe, AZ very soon. Get on our list for a special invite! 

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Anger Management for the Modern World

Do you have difficulty turning off your mind? Is your head spinning especially when you’re trying to sleep? You are not alone my friends.

Stress, anger, anguish and anxiety are becoming a constant source of pain and discomfort.

Is it work, family, finances, terrorism or politics? Ever since the election campaigns and subsequent outcome, many of us are tired of hearing about it but, it is pervasive.

Stress, anger, anguish and anxiety are becoming a constant source of pain and discomfort. Is it work, family, finances, terrorism or politics? Ever since the election campaigns and subsequent outcome, many of us are tired of hearing about it but, it is pervasive. You may have something called “Election Stress Disorder”. According to a study by the American Psychological Association 1 in 4 people are negatively affected by the constant concern revolving around current and future America. One key is making a conscious decision as to what is good for us or harmful. Decide what it is you can control and or influence. Determine what you have no control over but, may have control over you. Cutting down on watching or listening to the news has done wonders for me. It’s too overwhelming and sends my anger and stress levels through the roof. Some do choose to tune it out but for many of us it’s become an addiction. I’m waiting for an “All Trump Channel” to arrive any day now.  Anger is a normal emotion. Don’t beat yourself up for having it. Instead seek out ways to manage anger. Not just for yourself. The people we love can be infected or inherited by our misguided actions when our stress is out of control. We don’t need to pass our rage to our children. Even when we think we are hiding it, others sense it on some level. Let’s face it, there is way too much distress and negative reactions to it in the world. Effective tools to manage the stress and anger •	Be aware of your anger triggers •	Share your angst with someone you trust. There is no shame in that. •	Scream into a pillow or roll up the windows in your car and scream •	Yoga, prayer or meditation. Even 5 minutes of meditation can be very soothing. •	Journaling can be very effective. Sometimes I write an angry letter to someone, leaving nothing out and then rip it up or burn it. •	Deliberate deep breathing with eyes closed. Concentrate lightly on breathing and the negative thoughts take at least a temporary backseat and lowered stress. •	Exercise of course. Even a short walk is great. Leave your technology at home. •	Spend a few minutes with your pet and soak up that unconditional love. •	Listen to your favorite uplifting music  If you are like me, I forget my tools when I need them the most. That is why I keep them on a small card in my wallet and can pull it out when I am agitated. Keep in mind that anger turned inward can result in depression and disease. I wish you only the best that emotional health can offer.You may have something called “Election Stress Disorder”. According to a study by the American Psychological Association 1 in 4 people are negatively affected by the constant concern revolving around current and future America.

One key to anger management is making a conscious decision as to what is good for us or harmful.

  • Decide what it is you can control and or influence.
  • Determine what you have no control over but, may have control over you.
  • Cutting down on watching or listening to the news has done wonders for me.

It’s too overwhelming and sends my anger and stress levels through the roof.

Some do choose to tune it out but for many of us it’s become an addiction. I’m waiting for an “All Trump Channel” to arrive any day now.

Anger is a normal emotion.

Don’t beat yourself up for having it. Instead seek out ways to manage anger. Not just for yourself. The people we love can be infected or inherited by our misguided actions when our stress is out of control. We don’t need to pass our rage to our children. Even when we think we are hiding it, others sense it on some level. Let’s face it, there is way too much distress and negative reactions to it in the world.

Effective tools to manage the stress and anger

  • Be aware of your anger triggers
  • Share your angst with someone you trust. There is no shame in that.
  • Scream into a pillow or roll up the windows in your car and scream
  • Yoga, prayer or meditation. Even 5 minutes of meditation can be very soothing.
  • Journaling can be very effective. Sometimes I write an angry letter to someone, leaving nothing out and then rip it up or burn it.
  • Deliberate deep breathing with eyes closed. Concentrate lightly on breathing and the negative thoughts take at least a temporary backseat and lowered stress.
  • Exercise of course. Even a short walk is great. Leave your technology at home.
  • Spend a few minutes with your pet and soak up that unconditional love.
  • Listen to your favorite uplifting music

If you are like me, I forget my tools when I need them the most. That is why I keep them on a small card in my wallet and can pull it out when I am agitated.

Keep in mind that anger turned inward can result in depression and disease.

I wish you only the best that emotional health can offer.

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