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Do the Holidays have You Stressed Out? Here are 9 Tips to Help

It’s the most stressful time of the year! The Holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Winter Solstice, between parties, cooking, gift buying, family coming, bad weather and holiday traveling, it can get stressful.

In this infographic from, we share 8 tips to reduce stress during the holidays and we’ve added a 9th!

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Do the Holidays have You Stressed Out? Here are 9 Tips to Help

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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 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 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 “”.

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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Truth: When You are Stressed You Gain Weight

It’s no secret that stress can wreak havoc on your metabolism. When your body is under stress, it releases the hormone cortisol, which causes an increase in appetite and cravings for “comfort foods”. In addition, it makes it much easier to accumulate belly fat. To make matters worse, excess belly fat releases chemicals triggering inflammation, which increases the likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes, as well as other disease states.

Here are 4 Strategies to Minimize Weight Gain When Stressed

Exercise – Aerobic exercise decreases cortisol and increases chemicals that relieve pain and improve mood. Exercise also helps to speed up your metabolism.

Mindful Eating – When you slow down and tune into your sensory experience of eating food, you’re able to tune into subjective feelings of hunger or fullness. This can help to avoid overeating and lead to fewer binges, as well as reducing depression.

Substitute Rewarding Activities Instead of Eating Food – Activities like reading a book, taking a hike, attending a yoga class, getting a massage – can all help to relieve stress without weight gain.

Write a Journal – Writing down how you feel can occupy your mind, may give you insight into reasons you’re feeling so stressed, and draw focus on expectations of yourself that may be increasing any pressure you’re feeling. Writing about life goals can improve both mood and health.

The post Truth: When You are Stressed You Gain Weight originally appeared on Holistic Health Solutions Blog

The last thing you want to do is gain weight!

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How to Stay Calm When Stress is Upon You [Infographic]

Nothing can compare with the stress the residents of Florida are feeling right now with Hurricane Irma aiming to go right up the middle of the state. As someone who’s lived through 6 hurricanes in her lifetime, the worst one being Andrew in Miami in 1992, you basically have 3 choices when you hear that a hurricane is coming:

  1. Leave – get the heck out of Dodge
  2. Go to a shelter
  3. Stay put, prep, hunker down and hope for the best

The problem with #1 is you need money and a place to stay to do that. It also takes time. There are only so many roads heading north in Florida. Being a peninsula, unless you can fly or take a fast boat, you have to hit the roads – along with millions of other people.

A shelter is good for those living in the coastal areas that are prone to storm surge or live in a mobile home. After Andrew, I helped out with a charity and we visited a mobile home park. It was decimated.

The 3rd choice of boarding up, stocking up and hunkering down is what I did. I parked my car near a baseball field with a concrete building, far from any loose stones, trees or debris and nothing happened to it. Everyone who left their cars in the apartment complex had damage from the decorative pebbles.

After the storm was worse. That’s the stress that people don’t plan for….

  • Living without electricity – all your food goes bad. I waited for 4 hours at a store for ice that melted in 2. Don’t bother. I was 2 weeks without power. After a while you get used to cold showers and tuna fish.
  • The banks won’t be working, neither will the ATMs. It took them several days to have money available for withdrawal.
  • Gas pumps won’t work. If you didn’t fill your gas tank up beforehand, forget it.
  • Where you work may not be open for a while. After Frances and Jeanne in Palm Bay in 2004, many businesses had to close because they did not have flood insurance and they didn’t imagine their businesses would be flooded from driving rain, broken roofs and windows.

That’s just the beginning. 

I’m sure the people of Houston, TX weren’t thinking they would get flooded like they did. Nor the folks losing their homes in the fires out west or in the earthquake in Mexico.

However, if you do know that stress is coming into your life, here are some tips in this cool infographic by Pound Place found on

How to Stay Calm When Stress is Upon You [Infographic]

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2 Reasons Companies Fail and How to Avoid Them

Why do companies fail? 2 Reasons:

They only do more of the same or they only do what’s new.

In this Ted Talk video, Knut Haanaes explains why companies fail and how to avoid it. 

The key is finding a balance between exploration and exploitation.

  1. Get ahead of the crisis
  2. Think in multiple time scales
  3. Invite challenge
  4. Be skeptical of success

Stress can be a huge factor when running a business no matter what size the company is.

Sometimes you can do something about it, and sometimes you can’t. Either way, you need an outlet for the stress. Otherwise, you’re going to get sick.

We’ve got the safe place for you to lose control! Simply Smashing Rage Room is just that: a room where you can go and break stuff to release tensions, anxieties, stress and frustrations.

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Are You a Perfectionist? How to know if you are…

Are you a perfectionist?

Here are 11 Telltale Signs that You are a Perfectionist.

  1. Are You a Perfectionist? How to know if you are...There is no room for mistakes in your world.
  2. You have a very specific manner in which things should be done.
  3. An all-or-nothing approach.
  4. It’s all about the end result.
  5. You’re extremely hard on yourself, even for small things.
  6. You become depressed when you don’t reach your goals.
  7. You have extremely high standards.
  8. Success is never enough.
  9. You procrastinate just to do things at the right moment.
  10. You constantly spot mistakes where others don’t see any.
  11. You often spend a lot of time just to perfect something.

Are You a Perfectionist? How to know if you are...

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What’s worse — being a perfectionist or working for one?

Either way, being a perfectionist or striving for perfection can cause stress and stress isn’t good for anyone. That’s when you need to go to a Rage Room and break stuff. No need for perfection here. We’ll clean up the mess for you!

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Stressed Now? 5 Steps for a More Peaceful Life…

Does this sound like a stressed-out you?

“I have a million things going on right now”
“There is so much to do and not enough time”
“I haven’t slept in days”
“I have a million things going on right now”
“There is so much to do and not enough time”
“I haven’t slept in days”

Does it feel like you’re stressed out every day?

Chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue. Cortisol is the main hormone produced as a way for the body to manage stress and excitement. When the body is continually pumped up with cortisol it can wreak havoc in our bodies. Here are some of the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Waking up in the night
  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Midday Fatigue
  • Craving sweet and salty foods
  • Weakened immunities to colds and infections
  • Diminished Sex Drive
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength

Whether it’s added work, changes at home, or problems with scheduling-there are times that stress cannot be avoided. When stress is chronic, it can create more problematic health issues. Here are some things you can do to reduce stress:

  1. Deep breathing: Stop and take a few deep breaths. This activates the relaxation response in your brain. Deep and full breaths are a quick way to reduce the stress and the release of cortisol. Sit in a quiet space, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing through the nose for 5 counts.
  2. Learn to say “No”: If you’ve added too much onto your plate, you need to say “no”. It’s a no brainer that added responsibilities and taking on more will lead to more stress. Stick to your limits. Learn to say ‘no’ whether it’s in your personal or professional life. Protect your time.
  3. Take a break: Get outside and connect with nature. The natural outdoors counters our high-tech life. Working in urban environments keep us further from natural surroundings. You can lower stress by reconnecting with the great outdoors.
  4. Take Control: If work overload is an issue look to delegating items you can take off your list. Control your calendar by blocking out chunks of time to work on projects.
  5. Look for an Expert: Go get the help you need. Head over to Simply Smashing Rage Release Room and release your stress, find a guru for meditation, or an expert in productivity. Seek to get the help you need to lower your stress and stay healthy.

About the Author:

Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach, with Wave Productivity and works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Phoenix area in Arizona. Call 602-677-8275 or email for an appointment.

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How Stressed Are You? Take a Stress Test Here…

Are you stressed? Maybe you don’t want to admit it.

How Stressed Out are You? Take this simple stress test then come see us…

Are you getting enough sleep? Not if you're stressed!In general, how are you sleeping?

  1. I don’t sleep well.
  2. I’m sleeping OK.
  3. I sleep very well – getting 6-8 hours a night, waking up refreshed.

How do you feel in the morning?

  1. Definitely not refreshed – still tired.
  2. I feel OK.
  3. Energized

If you're stressed out, don't go for the sugar!Do you ever have food cravings?

  1. Yes, and I usually give in to junk foods.
  2. Sometimes, but I try to avoid temptation.
  3. Rarely, I eat healthy.

Does your gut ever act up?

  1. Often.
  2. I sometimes have digestive issues.
  3. Rarely.

Has your weight fluctuated? If you're stressed, you will gain weight.

  1. I’m gaining weight especially in the belly area.
  2. My weight is steady, though overweight. I could lose a few pounds.
  3. I’m progressively working toward or am at a healthy weight.

Do you get sick often?

  1. Yes, all the time!
  2. Once in a while.
  3. Hardly ever.

Do you have backaches or headaches?

  1. Often.
  2. Occasionally.
  3. Rarely.

Do you ever feel anxious?

  1. Often.
  2. Sometimes.
  3. Rarely – I am content with life.

Describe your general mood:

  1. Mostly sad and blue.
  2. I’m OK.
  3. Happy.

How’s your love life?

  1. What love life?
  2. Could use improvement.
  3. Great!

Each answer is worth its designated number. Add them up and see where your stress level is:

  • 26-30: You’re doing great with low levels of stress!
  • 20-25: You’re managing your stress OK, however, you could use some relief.
  • 10-19: You need a rage room. You’ve got too much stress in your life and you absolutely need to get rid of some of it.

Luckily if you scored under 26, you can soon come to the new Simply Smashing Rage Room opening soon in Tempe!

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