10 Ways to Eliminate Stress

Be Positive

Whether in your personal life or work environment, positive people outperform those with a negative mindset. They tend to find the good in any situation, which gives them the upper hand in both their stress levels and work life. When you’re positive, you also make better decisions under pressure! A positive disposition is proven to increase resilience when facing challenges and attracts the right kind of people into your life.


There are very few things more stressful than not having a good hold on your financial situation. It’s even more irritating when more than one person is dipping into the pot. Having a budget and creating rules and boundaries concerning your finances gives you peace of mind in the long run. If you tell your money what you’re going to do with it, your money doesn’t have the opportunity to tell you what it’s going to do with itself.


Aha! And this is where I come in. Organization is a MUST for a stress free environment. Your mind looks about the same as the space you occupy. If you’ve got papers stacked to the ceiling, piles of messy clothes and a list of chores that need to be completed, you’re adding to your stress levels. According to the Daily Burn, PhD and CEO of Synergy and Author of Stressoholic and The SHARP Solution says, “The brain is constantly scanning the environment. It’s looking for cues that signal a need for an energy investment, such as taking care of work or home obligations. When we have chaotic surroundings or a fragmented mindset, the brain can perceive this as a sign that there is more demand for energy than our current capacity, which triggers the stress response.” Organize your space, find a daily routine to keep it organized and this will greatly minimize the stress in your life.


When situations are out of our control, we tend to exhibit a level of stress far beyond what any of us should have to deal with. There is only so much we can do in any given situation. At some point, which should honestly be from the beginning, give your worries to God. His plans are greater than anything we may have I mind. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Get Sleep

This one is huge. In my book, sleep is almost as essential as breathing. There have been many days where a lack of sleep has completely thrown me off course and into a fog of depression and anxiety. Melatonin, healthy sleep practices (more info on that here), and even a good ole Tylenol PM can make a world of difference when you’ve gone a few days without a good night’s sleep.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Though I am the worst at eating healthy foods consistently, I know how important it is to managing stress levels. Imagine if we filled our gas tanks with water. How far do you think the car would go? Not even a block, right? When we feed our bodies, think of it as fuel. Of course, we’re meant to enjoy food (or else why did God create taste buds?), but if we’re consuming nothing but junk, our bodies will perform at the same measure. Eat plenty of greens and essential, nutrient rich foods and you will feel mentally and physically BETTER.


Simple fact: exercise produces endorphins. Endorphins are our body’s natural ‘feel good’ drug. Studies have shown that getting in motion is very effective at “reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function.” Whether it’s taking a walk around your building on breaks, hitting the gym or creating workout routines, exercise is vital to our mental health.

Do Something You Enjoy

Okay, so I know this blog has sounded like somewhat of a rule book, but I think you’ll like this one. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE. Whether that’s hiking or spending time with your family, make it a habit to create a stopping point from everyday life and thoroughly enjoy an activity. Stress is sometimes your body’s way of telling you that you’re tired and overworked. Plain and simple, it’s time to take a break.

Deep Breathing

Wooosah. When my husband gets stressed or seemed frazzled, I say “Okay, babe, take three deep breaths.” It sounds silly, but it’s one of the quickest (and easiest) ways to calm down and relax at any given moment. Responses to deep breathing include: decreased metabolism, slower heartbeat, relaxed muscles, slower breathing, decreased blood pressure, and increased levels of nitric oxide.

Seek Support

Last, but certainly not least, reach out. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with a friend, family member or professional counselor to unload life’s stressers. Talking something through can help you see different perspectives and maybe even eliminate whatever is bothering you, altogether. Seeking support is not a sign of weakness. Les Brown says “Ask for help not because you’re weak, but because you want to remain strong.”

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.