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NEW YEAR, NEW STRESS?

You finally got through the hustle and bustle of the holiday madness. It’s all over now. You’re returning to your normal routine. So, tell me - why you do not feel relieved or less stressed. Is stress becoming your new ‘norm’? Can you recall the last time you went to sleep without a worry in the world?

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Stress can be helpful in our day to day lives by increasing our productivity and boosting our memory. However, excessive stress and worry can actually lead to pretty serious health issues. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, stress is the health epidemic on the 21stcentury (Colquhoun, 2018).

To better understand how stress can negatively affect your health, we must first understand the different types of stress. There are 4 main types of stress: eustress, acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress.

Eustress tends to be a moderate stress that is interpreted as being beneficial or exciting. Acute stress is the most common form of stress. Acute stress tends to be short-termed and comes from pressures of the recent past or anticipated demands of the near future. Episodic acute stress, is very similar to acute stress. Episodic acute stress is when the individual seems to let acute stress run rampant. This occurs when an individual takes on too many tasks, becomes overwhelmed by all the demands with an inability to meet those demands. The last type of stress is called Chronic Stress. Chronic Stress can seem never ending like the stress of a bad marriage or a strenuous job.  This stress continues over a long period and makes the individual feel as though they have little to no control.

Now that we know more about the different types of stress, let’s dive deeper into why prolonged stress is so bad for the body.  Stress is like a small crack in a windshield. If the crack is left unaddressed, its tentacles spread throughout the glass until it completely breaks down. Stress works the same way. If left untreated, stress rises and has growing negative impacts on your physical and mental health (CNC, 2018).

The initial physical symptoms are mild, like chronic headaches and an increased susceptibility to colds. However, the longer chronic stress presents itself, the worse the symptoms develop. Some of the top stress influenced conditions include but are not limited to: 

·      Diabetes

·      Hair Loss 

·      Heart Disease

·      Hyperthyroidism

·      Obesity 

·      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

The effects of stress also impact us emotionally. While some stress may produce feelings of mild anxiety or frustration, prolonged stress can lead to burnout, anxiety disorders, as well as depression.

We all experience stress from time to time. It is when this stress becomes chronic and unmanageable that it starts to have a negative affect on our mind and body. In order to prevent further damage, there are several ways to effectively manage your stress levels. 

·      Quit the Caffeine 

·      Meditation/Yoga

·      Track your Triggers 

·      Say No to Screen Time 

·      Take a Walk Outside 

·      Drink in Moderation

With these tools, you have the power to change your thoughts and transform the mind which in turn will change your life. If you’re feeling particularly stressed out or you’re just in a rut you can’t seem to shake it, try a few of these tools we recommended. Remember, it’s only temporary. You got this!

Write up provided by: Alex Putnam

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Marie Kondo - Organizing to Live

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Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is an international sensation and now her approach to living has come to Netflix. “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has given people another binge worthy option on Netflix, only this time it motivates you to get up off the sofa and tackle your living space as well.

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Time implies change and movement; movement implies the passage of time. So many of us get lost in the “everydayness” of our daily routines. We all have had those days where from the time our feet hit the floor to our heads hitting the pillow we are go, go, go! Sadly, we feel as if we rarely accomplish anything worthwhile. 

Work, responsibilities, and finances can take so much energy from us (and we can give it freely) that we begin to question how a purposeful and fulfilling life can fit among the rest. There are millions of books and speakers, retreats and services, that offer programs and steps to give you the tools to simple life. They promise to remove the stress and replace it with joy and enlightenment. In my experience, these may frame an idea in a way that is more pleasing to our own approach to life and therefore speaks to us on a more “sellable” level but it’s really just a matter of quieting that inner critic. 

What could lead to a happier life for you? Quality relationships? Maybe less clutter both materialistically and emotionally? Freedom? A change in scenery? Could it be a shorter commute which leads to more time for you to fill based on your priorities? 

Time is our most valuable asset and the most treasured gift another person can give us. We move through time whether or not we are using it to the best of our ability. When was the last time you came across a home project that you never finished? Or a friendship you had meant to rekindle but never did? Maybe there was an interest in art, music, travel, volunteering, or going back to school, but a day turned into a month, which turned into a year without taking the plunge.

Creating an simple environment that allows you to be free, spontaneous, and mindful can make a positive impact on you for years to come and lessen your environmental footprint on the world around.

Consider what you find truly important and begin to use YOUR time to surround yourself with “the good stuff”.

Write up provided by: Anna Daniels


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SMART LOFT LIVING

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift or already planning out how best to spend those gift cards, consider some smart home devices. Having a smart home is where it’s at but when renting, your options may feel limited. Fortunately, there are several options on the market now that don’t require any hardwiring or a major overhaul.

Gadgets like the Google Home Hub or the Amazon Echo Spot are great options for those looking to spend $150 or less. Google Home Hub can be synced with other home devices to offer a seamless connectivity that only requires the use of a standard power outlet and Wi-Fi. It has a standard tablet display so streaming YouTube cooking videos while preparing dinner is a breeze. Amazon Echo Spot is all about Alexa. It comes in at a few dollars less than the Home Hub and has a camera for video calls. Multitask and make that call to the parents while doing laundry. You know they’ll appreciate it! This can also be synced with other devices and requires only a simple power outlet and Wi-Fi.

I don’t know about you, but lighting my home just right is so important to setting the mood and showcasing it’s décor. Flexibility is key, so dimmers and a variety of colors are an absolute must. Philips Hue Smart Bulb Starter Kit is compatible with your existing fixtures. To learn more about Philips Hue and other lighting options, check out this  guide on smart light bulbs here.

With TP- Link’s Mini Smart Plug you can make any device a smart device. Plug it into an outlet to then plug in a light, fan, gaming system or TV. You can then turn off and on the device with your smart phone or voice assistant. You can even set a timer. For those of us with family members who always fail to turn off the lights at night, this timer equipped smart plug is a power bill saver! This gadget can be found for around $15.

With smart cameras, doorbells, and smart security systems, there are so many different and cool options out there for your security needs as well.  

Live the “loftstyle” the smart, efficient way!

Write up provided by: Anna Daniels

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Live at Lofts: Resident Spotlight

Maci Forehand

Maci Forehand

MEET MACI FOREHAND:

RESIDENT AT LOFTS AT BASS

This week we highlight a very special young lady. Maci Forehand is a resident at the Lofts at Bass and an honorary staff member. She is always looking to help in any way she can and loves to call the Lofts her home. Maci brings joy to every room she enters. From helping the office staff with delivering newsletters to decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby, Maci makes any task fun and unique.

Our Community Manager, Stephanie Delay, said, “We always look forward to the days that Maci comes to work! She is pure joy, always has a smile on her face, and makes the atmosphere even better any time that she is around! She is a hard worker. Maci delivers all of our newsletters and notices as well as other office tasks.”

More about Maci: 

Where were you born? Americus, GA

What city do you live in? Macon at the Lofts at Bass

What is your favorite lunch spot? Margaritas

What do you like most about the Lofts? The friendly staff

What so you like most about living in Macon? Working with the staff at the Lofts at Bass

What are you most looking forward to? Going to Helen for Christmas

“We are blessed beyond measure to have her and think that everyone needs a “Maci” in their office!”

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Creating Time for Living

Time implies change and movement; movement implies the passage of time. So many of us get lost in the “everydayness” of our daily routines. We all have had those days where from the time our feet hit the floor to our heads hitting the pillow we are go, go, go! Sadly, we feel as if we rarely accomplish anything worthwhile. 

Work, responsibilities, and finances can take so much energy from us (and we can give it freely) that we begin to question how a purposeful and fulfilling life can fit among the rest. There are millions of books and speakers, retreats and services, that offer programs and steps to give you the tools to simple life. They promise to remove the stress and replace it with joy and enlightenment. In my experience, these may frame an idea in a way that is more pleasing to our own approach to life and therefore speaks to us on a more “sellable” level but it’s really just a matter of quieting that inner critic. 

What could lead to a happier life for you? Quality relationships? Maybe less clutter both materialistically and emotionally? Freedom? A change in scenery? Could it be a shorter commute which leads to more time for you to fill based on your priorities? 

Time is our most valuable asset and the most treasured gift another person can give us. We move through time whether or not we are using it to the best of our ability. When was the last time you came across a home project that you never finished? Or a friendship you had meant to rekindle but never did? Maybe there was an interest in art, music, travel, volunteering, or going back to school, but a day turned into a month, which turned into a year without taking the plunge.

Creating an simple environment that allows you to be free, spontaneous, and mindful can make a positive impact on you for years to come and lessen your environmental footprint on the world around.

Consider what you find truly important and begin to use YOUR time to surround yourself with “the good stuff”.

Write up provided by: Anna Daniels

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