Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Reduce Your Stress

Recently, I have been going through a big change in my life.  As a result, my stress level has been much higher than normal, which is something that will happen to all of us at different turning points in our lives. 

When the dust settled, after a few weeks, I sat down and thought about how to bring my stress level back down out of the clouds and start experiencing a sense of normalcy again.  

Using the 3 tips below I was able to conquer my stress:

1 - Write Everything Down

Get all the clutter out of your head.  Once I starting doing this my stress level was cut in half almost immediately.  No more relying on short-term memory (of which of have almost none these days) to remember tasks, especially small ones that I need to complete.  What I call "Back of Your Mind Worrying" is taken out of play through the simple use of a notebook or note taking app. 

This tip is the most important take-away from this article.  GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND ON TO PAPER!

2 - Organize Your Tasks

Once you get in the habit of writing everything down, you will need to go back through your notes and make sense of it.  Sift through your notes and figure out exactly which things you wrote down need to get done.  Without organizing your tasks, in other words without creating a "to-do list," notes are nothing more than just words on paper (or in my case chicken scratch on paper)

3 - Plan Your Work

At this point your thoughts and tasks are written down, and you've created a list of tasks that need to get done to get you from Point A to Point B.  Now we need to plan exactly when we are going to work on each task.  For example, if a task needs to be done by Friday, we want to put it in our work plan on or before Thursday so we are not stressing to get it done on Friday morning.  For my work on FTF I have a google doc called "FTF Master Plan" where I list my work plan
Stress, my friends, is not something to be taken lightly.  If we become stressed out enough for a long enough time period something bad is most likely going to happen.  Anything from chronically forgetting small tasks at work to developing serious health conditions are possible.  

Life is too short to be stressed, and most of the time stress is the direct result of choices we've made.  The good news is by making the simple changes outlined above in your life you can totally change the way you feel about your day-to-day life in a positive way.

"A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress extremely well" - unknown


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Team FTF Got Your Back

If you are reading this post and follow us on any social media site you are part of Team FTF whether you realize it or not.  This isn't an organization with million dollar financial backers.  Our clothing isn't sold across the country in big box department stores.  We only sell our items in ONE PLACE, and that's right here on our site.

We started over 2 years ago with nothing but a dream, faith in our idea, and boat loads of hard work.  We built our following one at a time.  And we fight the fight to continuously fund raise for those in need one small sale at a time.

What we do isn't easy, and it never will be.  The facts are that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and one day when we look back at all we've done we want to say that we did everything we could to help those people.  

Day by day you guys are helping to create a legacy for this small brand.  You guys are helping people more than you could ever imagine by putting on an FTF shirt.  By making that choice you guys are not only helping us build our legacy, you are also building your own as well.  

Fight the Fight is more than a brand.  It's a group of people who come together to support others in need.  Most of the time our customers don't even know the person they are helping personally.  

In other words, Team FTF has the back of people in need when they need help.  

As you embark on the rest of your week remember that you can have everything you want if you help other people get what they want/need.  


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Survivor Story: Rita DeBarr

Written and Contributed by Ashley Mitts

I (Rita) have been diabetic for 41 years and have struggled with my diabetes since I was 11 years old.  It was very hard to keep my sugars under control as a child.  Things sure have changed over the years. 

Now, I have an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor which has really helped me manage my sugar levels.  At the age of 42, I had a heart attack.  After my first surgery, I had to go back 5 more times for a total of 6 stents. 

I became very anxious about doing anything; afraid that I may have a heart attack.  My anxiety has always been something that I have always had and worked with. 

In March 2014, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma).  I had a clear mammogram in November 2013, but by January 2014, I started seeing changes in my breast.  

I had another mammogram in February and was told it looked "very suspicious."  I then had a biopsy and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  After that I started chemotherapy and did 6 chemo’s 3 weeks apart. 

This made me very sick.  I couldn’t eat or keep anything down.  It had me very down.  After I recovered from chemo, I had to have a mastectomy. 

Right now, I’m started radiation.  One thing I’ve learned from this is it is a learning experience.  I trust God will get me through this.  I believe you have to have a lot of faith to get through these challenges.  I do have a lot of support from my family and friends.  

They have been truly amazing through this experience.  I’ve also learned that everyone has a story.  Although it may not be the same as mine, we each have our own unique story that makes it our own.  

I believe that is important to share our stories.  I also believe we learn from each other, and I’ve met some great people.  I’ve been there for others when it has come to questions about diabetes, and now others have been there for me when I was struggling with my cancer. 

I believe we learn from each other, and I have some great people to teach me about the importance of helping and supporting others.  

If you have any questions or need anything, please let me know!



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