Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lessening Stress Leads to Organization


Many things have an impact on our health – diet, exercise, sleep, social patterns, environmental exposure, work, and stress, all play a crucial role in our health.  Over the last two weeks I have seen several patients in my clinic who are physsick_puppy_2ically ill from stress.  Stress can cause, headaches, stomachaches, memory loss, and obesity, just to name a few common symptoms associated with stress.

What is stress? Stress is something we cannot put our finger on, we cannot measure it, and often we dismiss stress as not being real. But, in reality our bodies are driven by the nervous system which tries to maintain a perfect balance.  The body is a miraculous creation, we have many built-in options to try to keep us healthy and safe.  But, just like an automobile if we do not take care of our bodies, the options wear out, switches get broken, and safety features fail.

One of my action steps to become organized included reviewing my daily schedule to identify tasks or obligations I can omit to lessen my stress and gain organization in my busy life.

As I spoke with a patient on Thursday night, during free clinic, I realized that I should take my own advice and cut my work hours.  Starting a new family practice has required me to put in 10-12 hours days. Followed by 2-3 hours a night online with students. My stress level has been overwhelming – causing me to quit running, gain weight, and develop some gastrointestinal issues.

Shiloh in T_shirtChange is hard for me – I love teaching, I love knowing I am shaping the future of nursing.
I also believe that God’s message is only heard when we actively listen.  As I set in front of a patient, at the free clinic, discussing how working 7 days a week 10 – 12 hours a day was worsening his vascular status. It suddenly became very clear to me that one of my jobs need to go.

So, at the end of the current eight week session, I will be resigning my position as adjunct professor of nursing.
Do you need to lessen our stress?  Do you need to listen to our own advice?


31 Day – Writing Challenge


Hey, Ya’ll
Welcome to My Simply Organized Life.

Several years ago I realized that I am busy and disorganized. I started this blog to help me focus on organization. In my busy life, I quickly realized I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with blogging. This little space,  Simply Organized Life,  has set quietly waiting on me to show back up.

We Ya’ll, here I am.  Starting a 31 Day- Writing Challenge.  Over the next 31 days I will be sharing my attempts at leading a simple organized life.

A little about me, I am married to the love of my life a.k.a The Big Man. We have five children and 5 perfect grandsons.
I am a family nurse practitioner, I work with awesome physicians who let me have my own little corner of their world to care for my patients. I run a free health clinic 2 nights a month. The Great River Charitable Clinic has been open for 6 years, we provide medical, dental, optometry and  pharmacy at no cost to those without insurance.  The Big Man and I own an operate Bed and Biscuit Boarding.  We live on a little piece of land, where we love and care for 14 rescue dogs and 10 chickens.  And, in August of 2014 my 87 year old father who has vascular dementia moved in with us.

Are you tired yet???  This is my life ~

Over the next 31-Days I will be sharing with you how I handle this crazy blessed unorganized life of mine.
I hope to see back daily