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Stressed Out! That was the understatement of the year not long ago for Rita. In the span of 10 years, her personal journey was filled with life-changing challenges: new marriage, infertility, adoption, family death, and becoming caregiver to an aging parent, in addition to coping with her own chronic health issues.

Rita’s unique professional skill set is comprised of 20 years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, including several years on the Trauma Flight team in Charlotte, NC, and 16 years as a licensed massage therapist.

Adding her in-depth study of stress management and self-care plus all her personal life experiences, she has easily earned the title of Simple Self-Care Expert and Stress Management Educator.

Her book, "Simple Self-Care Saved Me!" was released in 2018 and has readers across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.

She is an accomplished speaker and her specialty is stress managment education and strategy implementation using simple self-care as her solution for reducing stress immediately and in the longterm.  

Through mastermind groups, workshops, seminars, and her membership-based community, the topics Rita presents are not only motivational, but also inspirational, and educational. 

Each presentation includes handouts to encourage active participation and engagement as well as thought-provoking and self-discovery questions and activities.

Rita’s program “Keep Stress from Being Your Boss” has received CLE credit from the North Carolina State Bar Association for ONE HOUR Mental Health CLE in 2019.

Rita has helped thousands of women and men find peace and better health in this crazy, stressed-out world and her desire is to help thousands more – including you!

She currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, daughters, fur-babies, and fin-babies.

Rita is a member of NBG (Network, Build, Grow) and on the leadership team, co-host of Strategic Collaborations - Health and Wellness,  on the board of Directors of the Grooming Greatness Foundation, a Storyteller & Ambassador for the Mental Health America of the Carolinas (MHA), a member of the Women Speakers Association (WSA) and a member of eWomen Network. 

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Managing Stress is ... E-A-S-Y-er than You Think!

Life will always be stressful and challenging – sometimes less and sometimes more. Who would have thought the beginning of a new decade would change our lives forever?!

This year we have experienced stress like we have never experienced it before. And, never for such a prolonged period of time.

Along with the drawn-out stress, comes a whole host of health issues ranging from anxiety, depression, body aches and pains, digestive disorders, insomnia, increased irritability ... and the list goes on.

Certainly at this point, we do NOT need complicated or complex stress solutions.

What we need is a simple stress-busting plan that is practical, simple, AND highly doable.

Stop the stress overload, irritability, and frustration with 4 easy steps.

Start stressing less by recognizing your stress load, and by learning to deal with your stress triggers in a more productive, healthier way by using the E-A-S-Y Formula.

These 4 simple steps will take you from being more stressed to less stressed AND from feeling crappy to happy.

After this session, you will be armed with simple, practical, and doable stress-busting tools to put into immediate use. Worksheets included for active learning and participation.

Yes, managing stress is much easier than you think! 


How to Keep Stress from Being Your Boss!


Who’s running your life? You or your stress load?

Would you even notice if stress was in charge?

Are poor decisions and/or unclear thoughts limiting your productivity and success?  Are you noticing changes in your eating habits, cravings, or other aspects of your health?

These are all be signs and symptoms of stress.

 Our nation is in a stress crisis epidemic. Technology has made it almost impossible to unplug, rest, and relax. According to the American Psychological Association, between 73 and 77% of Americans report experiencing regular symptoms of stress.

Rita’s approach to stress reduction includes stress awareness, stress education, and stress-busting support using simple self-care techniques. Her presentations are energetic, interactive, and engaging. Each participant is guaranteed to walk away with their ONE stress-busting technique and LESS stress!


  1. Evaluate your stress score
  2. Understand how stress negatively effects the entire body
  3. Discover and explore simple stress-busting solutions



Presentation Formats: 60 to 90 minute keynotes, lunch-and-learns, in-person or virtual workshops, webinars

For more information, visit Rita’s eSpeaker Profile.

Speaker Testimonials

Rita Garnto is an excellent event coordinator, ensuring our organization’s needs were met for a requested presentation . She delivered a 30-minute self-care and stress management focused presentation at our staff meeting, providing tools and practical advice, exercises and hand-outs. Rita is very relatable, authentic and a great listener. Her message was right on point and she adapted to fit within our allotted timeframe perfectly. Employees even had the option of signing up for a self-care reminder text. Here’s the feedback I received from one of our team members “ in our hustle of everyday life, we somehow overlook self-care. . .It’s nice to be reminded. I also got my first text this morning from Rita. This is going to be great!”

Andrea I. Towner, Development Director,

MHA - Mental Health America of Central Carolinas,   Charlotte, NC  

704.365.3454 phone


Rita spoke at our women’s self-care event with an audience of about 100 attorneys who work in high stress positions for corporations all over the world.

The women were deeply inspired by Rita’s personal testimonials, experiences and advice on how to balance and improve life using personal self-care. It was a great way to kick off the half-day event, and everyone was appreciative of her book in order to refer back to the suggestions and techniques on an ongoing basis. We hope to use Rita again for other events.


Lynn Huonker

Senior Managing Counsel at Oracle America, Inc.

Executive Board Member of the Charlotte, NC Chapter of the Association for Corporate Counsel


Rita Garnto is the real deal. Her ability to relate to an audience on an individual level with each participant borders on a magical experience. 

She captivates her audience with her knowledge of how stress controls many aspects of our lives. The audience can feel and relate to the examples that she gives and are on the edge of their seats waiting for her practical steps and solutions. 

Each time I hear Rita speak I gain more knowledge for ways to apply stress relieving techniques that she presents.  She is a breath of fresh air in this high-stressed, multi-digital, do-it-all-or-else world we live in. I highly recommend RIta and her Simple Self-Care.

Melissa Taylor


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