How Does Laughter Impact Your Health?

How Does Laughter Impact Your Health?

How Does Laughter Impact Your Health?

Did you grow up with laughter being part of your family culture? Do you realize how critical laughter is you to health?

I did not grow up with laughter and was actually told not to smile much because it showed
my crooked teeth which my parents could not afford braces. But, I did learn to laugh and
laugh hard and often through my husband and his family. I have been blessed to learn to
laugh at so many things. I’ll even tell embarrassing stories on myself just so I can have a good laugh.

Now as a caregiver to a husband with dementia, laughter is a huge piece of my own self-care so I am constantly on
the lookout for something I see or hear to laugh about.

I recently read about a man caring for his wife with dementia. As they were driving on a trip, his wife told him she
was looking out for dead animals on the side of the road. Rather than worry about what was said as something so
out of character, the man quickly responded, “Oh, hon, I didn’t realize you were so hungry.” She thought that was
very funny, and so did I.

I am not laughing at people with challenges but somethings just hit my tickle bone and that is good for me. Almost
3000 years ago the wise King Solomon wrote, “A cheerful heart is good medicine . . . . “(Proverbs 17:22a NIV)
Another way to say that is, being cheerful helps keep you healthy. If he was the wisest man of all who are alive
today, Solomon might even agree that laughter is indeed “the best medicine”. I take a dose or more a day for myself
and it relieves some of the stress out of life and caregiving.

Think about how by God’s design, laughter boosts both physical and emotional health. It’s many positive effect on
well-being can strengthen our resiliency and help us cope better with the stresses of life in all its forms. Experts
say that laughter:

  • Strengthens the immune system by increasing antibodies
  • Relaxes muscles throughout the body
  • Reduces tension, anxiety, and stress
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and elevates good cholesterol
  • Increases blood vessel elasticity
  • Increases energy
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Improves social connections
  • Shifts perspective in a positive direction

At least once a day, find something that makes you laugh, and sometimes a big belly laugh, with friends, movies,
books, and internet videos. Do it for your health. Be a good self-care giver.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

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How to Keep the Joy During the Holidays

How to Keep the Joy During the Holidays

How to Keep the Joy During the Holidays

How would this month of celebrations and activities become a memory for keeps for the entire family?
Let’s start with some strategic planning. The month may include performances, parties, special meals, gift
exchanges, along with time Let’s take a look a key tips to help improve the outcome of each piece of the
holidays.

Think about the memories being created by the choices being made about each of the holiday activities and
the accumulation of them during the month. The sum total could be wonderful or withering or disappointing. Design your memories from the beginning by considering each component.

Time ~ has its limits so work within the time you have each day and make sure you cherish rest and
sleep. Don’t skimp of sleep along with hydration and exercise. You want to stay healthy through the holidays! Reminders of these important items is essential because we humans need reminding about selfcare.

Meals ~ that may be interchanged for a specific night work could be an alternative night. Be flexible. Keep
the menu nutritious and simple and easy to prepare. Eat together as a family and keep conversation upbeat.

Help ~ Include asking for help from family members and stay calm and pleasant, even cheerful, through
working together. A mother may want to hire helping hands if small children are at home. That frees up
mom to get more done and also have the child’s needs met. An extra playmate may help the child to enjoy
the holidays more too.

Performances ~ Mark the calendar for the performance(s) that you would like to attend. Limit the number to keep the calm and joy of the season flowing throughout for all the family members.

Parties~ The same limitations hold true here too; just how many parties need to be attended? The extra
time to prepare for the parties and work meals around them can add so much stress in addition to getting
child care arranged and the cost.

Gifts~ Using the internet makes shopping quicker and easier. Plus avoidance of seasonal germs is a benefit. Having a gift wrapping station in the home with the wrap, scissors, tape and gift tags ready makes wrapping a gift on the day of purchase so much calmer than the hours it could take waiting to do them all at
once. That I learned from experience when the children were younger.

Laugher~ along with seasonal music keeps the immune system stronger so be sure to keep the air full of
music and laughter.

Each of these tips are helpful throughout much of the year so don’t limit the strategic planning to just the
holiday season. Joy to you this Holiday Season and Merry Christmas.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

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Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
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Winter Sadness

Winter Sadness

Winter Sadness

It started recently but I did not recognize it until I started talking with an acquaintance,
then the tears started rolling. I had the seasonal blues and I knew why. The weather
has shifted to cloud covered days and a recent family illness prompted a cascade of
personal setbacks, and I felt my world was caving in on me.

Drugs?

I told a friend I did not want to take a prescription because a past bad experience was
something I did not want to repeat. We agreed there had to be a better way as she also
had similar reasons for the blues and did not want to take drugs.

Solution?

We agreed on take some simple solutions like regular exercise every day along with a
healthy diet and staying hydrated along with being in touch and being real with each
other.

That staying in touch helped when the following day I saw a huge bank charge due to
using my debit card instead of my credit card, which was my plan. My brain went off
track somewhere and I did not realize I was using my debit card. I was able to vent in
high volume in my car and talk with my friend after I talked with the bank. Slight
resolution and I understand why. I must pay much closer attention to my accounts daily
if I want to avoid a similar incident.

The shorter days of light create a bit of a pinch in my schedule but the commitment to
stay with it makes me get out, like right now, as the daylight is slipping away.

Compound Effect

Back from my 60-minute walk to add I am making a commitment to be consistent to do
small specific things every day for selfcare to make a demonstrable difference in 4
months, 10 months and longer in my attitude and health. If I do nothing more from this
day forth, my health will deteriorate. With that I have made a commitment to myself and
a couple friends that I will check in with to be consistent. I will keep a calendar of what I
am doing. I owe this to myself and to my kids and grandkids.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

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Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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How to Organize Your Garage

How to Organize Your Garage

If you read the article on organizing a kitchen then you will notice how organizing a
garage has the same principles.

Tip 1: Start with a goal for your garage. For instance, a continually cleared off
workbench ready for you to step up to (because there are no piles in front of it on the
floor) and park at least one car in the garage.

Tip 2: The Sorting begins with you going through every drawer, cabinet, and shelf and
floor to see what you need to keep and use.

Tip 3: After the sorting is done the key to really get organized is how you arrange what
you truly need and use.

Tip 4: Think in terms of grouping like things. A peg board on the wall behind the
workbench can hold almost all the hand tools you need to use for any repair or project.
There are even bins with clear little drawers to hold screws and nuts and bolts. Or
holders for drills and hammers. Group recreational gear and summer patio items and
then have a section for gardening.

Tip 5: Other groupings include all the paints, plumbing, electrical, tools for tile work
along with the grout mixes, large pieces of equipment like chain saws, the saws-all can
be grouped and placed on lower portion of a shelf due to weight or in a cabinet.

Tip 6: Remain focused on what is needed and use and let go of items no longer
needed or used but could be wanted by others. I have seen bags of screws and nuts
and bolts sold at pawn shops or given to thrift stores that sell garage items. Some men
take tools on mission trips to use for projects and then leave behind for further use. You
might even donate to a church that gives in this way.

Tip 7: Racks attached to the ceiling will hold items in tubs that are only used yearly or
so like holiday decorations.

Tip 8: If two cars are being parked in the garage, stainless steel racks on wheels
placed between the parked cars can hold tubs of emergency food, or summer swim
items and sand box tools. Rubber bumpers can be place on the racks to prevent
scratching the doors.

Tip 9: Snowboards during our sons’ teen years were a problem in our tight garage so
we put bungie cord straps on the ceiling; so we strapped the snowboards on the ceiling
with the boots locked in place.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

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How to Organize Your Kitchen

How to Organize Your Kitchen

How to Organize Your Kitchen

There really is a system to organize any kitchen of any size or configuration! And you about to
learn how to organize your kitchen.

Let’s go through the key tips for your kitchen:

Tip 1: Start with a goal for your kitchen. For instance, continually cleared off countertops so
you can set 3 bags of groceries down any time you walk in the door.

Tip 2: The Sorting begins with you going through every drawer, cabinet, cupboard, closet and
shelf to see what you need to keep and use.

Tip 3: After the sorting is done the key to really get organized is how you arrange what you
truly need and use.

Tip 4: Think in terms of touch, reach, step, walk and hike along with daily use, weekly use
or every couple of weeks then holidays only. Standing at the kitchen sink you have
everything you need every day within a touch away. There is a daily use size of dish soap
under the sink or in an attractive container on the countertop by the faucet. Also, under the sink
are products in daily/weekly use size, not gallon jugs, of cleaning products, along with a
container of dish washer cleaning tablets.

Tip 5: Think of the cabinets as real estate and what is in them matters greatly. For instance,
the upper cabinet above the dishwasher is prime real estate for your daily glasses and dishes
and bowls. There is not need to walk across the kitchen several times to put a couple dishes
away and then you must walk there again to get a dish to use. AND, only have the amount of
glasses your family needs and uses; that goes for mugs too. You may only need 6-8 but you
might have accumulated 56. (It has happened!) Think about why you have emotionally decided
to dedicate so much space to a mug of memory while it steals that precious real estate that is
needed for other essential pieces. Serving bowls can be on a second shelf a cabinet away or a
few steps from the dishwasher. Every bit of shelf space if critical so don’t waste it by
thoughtlessly placing items on it that reduces needed space. The top shelf is great for item
used weekly or every couple of weeks. Items used for holidays can be placed on the top
shelves if there is room or in a walk away space like a guest room closet or even in a tub in the
garage. That is the hike away.

If you really focus on what is needed and used, then placing items on shelves and in drawers
based on frequency of use gets much easier to decide where to place items to live and be put
back to after washing.

Tip 6: Continue with this process of placing items you need and use on a shelf until you have
placed every item you use and need based on frequency of use and more and more items
can be logically placed a hike away and easily accessed when needed. Personally, I have
several tubs in the garage on racks that hold entertaining and decorating pieces that there is
simply no room for in my kitchen, but know exactly where to go to quickly and simply retrieve
each item.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
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Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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How To Find More Time In The Week And Have Less Stress

How To Find More Time In The Week And Have Less Stress

How To Find More Time In The Week And Have Less Stress

​What are the top tips to having more time in your week and less stress? Is that even
possible? Combine starting with determination, planning to be intentional, have a plan
then working the plan will all lead you toward being more productive and profitable like
nothing else! Allow me to show you how the Plan works with the help the weekly
calendar I developed (Private Message Me to get a copy you can use to plan each
week)

Start with a PLAN

Have more time for your passion in life by using this tool. It lets know where and how
much time to devote to each goal. Each week the goals you set may vary but they are:

Spiritual (meditation, reading, prayer),

Physical (so I don’t forget to set time aside to exercise),

Daily routines (morning hygiene, breakfast, dress, meal prep for day, commute),

Professional (meetings, training)

Relational (time children & grandchildren). Intellectual (reading each day, class),

Recreational (have fun and get out and laugh/can be combined with Relational),

Appointment (doctor, professional)

Chores (laundry, cleaning, gardening, pet care/exercise)

To Bed routine and lights out for the restorative sleep.

Each week varies and I decide where to devote blocks of my time. My goal is to set
aside 90-minute blocks to work in uninterrupted segments to get a project done or
articles written. I set a time and limit my online time, that way I don’t get carried away
and waste precious time.

Decide

The Top Tip is for you to take charge. Only then can steps be taken to be more
productive time in each week to increase your productivity profitability.

Be Intentional

Once the decision is made to capture more time each week, the intention to put habits
back in place regularly, some daily, which will help increase more calm in your life. For
instance, be consistent with your morning routine by getting in bed on time and the
move through the morning with each part being strategic in avoiding overwhelm to come
crashing down on you. For instance, it might help to start a load of laundry each night
before bed then move it to the dryer in the morning and fold and put it away each night.
That way you don’t run out of clean clothes. Same goes with a routine for trips to the
dry cleaner if that is something you do.

Be mindful of your habits, it is healthy to have those habits and move through them
during the day especially in the morning and evening. Skipping the habits leads to the
buildup of dirty dishes, dirty laundry, nothing to eat in the cupboards or refrigerator.
Build in regular trips to the gas station to fill up avoid seeing the big ‘E’ for the gas tank
as you get into your car.

Best Self-Measure for Being Organized

Honestly answer the question of “If you had to list your home for sale in 30 days could
you say, “Yes” without much stress? That means all the piles stacked along the
floorboards in halls and rooms are all addressed and put away. Items no longer needed
or used have been passed along to thrift stores that have a mission that aligns with your
heart. Your ‘stuff’ now is on the shelves in the thrift store to be sold or is sold already,
providing profit for the mission of the thrift store that warms your heart.

Years or decades of stuff that has accumulated has been edited down to make a move
less stressful for everyone.

Edit Years of Accumulated Stuff

Be intentional to move through each room of the home including the garage, attic and
basement to go through every drawer, cupboard, closet, shelf and stored box to
determine what can now be let go of to make any move less stressful. Keep only those
things truly needed and used. It takes time and commitment to move through that
process, so make an appointment with yourself for an hour or two as often as you can,
treat it just like a doctor’s appointment and do it. Whether it takes 2-4-6 months, or
longer you will get to the point where you can quickly answer, “Yes, I could list my home
in 30 days if something came up and I had to list my home”. Continue throughout your
life to continually let go of things no longer needed or used to avoid being a burden on
those charges with taking care of your possessions after your last breath.

Be Free

Feel the ‘load’ of overwhelm evaporate when the editing is done and you have less stuff
and better order in your week; be free and be ready for what shows up next in life,
because there is always something new coming. We can’t stop change.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
www.elisahawkinson.com

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Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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