Give yourself a healthy gift this year! Eighty percent of illnesses now are stress related. The holidays are a highly stressful time of year for many people. Being organized WILL cut down on your stress level but trying to tackle ‘getting organized’ during the holiday season could possibly add to your stress. Here are a couple tips for getting organized and staying healthy this holiday season:

EAT WELL. GET ENOUGH REST.

Enough said. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier tonight.

Tracy’s Tip

I have been eating Kale salads – chop up fresh Kale, chop up whatever fruits or vegetables you have and sprinkle them on top (kiwi – high in vitamin C, carrots, fresh green beans, avocado, tomatoes, apples, etc). Sprinkle some nuts on top (I have been eating walnuts – although not my favorite I am told they are one of the healthiest). Drizzle a small amount of dressing on top (I have been using Hendrickson’s Sweet Vinegar & Olive Oil). Yummy! And FILLED with nutrients to fuel my body! For more specific help with nutrition ideas visit Nu-Trix Health and Wellness.

EXERCISE.

Don’t wait until the new year. Get moving!!

Tracy’s Tip

This is an area that I typically have a hard time staying consistent with but have been working out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 5:35. Join a class. It has helped me find motivation. I love my Body Pump class and am highly challenged with Brynn’s cardio-boxing-step class!! For more specific help with exercise visit Former Fitness Flunky.

ORGANIZE.

Focus on small tasks. For example, while the water is coming to a boil when cooking dinner organize the pan cabinet.

Tracy’s Tip

Give up on perfection. Just organize for 15 minutes, one small area. While pulling things out sort into categories, purge, move the things that do not belong, wipe out the space, put things in organized, use containers or products only if needed and then label as much as possible so everyone can help keep it organized. Enjoy!

BETTER THAN BEFORE

Have you ever heard someone say, “Let’s leave this place better than when we arrived.” During this holiday season make this your motto. Take the time to organize the things you use. For example, when putting away Halloween decorations take the time to purge the things you did not use, purchase/use a container(s) to store your decorations in and label the container. Do this for ALL holiday decor, your holiday address list (purge the list and enter them in your computer), your wrapping supplies (purge the old, organize what you are keeping), your holiday menus (make a grocery list, take notes for next year and store in a binder), etc.

Tracy’s Tip

You may not have the time, or the desire, to plan out everything you are going to do this holiday season BUT just take the time to record what you DO. Take notes on blank calendars, store them in a binder and write what you DID do and WHEN you did it! Add what you did not have time for, what you should have started earlier and what stressed you. Stick a label on it called ‘Holiday Binder.’ Keep it where it makes sense to you – you could include your menu notes in it and store it next to your cookbooks. Next year you will be so thankful that you did this! You will have left this year better than when you arrived!

Remember

ONE step at a time. Baby steps.

Small amounts of time.

Little projects.

Leave this year better than the last!

Give up on perfection and take time to ENJOY the people (and pets) in your life!

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Tracy Hoth