Get your head back in the game
Lifestyle Jan 08, 2018
Long gone are the festive cheer, sparkling decorations and the anticipation of opening those pretty parcels that’ve been staring at you since the start of November. That’s right folks – we’re back to the 9 to 5 grind and somehow it doesn’t even feel like we had a holiday to begin with!
Well, instead of hitting bottom and eating that entire tub of ice cream – which you know you shouldn’t (although it tastes so good), let’s show you how to get your mind back in the game and tricks to help keep you motivated throughout the year.
Declutter your clutter
Did you know that clutter can have a significant effect on your mood? If you aren’t a tidy-Tina you might’ve experienced mental exhaustion when faced with a big task. But instead of solving the problem head-on, you just find yourself procrastinating like always. Why is that? Well, when you have too many distractions your mind isn’t able to focus on the things that matter the most or process information.
However difficult it might be, it’s time to declutter your space! Now’s not the time to get sentimental. You want to start the new you, in a new positive environment, are we right? That’s why getting rid of physical clutter is essential! It helps lessen stress, improves creativity and prevents overloading of your senses.
Destress and distract
Start planning your next holiday now! Why? Well, our brains work on an effort to value basis. In other words, we are more likely to put more effort into something if we are encouraged by the anticipation of a reward. Let’s put it this way, if you’re looking forward to going to the coast in July, you’ll only need to pace yourself until the start of the holiday as apposed to the end of the year. While you might have to work a little harder to reach all your deadlines, you’ll still have something to look forward to. That’s to say, your reward.
Personal development is something that comes highly recommended. From books to audio tapes, it all comes down to making some time for yourself and opening yourself up to how you can improve yourself. Even if you don’t think you need it, just pop a tape into the car stereo and de-stress all the way home. One of the many benefits of self-help materials is that it floods your brain with positive words and uplifting concepts. So instead of telling yourself ‘no’ or ‘I can’t do this’ you’ll find yourself making better choices to turn your ‘cannot’s into ‘can do’s.