The silly season in South Africa has come to refer to the summer season leading up to Christmas and New Year whereby many more social engagements take place, leaving most people in a complete spin – usually at a time when work demands much more than usual on account of the year-end holiday. It’s no secret that people are already fatigued after another emotionally charged year. With little time left, here are some tips to finish the year on a high point.
5 Top tips to finish the year on a high point
1. STIMULATE THOSE ENDORPHINS
As the year comes to a close, your mind needs those precious endorphins to help you battle through year-end frustrations. The end of the year brings warmer, lighter weather, so take advantage of the longer days and commit to your exercise routine, your run or that yoga class.
2. KEEP A SINGLE FOCUS
Research has shown that multitasking can actually make you unproductive, despite letting you feel like you’re getting many things done at once. Rather, commit yourself to one specific task at a time. Once that task is complete, tick it off your list and move on to the next task. You’ll be surprised at how much you’re able to accomplish.
3. WRITE IT DOWN
To avoid the need to multitask permanently, keep a notebook handy and make sure you jot every item down. With a head full of thoughts ranging from festive gifting to what swimming costume you’re planning for your beach outing, you’ll need to keep track of it all in one or several well thought out lists.
4. LESS IS MORE
With the arrival of the fourth wave and with the end of year fatigue taking hold – it’s time to slim your social calendar down to only the very necessary outings. Now is the time to take a well-deserved rest from a stressful and busy year – and filling your calendar with endless social engagements is likely to deplete your energy.
5. IT’S THE SEASON FOR SPOILING
Who says that spoiling needs to be for someone else? It’s time to assemble your own self-care advent calendar. For each of the days leading to Christmas, choose a self-care ‘product’ that will enhance your mood and spirit. Choose items like the Shower to Shower Sensitive Body Wash with calming chamomile, to leave your skin feeling and smelling sublime. From as little as R42.99, it’s a budget-friendly gift that brings a ‘hotel-feeling’ to your bathroom when it unleashes its delicate scent. How about a beautifully fragranced body cream? Next up – a cooling eye mask after a long day in the office. Sweet treats, cosmetic products…the options are endless.