Incredibly, the end of the year is upon us again – and for many of us, a sense of relief, too.
There’s a peculiar phenomenon that seems to afflict many of us around this time of the year. We work hard, we stay focused on our goals, and we push through, no matter how difficult things may seem sometimes. We know that the holidays are just around the corner, and it’s worth sacrificing the extra time and energy because soon – very soon – we’ll be able to enjoy the well-earned rest.
In theory, that’s how it works. The reality, though, is a little different.
Holidays arrive. Sun-filled lazy days of family fun and laughter (or so we expect). And yet, despite the fact that the pressure is off, we suddenly feel exhausted. Colds and flu, maladies we’ve avoided all year, suddenly announce themselves. And, for some, there’s also a nagging feeling of mild discontentment, of disenchantment.
This is what I’ve been waiting for. Why does it feel like such an anti-climax? And why am I suddenly, constantly, so tired?
Thankfully, psychologists tell us that there’s a very good reason for it. And they’ve outlined a couple of simple ways to prevent it from happening, too.
THINK THROUGH, NOT TO
Pretty much every human being has goals. Particularly in the work space, and even socially, we’re deluged with constant reminders of how important it is to set and achieve goals. Because if you don’t, you’re supposedly lazy, or lack vision. Or so some would have us believe.
Being excessively goal-focused carries its own set of drawbacks, though – and the year-end doldrums are a great example.
You see, we very often focus on getting somewhere – on achieving something – and we marshal all our resources to make it happen. And when we cross that finishing line, all of a sudden there’s nothing more upon which to focus our energy. In a very real psychological sense, we hit the wall.
An old adage tells us: Think through, not to – and it’s very sage advice.
When we think beyond a goal – through, in other words – our subconscious mind allocates resources to the things that lie beyond the “grand goal”. So, it tends to conserve a certain amount of focus and energy for that and doesn’t run you until the proverbial tank is empty. That’s why we sometimes feel so exhausted and deflated after achieving what we think is a milestone (like making it to the holidays!).
But when we have a bigger picture – a series of hills instead of one enormous mountain peak – we experience a sense of freshness and excitement, and even after achieving an objective or finishing off a gruelling year, we’re still pumped about the longer-term successes we’ve planned beyond that.
Sounds too simple for you? That’s what makes it so easy to do – and so powerful. Do yourself a favour, and relax a little. Yes, you’ll make it through the last (customarily hectic) days of the year, but there’s more to it than just surviving silly season. There are blue skies ahead, the year to come holds plenty of magic and excitement if you’re willing to see it, and there is so very much to be grateful for and to plan for. And when you do that, you’ll find that you’re able to enter the new year well rested, positive, and motivated, with a calm sense of knowing that you’re in control.
THE BEST ANTIDOTE TO STRESS
Stress is caused when something happens that we can’t control – and in our fast-paced world, there’s an awful lot of that going around right now!
One of the most wonderful ways to take your focus off all the negatives, and to instil a whole new sense of peace and happiness, is to give to others. Of course, this should be obvious (‘tis the season for giving, right?), but being human, we all sometimes tend to spiral a little.
So, if you’d like to change that, the key is to give. Give a smile, give encouragement, give a word of kindness and grace, and see how your world changes. Gifts are a practical and sincere way to express kindness, and if you’re looking for practical, beautiful stocking fillers this festive season, what better choice than the Down To Earth range of environmentally conscious, cruelty-free, and 100% natural skin care products? These are a brilliant choice that lets people know that you care – for them, and for the planet, too.
It’s conscious, its kind, and it’s so easy to do.
SPOIL YOURSELF WITH THIS QUICK DIY FACE MASK!
You deserve to be pampered a lot more, and so we thought we’d sharing this really amazing skincare combo that will leave you feeling like royalty. Ready?
1/2 cup double cream yoghurt (soy or coconut yoghurt for vegans)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons turmeric
2-3 pea-sized squeezes of Down To Earth Revive Moisturiser
How to apply your moisturising mask:
Mix the yoghurt, coconut oil, and turmeric together (you can use a hand whisk or an electric hand mixer on low speed). Combine until you have a smooth, creamy paste. Apply the paste to clean, freshly-washed skin, paying particular attention to the area under your eyes, just above your eyebrows, and around your mouth.
The turmeric gently exfoliates and reduces inflammation, the yoghurt feeds and plumps out tired cells, and the coconut oil penetrates deep into the skin to prevent dryness. Leave the mask to rest for around 5-8 minutes, then rinse it off using warm water.
Now, we need to lock the goodness in – and for this, you simply apply the Revive Moisturiser gently to the entire face. The combination of African potato and Shea Butter is what will enable your skin to keep soft and glowing for hours afterward – and you’ll see (and feel) a huge difference!
This simple combination is one of our secret weapons – and now, we’re sharing it with you.
Give it a try, let us know how it leaves your skin feeling, and enjoy the happiest of holidays!