How to beat the year-end slump

We’ve all had just about enough of 2020 – but we still have a few weeks to go before we can put up the motivational “New Year, New You” posters. There are still a few ways to lift your spirits and keep going, and have some fun while you are at it.

Out with the old, space for the new

Get rid of the junk, in your home, your garage and your work space. Empty your drawers one at a time and just work through it, throw away clutter and things you haven’t used in the last six months to a year. If you don’t want to waste, see if you can upcycle, recycle or donate.

Once you have cleaned your storage spaces, remember to place moth balls and insect repellents such as peppermint, eucalyptus and lemongrass essential oils before repacking.

This process will take the pressure off having to be productive in the first week of the new year.

Do something charitable

You may already have some items to donate after your de-cluttering process. Doing something nice will give you another sense of fulfilment, as though you made a difference. You can volunteer at a local animal shelter or charitable service organisation. Many are doing gift-wrapping and Christmas markets for fundraising. Not only will you do something nice for charity, you can get loads of ideas for holiday gifts!

View our holiday gift guide


There are things to wrap-up before you can go on holiday. Make a list and prioritise them. It is said that completing the most difficult task for the day, first, will lessen your stress. This is because, once the difficult task is over and done with, the rest will seem easy, and you won’t have the dreaded task looming over you all day.

Highlight your completed tasks in a bright, cheerful colour – as this will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Tap into positivity

Misery loves company, avoid the complainers. If someone is ranting all the time, distance yourself. This does not mean that you have to abandon those who need your support, but limit those conversations. Allow them a few minutes to get what they need to off their chest, but then sway the conversation into a positive one. Do not engage in gossip, but rather share in joyful news. Surround yourself with people that will bring out the best in you.

Accept what you can’t change, change what you can

This same principle can apply to any aspect of your life. Break-up? Get a hair cut. Moved due to circumstance? Decorate, even if it is just getting new curtains or adding a few plants. Lost someone? Visit the loved-ones you have left, and appreciate every minute of it.

Look after YOU

Maintain a healthy diet, exercise and sleep well. A mineral supplement such as Slow-Mag aids in replenishing electrolytes after rigorous exercise, soothes muscle cramps and can help you sleep more soundly.

A boost of vitamin B complex will give you the energy to maintain your stamina throughout the day. There are many options available in supplement form, as well as sachets and effervescent tablets for quick, on-the-go drinks. Some of our best-loved include Berocca and Bioplus.

Omega 3 is the ultimate brain boosting supplement. View our top tips on how to care for your brain

If you are feeling overwhelmed by heat, a cluttered mind and overall exhaustion, take a cold shower. It is said by the Medical Daily that a cold shower will give you a boost of alertness, refocus your mind and create a rush of blood to your organs, providing extra oxygen.

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