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Finding Focus Amid End of Year Fatigue

The holidays often bring joy, but for many, this season also ushers in mental fog and overwhelm.

Shorter winter days, holiday frenzy, travel plans, shopping, crowds - it's easy to end up exhausted and unfocused by year's end.

The good news is that with some simple yet effective daily routines, you can cut through the brain fog within a few days - even amidst the holiday hustle.

I’m a certified transformation coach, clinical nutritionist, hypnotherapist and Master NLP practitioner and have outlined below my personal tried-and-tested tips for renewing mental clarity and focus in just 3 days. 

With some mindfulness, nutrition planning and stress-relieving techniques, you'll be checking off your holiday to-do list with energy and intention. 

Day 1: Clear Mental Space

I start my mornings with a peaceful routine: I spend 5-10 minutes taking some deep breaths on my shakti mat or sitting quietly in meditation. This helps me set a positive, intentional tone for my day.

I also limit digital devices first thing in the morning and set specific times (9 am, 12 pm, 3 pm) to check emails and notifications. This prevents me from getting distracted or overwhelmed.

I spend 20 minutes tidying up my home office and workspace. For me, a clutter-free environment contributes to a clearer, calmer mind. I also journal at the end of the day to help process my thoughts and gain insight into what might be causing mental overwhelm.

Day 2: Boost Focus

I use the pomodoro technique to enhance my ability to focus for long periods of time. I'll work / do tasks for 25-minute bursts, then take a 5-minute break to stretch. After 4 work/break cycles, I take a 15-30 minute longer break.

I also make sure I fuel my brain every few hours with foods containing omega-3s (salmon, walnuts), antioxidants (berries, dark leafy greens) and brain-boosting compounds (eggs, turmeric). Staying hydrated is also key!

I’ll definitely also make time for 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise like brisk walking or gentle yoga. Moving my body stimulates cognitive function and blood flow. But I’m careful not to overdo it.

Day 3: Reflection & Renewal

On day three, I spend quality time having meaningful conversations with positive friends and mentors. Their perspectives provide me with clarity and new insights.

I also make sure to spend 30-60 minutes outside in nature, whether going for a mindful walk or just sitting on my garden. Being in nature, away from electronics and artificial lighting, has an innately calming effect on my nervous system.

After three days of following this structured routine, I feel more focused, clear-headed and able to tackle big projects or decisions from a grounded, thoughtful place.

As a certified transformation coach, I help people create positive change in mindset and daily habits. 

If you’d like guidance, tailoring a customised mind clarity plan, book a free 30-45 minute discovery call with me. I’d love to support you on your journey toward mental clarity!

Certified Transformation Coach

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December 21, 2023

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