As the holiday season creeps upon us and the social calendar begins to fill up, it can be easy to get carried away with all the pre-christmas partying that come the big day you might feel completely worn out! it’s important to look after yourself so that you can enjoy the best of all the Christmas parties without running yourself into the ground. We’ve put together some simple tips that can help you survive the christmas party period.
Taking a little time to plan your Christmas party schedule can go a long way to reduce your stress levels, and stop you from having that panicking feeling that you don’t know what your doing or where your supposed to be celebrating from one day to the next. Remember that in addition to all the fantastic festive celebrations you’ll be enjoying, you’ll also be finding time to squeeze in your Christmas shopping, decorating and making sure you’re all ready for Christmas day. If you don’t already have a calendar, get one; even if it’s only for the month of December! You might find it easier to print out a timetable and have it by your desk at work so you can see at a glance what you’re doing when those Christmas party invites start coming through!
Don’t feel obliged to go to everything
The build up to Christmas can feel like one long party, but unless you’re Paris Hilton chances are you can’t spend each morning after a party lounging by the pool or sleeping all day until your next social engagement. There just aren’t enough hours in a day or days in the month to mean that you can go to every single invitation you get without getting tired. Prioritise which parties you want to go to; remember, it’s all about quality, not quantity.
Don’t stay until the end
If you do find yourself with a party list as long as your arm, remember not every night has to be a 6am finish. It’s easy to get caught up in the festive celebrations of a christmas party and it might be hard to tear yourself away from the dance floor after Slade comes on for the 5th time, but leaving a little earlier and getting a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your energy levels.
Keep stocked up on fruit and veg
With chocolates and sweet treats surrounding you at Christmas your healthy routine often goes out of the window, why have an apple when someone’s brought in another tray of mince pies? A little indulgence is a good thing, but don’t forget your fruit and veg, it will give your immune system a little boost and stop you feeling so sluggish after those late nights of mulled wine and yuletide logs!
Don’t drink too much
We’ve put this tip last, as even though abstaining from alcohol altogether would certainly give us more energy throughout the christmas period, we just couldn’t imagine a festive season for most of us without a little tot of sherry here and there. The key thing here is not to overdo it… at least at every Christmas party!
Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself breezing through the party season with the ease of an A-list celebrity.