Most of us are still recovering from the Diwali weekend. And if that was a sign of anything to come it’s going to be one long, marathon party all the way to the New Year.
And you'll want to pace yourself. Get through it.
Let’s look at a few cheats that will help you make it to the end of the festive party season with your mind, body, relationships, bank balance and dignity intact. Alright, maybe not your mind. Or your dignity. And the less said about your bank balance, the better.
Let’s get things clear. The festive party season loves you. Almost as much as you love it. The season does not discriminate. Filthy rich, or strapped for cash. Single, or attached. It doesn’t care about bad skin, or your weight issues.
And that’s why you need to keep it at an arm’s length. It’s nice to get to know the party season as an acquaintance, or as a buddy you catch up with a couple of times a week. Just don’t get too attached, pick and choose your dos.
Because the party season is a great friend, but get in too deep and the demands are overwhelming. It won’t check your schedule to find out when you’re free, or try to fit in around your employment commitments. The parties come in random, short bursts. Nothing for a week, and then 3 dinners and a couple of gigs in 4 days, your liver be damned!
So, when you do go out, know yourself, and pace your drinking.
And if you do happen to get a little tipsy, be responsible. There is nothing wrong with a couple of drinks at your office Christmas party, and there’s nothing wrong with a few more at a slightly more intimate party with your friends.
On the other hand, there’s nothing right about being so drunk that you end up embarrassing yourself, your friends or your host. Be responsible. If you find yourself thinking that the best move would be to grab the microphone from the emcee and break into a heartfelt cover of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man, sit yourself down and have a glass of water.
All those drinks you consume are bound to take their toll if you don’t eat right.
I’m not going to get into the details, but eat well and you’ll keep those engines running steady all the way to the end of the season. And while we’re on it, don’t let hangovers be an excuse to drop your normal exercise routine either. Can’t afford a breakdown now, can we?
The next tip to survive the season is to have a party buddy. Find a like-minded friend or two who you can tag along with to these events.
Pick a friend who’s out every weekend, the one who stretches a Saturday night all the way to Sunday afternoon, yet still manages to show up to work on Monday morning, fresh as a daisy. Or the one who calls it a night at midnight. Whichever you’re more compatible with.
Like any other time of the year, the festive season has its highs and lows. Do not fight it. The festive season always wins. Even if you feel like you’re not up to it, and you decide you’d rather stay home, your old friend from 6 years ago will show up in town, come over unannounced with a case of beer and a plan to go pub-hopping.
Fighting it will just make it worse. So suck it up, and pretend like you enjoy it. Soon enough you’ll actually begin to.
Lastly, once you’ve made it through the festive season, all the way to New Year’s, it might be tempting to throw in the towel, and smirk to yourself about how you made it. But, don’t stop partying just because the ‘season’ is over. The season is over when you decide it’s over.
So keep going and if you play it just right, you’ll manage to coast along in party mode all the way till the next party season comes along. It’s not too far off as it is.
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