Prioritising wellbeing in December amongst the festive season chaos


As the holiday season approaches, so does the flurry of Christmas parties and gatherings. The air is filled with the promise of merriment, but amidst the joy, it’s crucial to prioritise your wellbeing. Balancing your home life, and relationships, along with alcohol and indulgent foods while navigating the Christmas party season can be challenging. The good news is, that with mindful strategies, you can embrace the festivities while taking care of yourself. It’s easy to be a people-pleaser at this time of year – but your own wellbeing is important.


Embrace the Joy of Laughter


Laughter is indeed the best medicine, bringing that endorphin rushing “high” and socially bonding, especially during the festive season.

You could be entertained at a comedy show, but often at parties, you may engage in conversations that bring joy, share funny anecdotes, laugh at people’s funny situations, and participate in light-hearted activities.

Laughter is contagious, and spreading cheer can make the celebration more enjoyable for everyone. Not only that, but laughter releases endorphins also – enjoying the natural “high” feeling, reducing stress and enhancing overall wellbeing.


The Art of Being Empathetic


Whilst you’re enjoying yourself, be mindful of others who may be going through a tough time. They could be experiencing grief or missing loved ones at this time of year. It could be the cost-of-living crisis, or family challenges that make them feel sombre. Be aware of your friends, relatives, and work colleagues if they are quiet or shy away from social gatherings. Spare some time to offer a listening ear, being kind to others is always going to be of benefit.


Alcohol Moderation for Mindful Celebrations


Alcohol often flows freely during holiday parties, but moderation is key.

Excessive drinking can lead to adverse health effects and dampen the joyous spirit of the season.

Alternating alcoholic beverages with water or non-alcoholic options can help pace your consumption. Additionally, setting a limit beforehand and sticking to it allows you to enjoy the festivities while remaining in control.


You’ll also have to think about how you are travelling home, a designated driver or taxi, ahead of leaving time. Judgement is altered with alcohol and it’s easy to be blasé about situations.


If you are reliant on alcohol for confidence maybe it’s time to try a wellbeing technique to help with this.


Mindful Eating Amidst Tempting Delights


The spread of delectable holiday treats can be irresistible.

While indulging in festive foods is part of the fun, practising mindful eating can help maintain balance.

Before reaching for seconds, pause and savour each bite. Be conscious of portion sizes and opt for a balanced plate with a variety of foods.

Prioritise nutritious options while allowing yourself to enjoy the occasional treat guilt-free. The party season is a long period of time, so moderation is key.


Noise, Noise, and More Noise


Talking above each other isn’t for everyone. Some people find concentrating on one voice hard and background voices/sounds distracting. Do bear in mind that shouting above each other isn’t for everyone, and small talk can be hard for some.


Prioritising Self-Care and Rest


Amidst the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to prioritise self-care. It’s all to easy to burn out quicker than a candle flame. Ensure you get adequate rest between parties and take breaks to recharge. Engage in activities that relax and rejuvenate you, whether it’s meditation, a leisurely walk, or simply some quiet time. Taking care of your mental and physical health is essential for enjoying the holiday season to its fullest.


Conclusion: Finding Balance Amidst Festivities


The Christmas party season is a time of joy, laughter, and celebration. While embracing the spirit of the festivities, it’s crucial to prioritise your wellbeing in December. Balance is the key—indulge in laughter, enjoy the occasional drink and festive treats, but do so mindfully. Remember to take care of yourself amidst the excitement. By incorporating moderation, mindfulness, and self-care into your celebrations, you can navigate the Christmas party season with both joy and wellbeing.


This holiday season, cherish the memories, spread some cheer, and most importantly, look after your health and wellbeing amidst the celebrations. Cheers to a joyful and balanced Christmas party season!


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