Are you listening to Buble yet? I am – it’s very much a Christmas tradition for me! I keep accidentally blasting it out to the rest of the office when unplugging my laptop!
I do love the christmas party season and have a habit of throwing myself all in for a series of parties, dinners, Christmas markets and late night shopping (accompanied with a cocktail or two). Sadly, it can also be an exhausting time of year – your time becomes increasingly in demand, you eat (and drink) badly, don’t get enough sleep, and the cold weather plays havoc on your skin. Add to this the pressures to perform, to meet those end of year targets, to be the prodigal child, to thrill everyone with the most amazing presents … well, Christmas can turn into the ultimate ball of stress and anxiety! For that reasons, I thought I’d share with you some of my own personal tips and tricks for not turning into a ranty (or crying) mess by Christmas morning!
Keep a diary and block out me time
It’s important to have time to yourself to unwind after all those parties … as the invites start coming in, I make sure I block out time in my diary to unwind and NOT socialise (at least with no-one other than my hubby and pooch). Me time, for me, involves not getting dressed or having to run a brush through your hair – it certainly doesn’t involve make up!
Use Epsom Salt Baths & Almond Oil Massages
I’m a huge fan of a hot bath followed by all over body moisturising – I swear by epsom salts to help your muscles relax and almond oil to not only inject moisture into your skin but also relieve any muscle aches or cramps. I get more cramps during the party season as I genuinely think I’m Beyonce on the dance floor which leads to very achey muscles the next day!
Get an early night with a good book
I love an early night, wrapped up in a duvet with a winter’s fairy tale and I will be scheduling these into my Christmas regime … my favourite reads right now are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Some King of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce and Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs.
If you don’t like novels – well, I can recommend a good blog to read … or The Crown on Netflix is amazing!
Drink lots of water and vitamin C
It rehydrates, helps the skin and the vitamin C boosts your immune system – too often I’ve been laid up with a stinking cold for New Years Eve so do make sure you get your orange and lemon fix!
Set a budget
With endless parties and a want to buy presents for everyone, it can be hard not to dip into savings or stress over whether or not you should attend that party cause you know it’s going to cost you a fortune in martinis. Whatever your personal circumstances, set a budget, plan how much you’re spending on each night out and how much you’re willing to spend on a party frock – and do you even need a new party frock? If a budget is tight, check out second hand selling sites like Depop and Facebook groups like Horne’s Curvaceous Hunnies where you can pick up some real bargains.
Also set a budget for peoples presents – and do you really need to send 200 Christmas cards? I tend to donate a set amount of money to a charity of my choice and post a message on Facebook to say that I won’t be sending cards this year and have donated money to charity instead. It goes down surprisingly well!
Stock up on paracetamol & protein shakes
This is my ultimate hangover cure – a protein shakes gets a lot of lost vitamins back into you and always makes me feel a little more energised on those days I can’t simply stay in bed!
Focus on time spent together … not money spent
When money is tight, reconsider your options. Do you really need to head to that swanky wine bar, or can you all sit in your PJs (or ball gowns) in the lounge and drink super market wine – I’m sure you’ll have just as much fun as it’s the company that counts, right?
One thing I love to do is have a day out with those close to me over a present – head out for a long walk together or visit a country house. It’s far nicer than another pair of slipper socks.
Whether you book a spa day, get your hair cut, or simply spend an hour doing your nails whilst watching reruns of SATC, make sure you spend some time making sure you feel your best for all those parties and social events. That way you won’t regret the pictures at the start of the night … I can’t promise about the end!
Invest in good underwear
So this one isn’t surprising for me, I feel so much better if I’m wearing a good set of underwear that supports and makes me feel extremely sexy! There is something empowering about knowing that what’s underneath is utterly fabulous!
It’s easier said than done but do make sure you relax and enjoy yourself. If that means letting your hair down and twerking like Miley at the Christmas party then so be it, we’ve all done it so who really cares? Equally, if relaxing is cuddling the dog on the sofa then do that. Ultimately, Christmas is about doing what makes you happy … I know there’s a load of BS about Christmas is about others but I’m a big fan of looking after yourself first!
Do you have any tips for surviving the season? Share in the comments as I’d love to hear them!