‘Tis the season to be jolly

Friday 22 December

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and for many, that includes socialising with a drink in hand. However, staying on the nice list while indulging in a little holiday cheer requires a bit of mindful planning.  If you’re looking to maintain balance whilst socialising, here are some tips to keep in your tool belt:

Plan Your Evening in Advance 

Before stepping out for a night of merriment, take a moment to set a clear plan for the drinks you intend to consume throughout the evening. Visualize the environment, the people you’ll be surrounded by, and the potential conversations that might unfold. This quick mental preparation, whether in the shower or during your ride to the event, can help you approach the night with a thoughtful mindset.

Drink mindfully

Set an intention to savour your drinks slowly and engage with others on a deeper level. Take the time to connect through meaningful conversations, actively listening to what others have to say. By doing so, you not only enjoy the moment more but also create lasting memories with friends and family.

Mix in Alcohol-Free Alternatives

To maintain a sense of ease during social interactions, consider mixing in alcohol-free alternatives. Holding a glass, even if it contains a non-alcoholic beverage, can help alleviate any feelings of awkwardness and keep you in the festive spirit without the need for excessive alcohol consumption.

Get amongst the tasty treats 

Don’t forget to indulge in the delectable treats available at the gathering. After all, “eat, drink, and be merry” is a classic saying for a reason. 

Cut up the dance floor

Who says you need a couple of drinks to hit the dance floor? Cut loose and groove to your favorite tunes with the realization that the best dance moves don’t require liquid courage. Enjoy the music, let go of inhibitions, and embrace the joy of movement.

Tap Forward to a Fresh Morning

As the night unfolds, play the tap forward game. Envision waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. By doing so, you can bask in the satisfaction of knowing you’ll be prepared to rinse and repeat for the next festive occasion on the horizon.

By approaching socialising with alcohol intentionally and mindfully, you can enjoy the festivities without compromising your spot on the nice list. Cheers to a season filled with laughter, meaningful conversations, and memorable experiences. Whether you choose moderation or opt for a zero-alcohol approach, may your celebrations be merry, bright, and filled with the warmth of genuine connections. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! ✨