How to sur­vive 2017’s party sea­son

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE | MILESTONES - LIV­ING NAT­U­RALLY OL­WEN AN­DER­SON Ol­wen An­der­son is a natur­opath and coun­sel­lor. www.ol­we­nan­der­son.com.au

THE first en­ve­lope ar­rived last week. I was kind of ex­pect­ing it, but even so, it’s when the writ­ten doc­u­ment lands on your desk you know it’s for real.

Smooth and heavy pa­per sealed with a metal­lic gold cir­cle. You might have at least one by now too, and you know what it means... Brace your­self, func­tion sea­son is upon us: grand fi­nals, grad­u­a­tions, of­fice knees-up, fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, and the cli­mac­tic week of Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Eve.

It’s lovely to re­ceive an in­vi­ta­tion. You get to re­con­nect with peo­ple you haven’t seen in a while, or help them cel­e­brate their big event.

One in­vi­ta­tion ev­ery now and then is easy to weave into your sched­ule with­out too much trou­ble.

But from now un­til early Jan­uary we’ll all be so­cial­is­ing more, po­ten­tially de­rail­ing the progress made on health, fit­ness or weight since last New Years’ Eve.

You know that at­tend­ing each party can mean an­other missed meal, less sleep, more al­co­hol and prob­a­bly a missed train­ing ses­sion the next day.

How can you be so­cial and yet hold on to your health?

Let’s brain­storm some strate­gies in prepa­ra­tion.

Firstly, you can’t be ev­ery­where. Many a movie script has been cre­ated around a char­ac­ter who gets into all kinds of sticky sit­u­a­tions, be­com­ing tired and emo­tional be­cause they couldn’t turn down any of their in­vi­ta­tions, even if they’re on the same day, at dif­fer­ent ends of town, and re­quir­ing a change of clothes.

Maybe you could set a limit on the num­ber of par­ties you at­tend each week. But then you will have to say yes to one and no to oth­ers. Tricky, but with a dash of diplo­macy, it can be done.

Se­condly, think about get­ting your kit to­gether.

I’m talk­ing food here: like a stash of healthy non-per­ish­able snacks in your desk drawer, and some home-cooked meals in your freezer. Eat be­fore the party and you might find it eas­ier to de­cline the some­times un­healthy func­tion food.

You don’t want to feel hun­gry when the tray of deep-fried some­things is pre­sented to you.

Fi­nally, how to keep up your fit­ness train­ing and get some sleep?

There’s no easy an­swer here. You might have to choose be­tween paint­ing the town red un­til the early hours, or ex­cus­ing your­self from the party a lit­tle ear­lier than your in­ner rev­eller would like to. Good luck.

See you at the party!

❝We’ll all be so­cial­is­ing more, po­ten­tially de­rail­ing the progress made on health, fit­ness or weight...

— Ol­wen An­der­son

Olivia Ward, Kiana Janet­zki, Belle Ward, Livi Cur­rant and Louise True­man of Wol­lumbin High School at their for­mal last week.

Kelsea Cox and Josh Mar­shall are ready to en­joy the Mur­willum­bah High for­mal.

RIGHT: Mur­willum­bah stu­dents Nathanael Adams, Cor­mac White and Tully An­der­son.

LEFT: Mur­willum­bah High stu­dents Tay­lah Scott, Jes­sica Ed­wards, Rox­anne Hawke and Charlee Ryan.

ABOVE: Jess Kingston and Nuri Lamb get ready to cel­e­brate at the Wol­lumbin High for­mal.

Lara Ever­son and Ri­ley Mar­shall at­tended the Mur­willum­bah High for­mal to­gether.

PHOTOS: MELISSA BELANIC

STUNNERS: Wol­lumbin High School stu­dents Isha Cave and Vin­cent Hynes at their for­mal.

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