How to survive 2017’s party season
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.
STUNNERS: Wollumbin High School students Isha Cave and Vincent Hynes at their formal.