How to Prepare Your Mind and Body for Holiday Party Season
The holiday party season is a joyful time to see friends you haven't caught up with in ages, throw on your party dress, and toast with Champagne. However, if you aren't in a good place mentally, the party circuit can be draining and even uncomfortable. In order to make the most of this festive time, we thought it prudent to make a guide for mind and body party prep. Scroll through and make sure you're ready for the holiday mingling that is about to commence.
You never want to show up to a house party empty-handed. Of course your standard bottle of wine will always do, but when you're attending the party of someone you really care about go the extra mile and get them something really thoughtful. After all, the hostess has undoubtedly put lots of thought into making her party enjoyable for you. We love the idea of building or buying a custom gift pack to help the hostess unwind after the festivities are over.
Never show up to a cocktail party hungry. You'll end up gorging on shockingly caloric hors d'oeuvres or worse—getting embarrassingly tipsy on an empty stomach. Do yourself a favor and have a little peanut butter with a sliced apple, or something with protein to help tide you over.
The best way to clear your mind of your to-do list and boost your body confidence is to get in a workout before a holiday party. You'll feel naturally buzzed from the endorphins, and your skin will glow with health. It's always nice to give your mind, body, and skin a break from the office before transitioning into social mode. Shake it off with a dance class or quick weight-training routine before you slip into your heels.
Avoid wardrobe malfunctions by trying on your outfit of choice the night before. That way you'll notice random stains or styles that need to be tweaked before you head out. It also gives you the peace of mind of knowing ahead of time exactly what you're wearing and how it fits.
Perhaps the most common (and often most annoying) question that floats around during small talk is What are you up to these days? If you want to avoid the predictable "same old, same old" response, you might want to think about this before you start making the rounds. I find the most interesting conversation partners are those who talk about their life outside of work. For instance, I recently talked to a man who was training for a triathlon, which was a lot more interesting to talk about than his accounting job. By thinking about three positive things you did this year, you not only have fresh topics for lagging conversations, you also remind yourself of the cool things you've been up to in the past year, which is itself a confidence boost. So turn on a pump-up playlist and relive some of your 2015 accomplishments—big or small.
You should always be hydrating, but on days when you know you have an evening soirée, make sure to pay special attention to your water intake. When conversing with friends and acquaintances, it's easy to lose track of how many drinks you've had. But you definitely won't lose track of a monster hangover the next morning. Avoid unnecessary pain by keeping yourself extra hydrated leading up to a night out.
Treat yourself to a glam session before you head out. Whether it's applying a red lip or booking yourself a blowout, doing that extra something to make yourself feel pampered works wonders on lifting your spirits.
What's your favorite thing to do before going to a holiday party? Share with us in the comments.