Top tips for surviving your Christmas party – The wellbeing edition | People Plus

Top tips for surviving your Christmas party – The wellbeing edition

Christmas can be a stressful time for some of us and it’s thought that 1 in 4 of us dreads the work Christmas party. But can a work Christmas party have a positive impact on wellbeing? Research has found there are 5 ways of wellbeing and a Christmas party seems like the perfect opportunity to engage with these as it’s a time to connect, be active, keep learning, give to others and take notice. As well as keeping these things in mind, Kim Derbyshire, Wellbeing Consultant at PepoplePlus, shares a few of her top tips for enjoying your Christmas party.

  1. Food and drink can often be the focus of Christmas parties but it doesn’t have to be. Instead, set up some festive games – a quiz, a treasure hunt, charades, karaoke or even just dance the night away.
  2. Get a good nights sleep the night before your Christmas party. A study found that we typically consume an extra 300 calories the day after a bad nights sleep.
  3. Big social events can be daunting for some of us but try to see it as an opportunity to connect with colleagues that you wouldn’t usually spend time with. You may be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities that arise from a little in-house networking.
  4. Set yourself some boundaries – You don’t need to stay until kicking out time, you don’t need to keep up with drinks rounds, you don’t need to take part in any *insert drunken shenanigans here* if you don’t want too. If you want to leave early you can and still feel like you are taking part; when it is time to go, be friendly and polite but stick with your decision. You get to choose here! Chances are, most people won’t remember that you didn’t stay until the early hours of the morning or that you bowed out of the food fight that erupted in the hotel lobby.
  5. The morning after the night before, you may find that every fibre of your being is urging you to have a duvet day, whilst binge watching Christmas films (Does Diehard count as a Christmas film?!). However, getting yourself outside for some fresh air, sunlight and to stretch your legs is much more likely to make you feel better.


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