How To Survive The Silly Season, Like A Boss

Who ever gave me this idea to study as we head in to the silly season has a lot to answer for.  I don't know whether to drink less and study more or just learn to study better with a hangover.  I guess it depends on the size of the hangover!

Photo by Pineapple Supply Co. on UnsplashWith all this studying, full-time working and pretty much the entire silly season to get through I decided it would be beneficial to draft up a few pointers to help get through it. 

If you're one of those people who don't get swept up in the silly season, have way too much control or live your life like it's silly season every day, then this guide is NOT for you. 

For everyone else, here it is...

'How To Survive The Silly Season, Like A Boss'

 1. Acceptance

Photo by freestocks.org on UnsplashAcceptance is key folks, don't fight it.  Accept as many invitations as you can possibly attend between now and Christmas, mix boozy lunches with evening parties and even the mid-week school night shenanigan.   

Accept the fact that you will suffer from tiredness and more frequent hangovers that accompany such silly season events.  And accept the fact that you will have less money due to excessive spending on said events.

That's why acceptance comes in at No.1 - accept it, feel it, embrace it, do it and enjoy it.  You get this right and you'll ride the silly season like a backyard slip n slide, easy but a little precarious. 

2. What Budget?

Photo by Melissa Walker Horn on Unsplash How many times have you felt crappy because you totally killed your budget and you haven't even bought half of the presents on your gift list yet?  Yep, most of us have been there before.

Well the answer to this little problem lies neatly after Christmas.  Budgets at Christmas are like fun-sponges, they soak up that fun quicker than you can pull out your credit card.  Ditch the bloody budget and start concocting a plan to pay the damn debt off before March next year.  If you're not already detoxing and staying away from any sort of social activity by mid-January then you'll be close to it. Which means you'll be spending less money and trying to exercise the damage from your Christmas body, leaving you with more disposable income to throw at your Christmas debt.  Problem solved!

3. But I Don't Know What To Buy

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Unless you're one of the rare thoughtful individuals who are actually good at buying for other people (and therefore most likely finished your shopping before the silly season) stop feeling guilty about gifting your loved ones with a decent gift card.  Heck, go for old and pop some cash in a card with a few hugs n kisses like your Nan used to do.  Give others the gift of shopping for themselves and you'll be on your way to the next shindig in less than an hour, with all your Christmas shopping sorted.

4. Sleep and Berocca
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Now I'm absolutely dead-set serious on this one.  To get through the silly season and still get sh*t done one must schedule in at least one (if at all possible, two) decent sleeps per week, washed down with regular Berocca.  No one can manage the silly season with a depleted immune system and sickness.  The only way you can manage that is to soldier on with Codral and they don't mix well with booze, so that's rather unhelpful.  A good sleep and regular Berocca will do wonders for your stamina, throw in Hydralyte for an electrolyte hit, when the hangover is fierce.

5.  Breathe, Smile & Nod

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We all know that sometimes the silly season brings with it those soul destroying small talk situations where you actually, really would rather be shopping (eeek!!).  Well maybe that's an exaggeration but you get the gist and when that situation strikes, just breathe, smile & nod. If you have a drink you can add a gulp to the end of it.  

It's a beautiful mantra that gets me through a whole heap of silly season small talk every year (probably gets me a little drunk too) but hey, I swear by it.  Repeat to yourself ...breathe, smile, nod, then gulp.  Breathe, smile, nod, then gulp.  Breathe, smile, nod, then gulp ...Try it!

It's that simple.  You have embraced the silly season whole-heartedly, ditched the undue stress that is attached to a Christmas budget, nailed your gift shopping in under an hour, scheduled in sleep, vitamin B and hydration and topped it all off with a mantra.

Go and enjoy yourselves friends!

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