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Christmas Party Season

Tomorrow we have our team Christmas party for work. Now I know many of my colleagues are looking forward to this and I wish I could but somehow it fills me with a certain amount of dread. It is being held at a bar in London which not only means a 2.5 hour commute to London for the day for me but it also means I have to stay up late. I can't leave before 8 as it will look rude. This means I won't get home until around 10:30 which means I'll be tired out for Thursday. Fortunatley I've arranged to work from home on Thursday so can have a little lie in.

The big company xmas do is next Thursday which I'm not going to as it will be a very late night as it doesn't start until 8.

I also have a group dinner on Saturday which doesn't start until 7:30 but I should be home by 10:30/11.

This time of year should be full of fun but I find it exhausting. Any tips for coping with the party season?

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Suzy I completely understand how you feel about all this, I am sure we all do. At this time of year there can be so many events we feel we have to go to, but instead of looking forward to them, it fills us with dread.

The best advice I can give you is to ensure a few nights before you try to get as much rest as you can, pace yourself whenever you are able to, take your meds regularly to give yourself the best chance. It won't be so much the event that exhausts you, it will be afterwards. So after each event, even if you are feeling ok, get to bed and rest. Don't tidy up or load the dishwasher (terrible examples, but you get my point), prioritise yourself and your energy and the following day, and rest.

Hoping it goes well for you, rest whenever you can in between it all. Wishing you all the very best Suzy.

(((hug))) xxx



Hi Suzy,

I can only echo what Libby has already said: pace yourself, allow yourself rest before, during and after the event, and put yourself first. I don't know if you're the same, but I always find that the more pain I'm in, the more exhausted I feel, so try to keep on top of your meds, even if it means avoiding alcohol where you might usually imbibe!

My OH is avoiding his work do this year, as he's worried he'll either have a good day, and they'll think he's skiving off, or he'll feel rubbish and make a fool of himself. I'm just glad that the current low-morale at my place means we haven't even booked one this year!

Hugs xx


Don't worry I will keep on top of my meds. And tramadol mixed with a glass of wine = 4 glasses of wine so I won't be drinking that much ;)


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