November and December can be incredibly busy months as people look forward to the holidays. This is prime party season which can be incredibly stressful. And that stress can show on everything from our immune system to our skin! Stress induces a chemical reaction that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. Stress also makes it more difficult for the skin to heal itself. It can aggravate eczema and psoriasis. It can cause hives and blisters. Stress can even negate the benefits of your daily skin care regimen. Phew! Certainly not something we’d like to deal with on top of everything else!
So read on for our tips to getting ready stress-free, for holiday parties:
1. Plan Carefully
Every good, stress-free holiday party starts with planning. Now is the time to get to it. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and is quickly followed by Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.
Detailed lists are our best friends to avoid last minute forgetfulness and surprises! The lists do not have to be terribly long, but they should include all those things that need to get done in advance of your party. It could be as simple as booking your nail and hair appointments now, putting together all your outfits and holiday presents or host gifts, if you are on a whirlwind schedule of parties to attend. And if you find yourself hosting as well, Party-Day You will thank you for having made a list of food, drinks, party favours, who to sit where ahead of time! Follow a mindful routine for your regular skincare so that your skin can remain glowing and fresh through the holiday season.
2. Include Close Guests More Actively
Holiday parties often become stressful when hosts put all the responsibility on themselves. In their desire to remain in control, they don’t delegate anything to guests. But it’s ok to ask your close friends or colleagues that you know wouldn’t mind to give you a little assist. You could ask one friend to draw up a drinks menu, another to suggest the hors d’oeuvres, and the Pinterest fan to suggest decorations. Getting your guests involved will reduce your stress and make them feel more involved.
3. Prepare What You Can in Advance
If any of your holiday parties require cooking, do as much as you can in advance. Let’s say you’re planning to serve your famous hot chili to keep guests warm on a cold, winter night. Cook it on an upcoming Saturday and then freeze it. Chili does very well in the freezer. Find recipes that do not require a ton of prep on the day of the event such as Christmas cutouts, breads, and pastries.
4. Indulge a Little
Indulging in sugary treats isn’t good for the skin. But indulging every once in while doesn’t hurt. In fact, it can be both a quite a treat at this time of year. A favorite holiday dessert gives us something to look forward to, whether it’s Nana’s recipe for chocolate cake or that 6-layered cake you’ve mastered after multiple reruns of a beloved baking show. Our team favourite is this delicious vegan chocolate cake!
5. Dispense with the Formality
Last but not least, try dispensing with the formality. Yes, some occasions like an office party or a holiday gala require a certain level of formality in dress and demeanor, but where possible, just go with the flow. If you’re planning a party, ease some flexibility into the event. Everyone doesn’t have to arrive at the same time. There doesn’t have to have a planned agenda. Let people come and go when they can; let your guests just hang out and do what comes naturally. The more organic your holiday party, the less stressful it will be.
Holidays are a time for fun and for connecting with your friends, family and community in an engaging, stress-free and enjoyable manner. Don’t let stress be a major factor as you get ready for this year’s holiday parties. If you can get through the holiday season with a more relaxed attitude, you will step into the new year energized and happy, instead of worn out and stressed.