Whether it’s an office party, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, this holiday season is sure to take up prime real estate on your social calendar. But all that extra socializing can be a lot of work — mentally, physically and financially. Tis the season to cherish the moment and make memories with people we love, NOT to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Luckily, with a little planning, you can make the most out of your holiday season and end the decade on a high note.
Concern #1: "I have nothing to wear!"
Rental services like Rent the Runway, Stitch Fix, Nuuly, and Infinitely LOFT let you enjoy beautiful clothing without the financial commitment. These subscription services run between $65-$95 per month and allows users to rent approximately 3-6 pieces each billing cycle (rules vary by vendor). For the price of one nice dress (or less), you’ll be sent up to six new pieces you can wear all holiday season long. Sustainable, affordable, and stylish!
Dress for your body type.
Ditch the trends and dress for your body type. Use this super helpful guide to identify your shape, then read up on style recommendations that work best with your uniquely beautiful bod. There’s nothing better than walking into a party feeling comfortable, confident and cute!
Concern #2: "I’m on a budget!"
If you don’t want to show up to a party empty handed but the extra spending is outside your budget, don’t fret — there are plenty of ways to show your love and appreciation without spending a dime.
Shop your kitchen.
Take stock of everything in your fridge and pantry, then challenge yourself to create a dish you can bring to the party using ingredients you already have. Get creative and enjoy the process!
Write a heartfelt note.
Love is at the heart of the holidays. Take it as an opportunity to let the people in your life know how special they are (the more specific, the better). There’s no greater feeling than knowing you are loved and appreciated! We’ll take that over a scented candle any day.
Offer to help.
In lieu of a gift, find out if the host needs help setting up, or volunteer to hang back and clean once the festivities subside. Many people have trouble asking for help or don’t want to burden others. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to actually catch up.
Concern #3: "I can’t party like I used to!"
If you choose to partake in traditional holiday refreshments, it’s smart to have a good hangover strategy in place (as it turns out, late night fast food doesn’t actually soak up all the alcohol).
- NAC: NAC, or N-acetylcysteine, has been shown to block the adverse effects of ethanol in the body. Alcohol (ethanol) breaks down into acetaldehyde, which can harm your body and liver. To combat the damage, your body produces glutathione. An NAC supplement helps replenish glutathione levels so your body is better equipped to repair itself. Take NAC before you start drinking for maximum benefit.
- Vitamin C: Drinking drains your body’s store of necessary minerals and vitamins. Vitamin C in particular has been shown to speed up the metabolism of alcohol in the liver, which does wonders in preventing next-day distress. Supplement your diet with extra Vitamin C before and after you imbibe.
- Water: A tried and true classic that’s guaranteed to work (and costs nothing!). Before you leave the house, set a glass of water by your bedside and force yourself to drink it before you go to sleep. Your body will thank you!
If alcohol isn’t your speed (or you’re trying to cut back), there are plenty of fun alternatives that let you sip without the consequences.
- Try Kin: Featuring a proprietary blend of adaptogenic herbs, nootropics and botanics, this drink won't get you buzzed, but it is designed to subtly enhance your mood. Plus, the ingredients are great for you! Shop Kin Euphorics.
- Kombucha: This fizzy, gut-friendly beverage is a tasty alternative to a night of heavy drinking. Plus, some batches are brewed to preserve some of the drink’s naturally occurring alcohol content so you can join in the fun without paying for it the next day. GT’s rosé kombucha contains just 3% alcohol.
What are your tips and tricks for making the most of the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!