This time of year there are a lot of social expectations. Halloween has just passed and there may still be a few parties this weekend, then there is Christmas, with office parties and secret Santas to think about and then the New Year celebrations. Everyone asking ‘What are you doing for New Year? If this is a time of the year you struggle with or loath her are 5 tips for Seasonal Social Survival (SSS)!
Rather than thinking of the possible negatives of having to attend such events try focusing on the possible positive gains. A seeing old friends and family you want to catch up with, you may get something in your secret Santa gift that you never even realise you wanted but really did, a few nights off not having to cook. There is probably something positive about the season so try looking for it.
Remember that you don’t have to attend every event going. Pick the ones which you would prefer to miss and then only go to the others. You should be able to let people down by explaining you have other things to attend that you have already said yes to and you won’t be able to do them all.
If you do feel you need to go to all then remember that you don’t have to stay the whole time. Go along, talk to a few people and then when ready leave. No one can say you didn’t bother showing up!