Sunday, December 2, 2018

Keeping Your Energy For All The Christmas Parties

It's the season again of gatherings and reunions. Whether it be an event at church, school, office, or at home with our families, they all seem to keep coming.

*I wrote this on November 17, 2018!*

I'm writing this because it's starting again, all the parties and such. My nose is running as I write this, and this is a reminder for me that now is the best time to keep my health in check. I attended a company event last night despite feeling like a flu was oncoming, and true enough, it hit me the next day. I woke up feeling drained despite 7 hours of sleep, my voice was coarse, and I found myself constantly blowing my nose while trying to get on with the things I needed to do (although thankfully it's just all house chores!).

As much as I want to be present in all the gatherings, I sometimes think about whether I can do it or not. I love being with people and seeing how the program unfolds, but I don't know if my body can take it all in. There's that factor of having to work an 8 hour shift, facing the heavy traffic (which I totally hate to the highest level), and being involved with all of the preparations, (I've committed to a handful, what am I doing to myself loljk) so to be honest it can be really tiring. It just seems like the events don't stop from November to December, and then the next thing I know it's already January! It certainly makes me feel like the days go by faster.

So what works? What helps? Here's a few:

Know your schedule
Lay it all out, know when you'll be needed, know who you'll be with, what time, etc etc. Know your commitments and stick to them, because then you'll know what you need to prioritize. Don't over commit to anything you know you won't be genuinely happy with going to.

I think this is the season where you have to push for this. It's tempting to say yes to everything, to be present, to not miss out, but know that it's good to put yourself first. It's a personal evaluation of your body's capacity to be there and to be actually present. Being there while feeling sick and not wanting to interact so much isn't productive, and it'll most likely get you even more sick the next day.

Once you know your schedule though, you can easily plot breaks and resting times for yourself. It should non-negotiable, and if in case someone schedules something that's supposedly on your ~*~rest day~*~, it's easier to say No to this because you've already scheduled a resting time. For yourself. Do it for you.

Sleep enough
The reason why I sleep late at times is because I want to make the most out of the day, and I have that wishful thinking that I don't want the day to end just yet. This happens especially after a night out. So once I get home, I sit on my couch, still with my makeup on, and I probably do some free-writing or scroll through my phone a lot. It's not a very good habit, as I tend to stay excited and thus I'm unable to sleep, or it takes a longer time for me to get to sleep.

Drink vitamins
Admittedly, this is something I always forget to do, and it's only something I remember to do when I already feel like I have an incoming cold. But one thing to keep in mind is that it's good to build our immune system even when we think that we're not going to get that cold.

Eat fruits
I'm lazy to eat fruits. I don't like peeling them because it takes time and my hands get all sticky. But it's a great source of vitamins, keeps us hydrated, and gives us the energy we need to power through the day!


Energize and enjoy the holiday gatherings!!

Photo by Georgia de Lotz from Unsplash. 

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