Balancing Holiday Socializing and You Time
We are less than a week away from Christmas. And whether or not you celebrate the holiday, one thing is for certain: There is a good chance your weekend is already jam packed with holiday parties. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, everyone loves a good excuse to party.
Whether it is your office party or a friend-of-a-friend, you and your partner will probably not have any down time together. But you and your partner need to regroup to actually enjoy the holidays from Christmas through New Year. So while you should try to squeeze in as many holiday parties and activities as you can, you should also schedule some much needed relaxation. Unless one of you doesn’t have a job, you probably don’t usually get this extra time off often.
The question is how do you and your significant other plan “down time” together? It is easier than you think. All you have to do is not over think it. If you are bouncing around holidays all day Saturday, make the Friday before or the Sunday after your stay-in day. This can be anything from sleeping in together guilt-free, or just a pure lazy day filled with take-out and binge-worthy movies.
This down time is so essential because you and your partner will be pulled and pushed in many different directions during the holidays. From having to hang out with each other’s friends and families, you may run into some conflict and general frustration. But hopefully with some relaxation and time to yourselves, you can regroup and get through this hectic, but fun, time together.
If you are still having a tough time deciding what exactly to do, here are a few ideas:
Book a spa day!
Why not try a couple’s message for a change? I have always opted to do spa days with the girls, but doing one with your partner can be fun and definitely guarantee that relaxation you both need.
Netflix, Hulu, whatever…
As mentioned earlier, sometimes the best way to chill is to just do nothing but mindlessly watching a bunch of movies nonstop. Or if you prefer, you and your partner can find a whole new series to run through. Often times, the more seasons, the better. And hey, the last season of Games of Thrones is out this New Year so why not re-watch everything now? Since you have already watched it all, it is a good excuse to focus on the “chill” part, if you know what I mean.
All the food
Eating out can be exhausting, especially when everywhere does take-out nowadays. Have fun cooking in together if that is your style. If not, don’t feel bad ordering in lunch and dinner. Let’s face it, you are moving around a ton this holiday season, so you will make up for those lack of steps another day.