FeelGooder Asks: What’s Your Secret for Surviving the Silly Season?

The festive shopping-and-socialising silly season usually hits its stride at this point in the month. How are you holding up? It’s usually somewhere around now that I start to feel like I need to escape the whirl of conspicuous over-consumption and take time out to recharge.

So I thought I’d ask you:

What’s your secret to surviving the silly season?

My secret generally involves carving out some “me time” from the pre-Christmas rush and panic. There are a few tricks that I use to do this.


The garden is a good escape from silly season stress

The first is to spend some time doing something that’s not commercial or related to the festive season in any way. I might go for a bush walk, for example, spend the afternoon in the garden, or head to the bath or the hammock with a good book.

For those few hours, I can ignore the fact that it’s the festive season, avoid the expectation that I should be frantically baking or shopping or gift-wrapping or carol-singing, and just chill out.

Another good antidote is to say “no” to something—a party invitation, a free sample offered by a well-meaning shop assistant, a demand for answers about the gift list or my schedule.

It might sound odd, but I find the festive season is usually crammed with obligations. They’re fun, sure—but they’re still obligations. Saying “no” to something is a good way to claw back some sense of choice and control, even on a small level. It can also give me more time to relax!

They’re my secrets to surviving the silly season. What are yours? Share them with us in the comments.

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Georgina is a professional writer and editor, and Content Manager for FeelGooder.


  1. Keep it to the minimum is my motto. Blitz the shopping on-line and get all those who’s visiting who on which day debates out of the way. I hate parties so I don’t even make excuses for not doing the annual office party. Having cleared the decks and got the basics done there’s then a little time for creativity, some calm in the eye of the storm. In the past I’ve done hand-made cards for nieces, witty newsletters for older relatives (amazingly well received), small unusual gifts to fill the stocking and most importantly a special meal for just my wife and I.

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  2. I pick just a few parties to attend and then get silly myself. It’s good to be mindful but being social is equally important.

  3. For me it’s all about not letting the season control and manipulate me . We are always able to make choices and the first choice should always be about being good to ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with taking part in the season’s activities but never at our own expense and the only one who has control over this is us.


  4. this year we decided not to travel during the holidays, but to stay home and just play with our dog. me-time to calm down 🙂
    Noch NOch

  5. I say no more and more these days to requests and it feels oh so good to do so. Like you said, it gives us a sense of control.

  6. Generally I like to make me time to just relax at the end of most days. When dealing with my family during the holidays, I just try not to take them to seriously. I can get a bit crazy when some people get together.

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