How to back out of plans this festive season without feeling guilty


The place is expensive

December is called the silly season for a reason. Some people are reckless with their finances during this time of the year and you don’t want to fall into the same trap. Even though you have the choice of ordering something cheaper on the menu when you’re at an expensive restaurant, you could decline the invite from the get go. Draw up a budget for entertainment and stick to it, this will see you having a stress-free January.

Quality time with your partner

With the busy lives most of us live, quality time is rare in many relationships. The holidays are usually the best time to enjoy time alone with your partner. So if someone else wants to hang out on the same day you planned on catching up with your man, kindly turn them down without any regrets.

You’ve been called to work

People in some fields of work, like the medical field, are often required to work around the clock. So if you’re in the similar line of work chances are you’ll be called in to work when you had planned to go out with your friends. Priorities differ for people and if your career is on top of your list make your friends and family aware of this.

You’re not in the mood

There’s no point in being out only to be grumpy and sad when you get there. So, if you don’t want to be known as the mood killer teach yourself the art of saying ‘no’ when you’re not at your happiest.

There’s family drama

Many of us travel back home during the holidays, but sometimes it doesn’t go as you had hoped or planned. Even though families fight all the time, Christmas is the one time you only want positive energy. So, if there’s been underlying issues between you and them it’s best you miss out on your yearly visit.

A change in diet

Diets and detox plans are usually done in the new year, but you could be doing things differently this year. Restaurants and many leisure places are the hub of temptation when you’re on a diet. If you feel going there will make you fall off the wagon rather choose to stay home. 

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