‘Tis the season
More than ever, this Christmas will be about quality catch-ups with family and friends.
From the low-key get togethers to the yearly meet up with mates, we’ll appreciate what’s right in front of us this festive season.
To celebrate, Carlsberg want to send you and 3 of your closest pals for a meal and a pint in your local pub.
A cold pint and catch up with your closest mates - the best kind of set up? Probably.
Head to carlsbergcompetition.com to enter!
In the meantime, here's a few top tips to get you back socialising as you re-enter the world …
Take it slow
It’s going to be a bit awkward and weird, for everyone! Ease yourself back in to situations at your own pace.
Everyone is readjusting and at different rates - and remember, no one is thinking about you as much as you yourself.
It might feel like it, but you can’t lose social skills
All of our social skills are acquired between the ages of literally zero and seven.
It may take a reminder of what is socially acceptable – are you being sloppy at the table? - but your fundamental skills won’t have disappeared.
It’s all about getting back into the groove.
Focus on others
Instead of focusing on yourself and risking feeling self-conscious, allow yourself to get lost in your surroundings and your mates (it’s been a long time coming!)
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the local while getting up to speed on what your friends have been up to - it’ll take the pressure off massively.
Feel the fear and do it anyway
It might seem like an easy solution to avoid social situations when anxious. However, avoidance usually creates more avoidance.
Make sure you’re not spending more than a couple of days in a row alone, and try to vary up your activities to give your brain different something to work with - for example, a pub quiz, a karaoke night or a few games of pool.
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