Can you hear that? It’s the faint sound of club music and a crowd at the bar yelling their drink orders again. Things are looking up on the COVID front and soon enough, we’ll be able to go out with all of our friends and try to remember how to party. Here are some tips on how to not completely overdo it:
- Figure Out What ‘Overdoing It’ Means For You. Psychiatrist Adam Winstock says “the yardstick for everyone is completely different” so there’s no universal rule for knowing how much is too much. But Winstock says to keep in mind when you’re able to finally see your friends again that it is something you’ll “want to be present for.” Which is to say, take things slow, and enjoy their company as much as you can without the help of any added encouragement.
- Plan Your Night Beforehand If You Can. Preparation is key. Set some reasonable expectations for your night, know your schedule, and set a limit on things like booze. Winstock says “there will be a natural euphoria for so many people just being able to go out” which is something to factor into your first night out. Things could quickly become too much so have an exit strategy.
- Remember Why You’re Going Out In The First Place. If your goal for your first post-COVID outing is “I want to get blackout,” you’re doing it wrong. If that’s your prerogative, stay safe at home and drink to your heart’s content on Zoom. The rest of us will be out trying to remember how to hold a conversation.