Celebrate the holiday chaos

What if, instead of stressing about it, you were able to embrace the holiday chaos, be present and enjoy it to the fullest?


The end of the year is upon us, and that can often mean extra stress with added social obligations, unpredictable traffic, grumpy shoppers, and lots of travel. It’s go go go, then hopefully you get to take a breather some time between Christmas and New Year’s before getting back to your regular day-to-day.


I am in the same predicament, trying to wrap up the year, a full client load in my work schedule, preparing to go away for a couple of weeks, and lots of celebrations to attend. Normally I am one that fully embraces and enjoys a disciplined work and life schedule, but in the present moment I’m letting that go. Of course I’m taking care of everything that must be attended to, most importantly you, but I’m not being rigid about my sleep schedule or my regular routines. It’s fun to go out and hear great music, dance, be with wonderful people, and enjoy living life a little differently.

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This used to stress me out a lot. I was never one to enjoy being thrown off my routine. Though I’m not loving being sleep deprived and relying a little too heavily on caffeine, I know this is temporary and getting stressed would mean missing out on all the fun! The most important pieces of self-care for me are still in tact (meditation and yoga) and the rest will return in no time.


The result: I danced salsa until 2am in the middle of the week, saw amazing live jazz in Little Tokyo, went to a toy-drive party in a very cool artist loft downtown and once again heard incredibly talented musicians perform, and this week have parties on the calendar 3 nights in a row. More dancing, more socializing, more celebrating…fun!!!

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Your call to action this week is to embrace whatever chaos you might be experiencing right now, and be fully present with it. Instead of stressing, where can you find joy, celebration, and freedom? Know that all that needs to be done will get done in the right order according to your priorities. Be willing to let loose a little and be ok with doing things differently for a couple weeks.


In the comments below, share how you deal with added holiday chaos and demands. If you liked this article, be sure to like and share it so that everyone can find joy in what is too often seen as a stressful time of year.


Happy holidays!


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Published by Sasha Marie Stone

Happiness Engineer at Automattic, work-from-home wellness expert, life coach, and dog mom.

6 thoughts on “Celebrate the holiday chaos

  1. Love this Sasha. This holiday season feels very different for me. Even though there is a flurry of activity, I feel serene and playful in the midst of it. I am so delighted to read of all of your dancing, socializing, working, creating, living and loving that you are doing these days. So very proud of you and how you have launched yourself. I am in the process of doing that myself. Have a fantastic holiday with your family. I hope to see you in the New Year. love, Jodeen


    1. That’s great Jodeen, so happy to hear it. Perhaps this is setting the tone for the year ahead for us. Excited to witness your “launch” as well (I feel like I’m always launching 😉 Love you! xoxo


  2. I love your periodic reminders to just loosen up and have fun! As someone who loves and needs solitude, I find the social activity of the holidays can be stressful. So, every year around this time I have a “me party” — a day when I unplug from phone and email, take myself out to lunch at a favorite restaurant, have a spa treatment, watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on DVD, and do some restorative yoga in front of the fireplace. It’s now my favorite holiday tradition!


    1. Wow Patty, I love the sounds of this so much I’m going to implement it for me too! I’ll make it my New Year’s treat. Thanks for the inspiration!


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