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.
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!!!
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.
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