Finding Peace within the Chaos

This past Thursday was Thanksgiving in the U.S. and maybe because most people work the day before, including myself, I feel it’s so much more chaotic then Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any other holiday celebration.  There doesn't feel as much time to prepare and so it feels like chaos reins. Does it feel like chaos in your family when it comes to celebrating this day of thanks?

This year, my mom volunteered to host Thanksgiving at her house for our extended family. Thankfully not everyone was available but there was still 20 people she needed to prepare dinner for and when you think about it, cooking a meal for 20 people is a lot and so I knew going into the day it’s would require all hands on deck. 

I got to my mom’s place mid-morning to start helping her prep and even though she had been planning and prepping all week (decorating her home, buying all the food, setting up her dining table, and even planning her cooking scheduling), it’s easy for the hours of the day to fly by. I spent the day helping her cut, chop, mix, stir, and wash dishes. Oh so many dishes. And even with how early we started, before we knew it the doorbell was ringing and the first family members were there. 

Then there was serving food and eating food and playing games and talking and laughing and before I knew it it was 9pm. And my body was oh so tired and all I wanted was a hot shower and my bed. But everyone was still hanging out and having fun and looking like they weren’t leaving anytime soon but I desperately needed a quiet moment. 

So I went looking for one. It’s important to know when you need a moment alone, to recuperate, and to find a moment of quiet when there’s nothing but chaos around you. And while this was good chaos, I still needed a moment. 

So what did I do? 

I went into a bedroom and just took a few minutes to myself. I sat and savored the silence, took a few deep breaths, and just let my body sit still for a bit.  Then I pulled out my phone and start going through it relaxing a bit more.  It was probably a good 20 minute before I put my phone away, took a deep breath, and then headed back out into the chaos. 

But I felt 100 times better than I had felt 20 minutes before I had made my escape.  It was just enough time that I was able to last three more hours until everyone had left and I was able to drive home.  And while not everyone needs 20 minutes, some may need less, others may need more, it's important to take the time we need to give ourselves a breather when we need one.  

So when chaos reins, what do you do?  Do you find yourself, like me, needing a moment of quiet to refresh yourself or do you thrive on the chaos and are energized by it?  Do you take the time to get away or do you sit in the chaos and find your energy draining even more? Do you know what your body requires to feel rejuvenated? What do you do when you find yourself in a world of chaos, even happy chaos like my Thanksgiving?  Share with us below.