I'm Not Stressing

The Christmas holidays can be a little stressful...mostly because I am a perfectionist about some things. I always wish this weren't true but it is. I was just thinking of some ways that I could reduce our stress levels.

Here's what I've come up with:

-Snuggle with my husband in front of the Christmas tree.

-Watch Christmas Vacation again.

-Enjoy soft music and maybe go see Manheim Steamroller.

-Try not to eat too much but just the right amount of really good food.

-Make lists...check them twice....try not to lose them.

-Ring the Salvation Army bells with my Sunday School class.

-Hug my boys more than they want to be hugged.

-Enjoy the lights and decorations in our home and driving around.

-Call people and send cards.

Hmm...there's a few but I bet you can come up with more. What are your ideas to destress


  1. Sounds like a great list of things to do for the holidays...hope you are enjoying your week..tomorrow I hear it is going to get really cold...12 degrees?? I am going to make sure I have plenty of hot chocolate at my house! Sonia

  2. Sit in silence. That's my destressor. Oh, and my stretching exercises I do twice per day. Just mellows me out. Your list sounds delightful!

  3. Quite a list there...but even if you accomplish a portion they should help. As for me, pray for more patience with people and circumstances.

    Love your Christmas music!

  4. Your list sounds perfect, Stacey. I would do well to use yours and just substitute some names and faces...

    We are on our way to getting snowed in. There is no excuse for me not to get all my crafting/cleaning/decorating done without interruption. It should be wild.


  5. Perfect destressing list, Stacey! I may have to try a few of these myself! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

  6. Definately go see Manheim! They are fantastic and they KNOW how to make it "feel" like Christmas!!

  7. Great list Stacey. I think writing out Christmas cards is a great de-stresser. You can think back on the past year as you are writing. And listening to Manheim Steamroller while you write them is even better!!

  8. I think this is a great list of things to do to enjoy the season!

  9. Good ideas you have. After I make my long list of to-do's, I cross a bunch off. Thanks for your sweet comment. Rosie

  10. Your list sounds perfect to me! Now I just need to follow it. :-) Have a great evening.

  11. I just want to enjoy the season and not stress if all the cookies don't get baked. I want to just enjoy my family.

  12. The first one on your list sounds like heaven to me, but will have to wait til the weekend as mine's gone during the week.
    I love listening to Christmas music. I get up every morning and make a pot of coffee and read while I drink my first cup.
    Seeing my grandkids get excited about seeing my decorations makes it all worth while.
    I still have a lot to do, but somehow every year it gets done. I guess I destress, just knowing that.
    Thanks for visiting me and I did "delete" my blank space. Thanks for the suggestion...it worked.

  13. You are right, the holidays can become very stressful but your list sounds like a wonderful way to spend the holidays!

  14. What a great list and a gentle reminder of keeping first things first. The list you shared are the most important things. Thank you!

  15. Hi Stacy, love your list. We do a lot of those things too.

    My son came home yesterday and asked if we could go to the high school basketball game. I had been planning on cleaning since I had been poofing the tree all day but gave in and took both kids. Most teens could just be dropped off but I have to stay with mine because of their developmental disibilities. They are never really on their own.

    Hubby stayed home, so it was just me and the kids. I wasn't thrilled about going but it turned out to be the most relaxing thing I've done in a while! The kids were good, the game was exciting and it took my mind off of all the holiday stress!

    Warm hugs!

  16. Sounds like a good plan. I'm still in denial...that's how I destress. Rosemary

  17. I think I can use your list because it sounds perfect! Thanks for such sweet ideas during the holiday season Stacey!

  18. I just keep on knitting! Enjoy the season! Twyla

  19. This sounds like a good idea, Stacey! Guess what I'm doing as I'm blogging? I'm watching the olden Santa Claus is Coming to Town all by myself and feeling like a child again!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. I love your list of ways to de/stress. I am so stressed I did not even realize it until I read your list. I had better make a list, too! Hope you are enjoying the season!


  21. Well, darlin' girl...with 11 grands looking forward to Christmas Eve at Memaw's, I stay stressed until after I have ALL the gifts wrapped, under the tree, my ham ready to pop into the oven, cookies and candies baked and in the freezer...all standing by for CHRISTMAS EVE. Once all that is off my list, I go buy a hugh carton of EGG NOG..add a little "nog" to it and .....
    de-stress in style !! :O)

    What a wonderful time of the year...O how i love it !!
    xo bj

  22. Every one of your ideas is wonderful! I'm afraid to say that I haven't slowed down enought to even THINK about how to de-stress. I'm super glad that you reminded me!
    xo, Andrea

  23. I love your list, Stacey, and hope you get to check everything off of it!

  24. Finish all your Christmas gift projects by September. That's what I'm doing...next year:>P


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