Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Need a Little Christmas?

I'm having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit. Normally I would be cleaning and decorating, feeling the peacefulness of the snow fall, and be prematurely excited over the coming holiday. So far this year it has been quite stressful. It's difficult for me to relax with my husband being laid-off. I'm afraid to go shopping in case I need the money for bills or groceries.
My kids are wonderful. They bring so much joy to our lives. I love working, which for me is knitting and crocheting. That takes my mind off of things for awhile, but I need to find something else to help me destress. I may dig out my yoga mat later. There's too much ice on the trail for a good run. Maybe Santa will bring me a treadmill some day? Exercise usually helps, as long as I am consistent at it.

So, how about a little Blog Therapy?? And a BLOG GIVEAWAY!!?!
I've never done a blog giveaway, but I have this cool vintage Christmas apron that I showed you in an earlier post. I'm not promoting my shop or asking you to tell me what your favorite item is, or anything like that.

To enter to win this lovely vintage Christmas apron, please give me your advice on the best ways to destress. Leave a comment on this blog and be sure that your comment links back to your blog, or give me a way to contact you if you win. I will pick a winner at random from all the entries on this post on Saturday, December 13th. Thanks for entering...and be sure to tell all your friends to stop by and enter too. And thanks for the blog therapy!


Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm sorry you are having such a stressful time! Destress is not my specialty, lol, but somethings that help is turning up the music, whether it's holiday or my "mad" music, getting out my office style paper cutter and chopping stuff up (usually collage sheets, haha) Maybe bundle up the kids and go for a walk in the snow, or watch a fun holiday movie, like the Grinch. Go to a free or low cost Christmas event.
good luck, oh, and that apron is darling, I love the collage look of the letters :)


What an awful time for your husband to be out of work, my other half was 'let go' on Friday too so I know how you feel a bit. Try and stay positive and look after YOURSELF!

My top five destressers

Billy Joel
Riding a horse

... a nice bottle of red!

Alexa said...

my best way to destress depends on my mood. sometimes it is a nice glass of pinot noir, sometimes it is going to the gym.

usually it is the pinot noir though : )

i'm going to twitter about your contest right now.

Maxie said...

Shopping (if I have money) or if not just watching a good movie or TV on DVD. The Office always cheers me up!

Nicole said...

i read this to my mother, and her advice was a nice cup of coffee with a shot of irish cream. i'm not a coffee drinker, but it is good advice!
my way to destress is to knit. i hole myself up i my room, and just sit and knit for hours. turn on some loud yelling music and knit until i feel better. sometimes i cry, but that helps too.
internet hugs!
<3 nicole

TiLT said...

Destress is not my specialty either...although I think that for most of us crafters/artisans...when we create is probably our best destress time...of course it can also be the cause of it when things go wrong.

my top 3:
bubble bath
good book
glass of red
...best when all at once

Start To Finish Supplies said...

My favorite way to destress is to have go to a spa and have a full body massage. Now this is not something that I do often because it is expensive. But every now and then you just need to reward yourself!

Otherwise I destress by watching tv. I tend to zone out and not think about anything.


All Wired Up TOO said...

I turn up the stereo and DANCE!

And I watch this it makes you laugh ..

Sara said...

I'm a big fan of a nice winter walk through the metroparks, or as its been stated above, a glass of red wine never hurts!

Head Bitch in Charge said...

I often feel the same way. I have a hard time getting into the spirit because of money worries. It makes me feel better to spend time doing things with people rather than buying things for people.
Bringing friends and family together always makes me feel better. Spend a day baking cookies (we baked dog treats). Take a long walk and have nice warm beverages waiting at home. One of my favorite mood setters is to simmer a large pot of holiday spiced tea on the stove so it fills the house with scent, and put on my favorite corny holiday music/ movie.
Turn your home into the de-stresser so when you drive around all day in traffic or beat through the crowds at the mall, you have a warm, cozy retreat to return to.

TNT2008 said...

With the recession and the holiday, it is wasy to get stressed; my neck seems like it is constantly tight!

I like Method's green aromatherapy disks. Lavender is believed to relax you. Not overpowering, the disks are a light scent. Drink non-caffeinated tea and take DEEP, SLOW breaths.


Linda said...

I'm seconding several here:
Bubble bath
Glass of red

Personally I'm addicted (every 6-8 weeks)to massage but it can be pricey. Maybe hubby can give you one.

LazyTcrochet said...

All wonderful suggestions so far! Tonight we played Yahtzee. I used to play that with my grandmother a lot when I was little.

Stacey said...

Hello! My favorite way to destress is a good run first thing in the morning and a luxurious pampering bath before bed. :)

san said...

Upload inspirational podcasts, or soothing music, slap on your boots, earphones and take your dog on a long walk through the woods. This works for me, until I walk back into my home...and I remember why I needed to destress. I lost 2 jobs this past year, and hubby's income is way down. We are worried, and silent as we try to work together to come up with ways to make money. Hope to sell at the next etsy cleveland handmade event, guess I better get sewing...!

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Disclaimer: I am a single woman who practices abstinance so THERE!

Yoga with Gaileee, E-RYT said...

I teach yoga. One of the ways I tell my students to de-stress is ....and it sounds weird....but breathe. Yeah, funny huh?

As you inhale, bring the belly outwards, as if you were filling a balloon. As you exhale, draw the belly towards your spine, so that you deeply exhale all the air out of your lungs. Do this about 3-5 times, and you should feel refreshed.

Also, if you are hunched over a bit, (from sewing, computer, knitting and such) take your hands behind you, and either interlace or clasp the hands away from the behind, squeeze those shoulder blades. Breath as deeply as you can.

Also, while in your chair doing computer stuff, knitting, sewing, pivot your body over to the left hand side, take your left arm on top of the back of the chair, then take the right hand try to stack it on top of the left arm. A nice seated twist, releasing tension/stress from the spine. Don't forget the other side!!

Hope these little hints help, and I'd love a bit of homemade Christmas!

Yogawithgaileee at gmail dot com

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Myfanwy said...

LOL! Destress? Lie in a darkened room, cucumber slices over your closed eyes and stroke the cat.....

If you haven't got a cat use some soft knitting yarn instead.

No guarantees...... ;0)

LazyTcrochet said...

So many great suggestions...thanks!
Yesterday my daughter and I had fun baking brownies from scratch - can't do that every day though ; )

Amanda said...

to destress i like to:

crochet something really easy so i dont have to think about it with a yarn that feels amazing in my hands

go to the gym then eat something really fattening

curl up in bed or on couch and watch breakfast at tiffanys (preferably cuddling my puppy or kitty)

painting or sketching (usually something "abstract" as, again, i dont really have to think about it)

and finally working in the darkroom (of course not everyone can do that)

laila aka rawfish said...

1. nice hot bubble bath with candles and soothing music. but if you find your mind wandering, one of my favorite guilty pleasures is reading IN the tub. pick a book you wouldn't mind getting crinkly from water just in case.
2. i also believe in a good yoga workout. my favorite is hot yoga -where they turn out heat lamps so you sweat out all the toxins. you can try to find a local place and look for community days which are usually cheaper than the regular classes. cost: about 10 dollars.
3. play board games (as long as you're not super competitive). maybe charades with a group of friends and some red wine to really get the sillies out! nothing destresses better than a good hearty belly laugh!
4. sometimes all i need to destress is to vent a bit. pals on twitter/ravelry/etsy are a great bouncing board for support and love. a few kind words can go a long way to cheering up.
5. the best way for ME to zen out is to furiously clean everything until i feel like i have control of everything in my life again. nothing helps me beat my anger/stress than a good picking up.
i hope that helps!! and we've got your back! :D

Olga Maxwell darina23@yandex.ru said...

The best way to de-stress for me would be to cuddle up in a crochet blanket with a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate and get on the internet for some new crochetting ideas. And then, of course to get on the couch and turn a good movie on and start working on a new project.