9 Proven Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

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It’s the 11th hour and you’re scrambling to finalize your gifts and preparations for the holidays. Ah the holidays – a time of family, food, gifts, parties and fun. And if you’re a human being, all of those things probably also have some pretty stressful aspects to them too. These can come in obvious forms as well as very subtle forms. Holiday gatherings and parties can be occasions where people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together or really understand eachother get together and spend hours and hours on end together. Then there’s the shopping and the crowds, the cold weather, the party-planning and the list-making, and a lack of time to get it all done to the level of perfection we desire, all while messing with our normal daily routine. Sound familiar?

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Oprah Interviews Pema Chodron

Earlier this month, Oprah hosted Tibetan Buddhist nun and one of my favorite speakers/teachers Pema Chodron on her Super Soul Sunday show. On the show they talked about embracing difficult feelings like anxiety, stress, anger, and sorrow, and using them as opportunities to open up rather than what most people do, which is repress them or run away from them. They also talked about welcoming fear as a route to fearlessness. Although these ideas may seem totally counterintuitive and frankly, a bit nutty, to many people, I know from personal experience that they have helped me to be more open and flowing in a world that is constantly changing and not always going the way I want it to (does it ever? :)).

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