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5 Tips for a Joyful Holiday and Beyond

Happy woman raising arms on winter holidays Do you look forward to the Holidays with anticipation or dread? This can be a stressful time for many people.

We overload ourselves with too much to do, too much to buy, and let’s face it, families can be challenging at times.

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Shopping with Intention: Giving What Only You Can Give – Holiday Survival Series #2

Shopping with Intention

by Carol Burbank, Ph.D.
Guest Blogger

Don’t you just hate the pressure of finding the perfect gift?

I do! I start my holiday shopping early in the fall, because I’m picky about what I give my friends and family. And there are always people “impossible” to buy for! I’m torn between buying what I would want or finding something to fit them. (Hint: if we love it, they’ll probably feel the same way!) Whatever I buy, I worry they won’t be happy.

Are you a Co-Dependent gift giver?

You guessed it. I’m a co-dependent gift giver.  Enough is never enough! Over the years I’ve learned to soften the edges of my holiday shopping anxiety with this simple mantra: It really is the thought that counts!

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Valentine’s Day, Let’s celebrate love in all its forms!

Children stressed about valentine's giftValentine’s Day – Oh the anticipation! We decorated boxes with hearts, ribbons, glitter and other beautiful things, and put them on our desks, awaiting the delivery, hopefully, of valentines from our friends and admirers. Even as adults we often feel lonely and isolated because we either don’t have a sweetheart, or the one we do have doesn’t show their love the way we’d like.

Instead of thinking about all the unmet expectations and sense of isolation this holiday often brings about, you can use this as an opportunity to spread love. How can you make this day not just romantic love, but actual heartfelt compassion for others and yourself? Continue reading

Politics, religion and intolerance – how can you create a shift?

PoliticsThe next month and upcoming elections in the United States are a source of great stress, worry and yes, even fear for many people. Taking time out to nurture yourself, taking care of your body and finding a break from the television, newspaper, internet and news will assist you in finding that place within you that is calm and peaceful.

One way to really get in touch with yourself and the peace, calm and beauty in your life is to spend some time in nature. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, the heat and humidity are gone, the air is crisp and feels almost magical. I love walking through leaves that crunch beneath my feet. The turning leaves remind me of sunsets and in some ways brings a sense of completion of a cycle.
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