Holiday Stress Relief: 10 Tips to Beat Stress this Thanksgiving and Christmas from Grief Coach Aurora Winter

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tired of being tired? Aurora Winter, author of "From Heartbreak to Happiness®" has 10 tips to release stress.

"Stress increases as the holiday season approaches, with more shopping, parties, and obligations. We're juggling visitors, travel, and our usual duties, which are stressful enough. The happy holiday messages can be painfully at odds with our own lives, if we're dealing with heartbreak, such as from death, divorce, a breakup, or job loss," says Aurora, Founder of the Grief Coach Academy.

To help you release stress, you can access a free meditation audio at:  

Aurora is available for TV and radio interviews this holiday season through Steve Allen Media.

Get stress relief this holiday season by applying these 10 stress-busting tips.

First, make your happiness and peace of mind a priority. Did you know that happy people are 35% less likely to get sick, and live 7 years longer? Happy people earn a million dollars more over their lifetime. Choosing to dedicate a few moments to stress relief is worth it.

"When you catch yourself rushing, take a few deep breaths. Come into the present moment. Stress comes when you are doing one thing, yet thinking of a dozen other things you should be doing. Fully focus on one thing at a time, and you will be happier," Aurora says.

Perfectionism creates stress. If you find yourself agonizing about finding the "perfect" present, or hosting the "perfect" party, give someone a hug. Three hugs a day will immunize you from stress, and remind you of the true spirit of the holidays.

"If you're tired of being tired, the best thing you can do is discover the real culprit. In many cases, it's unresolved grief. I think people often overlook the cumulative impact of unresolved grief," she says. "People are confronted by their losses over the holiday season. The happy holiday messages can be like salt in the wounds of death, divorce, breakups, and other losses. Many people think that healing from grief just takes time. But the truth is, it's not time that does the healing. It's what you do with the time that counts."

If you're not bouncing out of bed excited to start each day, work with a certified coach who can help you get excited about life again. To find out more about healing retreats and healing coaching, visit You are worth it.

Another key to leading a vibrant life is to surround yourself with positive, successful people. People who are living their life's purpose have a youthful zest for life that's contagious. Choose to be one of these people yourself. Continue growing and learning.

"Find your passion. Do not settle for a mere job when you could be living your calling. People who are living their passion are inspired. They know they are making a difference. They are authentically happy," says Aurora, who trains coaches to live their passion and make a significant difference in the lives of others.

In terms of taking care of your body, it comes down to simple basics. Eat wholesome, healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, drink water, exercise, and get your beauty sleep.

"Sleep is a huge component in supporting health and happiness," says Aurora. "When you get enough sleep, it's much easier to be happy."

Finally, daily habits such as meditation, keeping a gratitude journal, or taking a walk in nature will help you enjoy the holiday season.  


1. Decide to make happiness and peace of mind a priority.

2. Let go of rushing. Breathe deeply and choose peace.

3. Let go of grief and stressful emotions. Get support.

4. Surround yourself with positive people. Be one yourself.

5. Get plenty of sleep. Take care of your body.

6. Eat healthy food. Drink water. Exercise.

7. Let go of perfectionism. Give hugs.

8. Learn new skills and continue growing.

9. Meditate or take a peaceful walk in nature every day.

10. Find your passion. Then take action to improve the world.

About Aurora Winter

Formerly a film and TV executive producer, Aurora Winter is founder of and the author of "From Heartbreak to Happiness®." Aurora's latest book "Encouraging Words" is due out in December. Visit and get a free calming meditation to release stress, and other gifts.

Aurora's a popular guest on radio and TV, and has appeared on ABC-TV, NBC, Fox, Oprah Radio, and more. She was featured in the award-winning documentary "What If: The Movie." She's a sought-after workshop leader, coach trainer, speaker, and author. Visit: for details.


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