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Addressing the Holiday Blues

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Addressing the Holiday Blues

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Feeling sad, depressed, or anxious at any time of year is no barrel of monkeys, but every emotion seems more heightened during December’s holiday season. Not everyone feels Jolly Old Saint Nick’s exuberance for gift giving and all of the seasonal trappings. In fact, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association more women than men feel stressed at this time of year. Another study reported that women spend on average 11 days preparing for the holidays. According to WebMD, the average American spends 42 hours a year on holiday activities.

Women indicated that they believe themselves to be responsible as the traditions keepers based out of a need for “family-making”. Cookies must be baked, presents purchased and wrapped, elaborate dinners prepared along with writing cards, attending holiday parties…well, I think you get the general idea.

Whether it is based on a real or imagined expectations, women have a tendency to create stress in order to honour these rituals and traditions. As a result, women can build up feelings of resentment toward their spouse and other family members who don’t feel this same sense of obligation and perhaps are even somewhat oblivious to of all the work involved in making the holidays sparkle. All the stress builds up and bam! it isn’t unusual to see glum faces, a sense of extreme frustration or pent up anger in many North American households at this time of year.

It certainly doesn’t help that magazines, commercials, and TV shows project picture perfect holiday scenarios. Even when there is conflict in a storyline, it seems to get resolved within 28 minutes — allowing for a few commercial breaks promoting different must-have gift ideas for that special someone on your list!

Woefully unrealistic, these manufactured made-for-TV scenarios simply add an unnecessary element of stress. Holiday stress shows up in many ways. Worries about money (overspending on gifts and parties) along with cramming more into an already packed schedule worsens the situation.

This Christmas Eve at 2pm ET and 11am PT, I’m hosting Trista Thorp as my special guest on Your Authentic Life. Trista is a certified Vedic Master Educator through the Chopra Center University in California. She is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of meditation and emotional healing who has been sharing her gifts with thousands of people around the world. Together, Trista and I will discuss the barriers that keep people from living their full potential especially at this time of year.

I’m thrilled to spend this time with Trista and also want to provide a few extra tips to help reduce holiday stress.

1) It’s about you – first. It may seem self-indulgent, but it isn’t. When you take care of your needs and analyze if you need to do something or if it is a manufactured expectation, you allow yourself the opportunity to assess its relevance. Perhaps it is time to release a few things from your holiday ‘to do” list. Ask yourself if the expectation is yours alone and if so, why are you really doing it? Why not release a few things you don’t want to do anyway and create a bit more space in your calendar to do something nice for yourself. Maybe watch a funny movie, read an inspirational article, or perhaps even take a nap.

2) Reinvent the holidays. Imagine if you could create the holidays just the way you want them to be. Now, make a list of what this season would look like tailor-made for you. What things would you do or stop doing? Where would you be and with whom? The closer you can get to having your wishes and needs met, the less stress you’ll feel and who knows, you might actually have the best holiday ever!

3) Have brave conversations about expectations with your loved ones. Go through the list of things you plan to do to prepare for the holidays and discuss what should be kept or ditched and why. Then divide up what can be shared in terms of the tasks associated with the remaining list. If you’re worried about finances and what overspending will do to your budget – have that conversation too and stick to a realistic plan. Otherwise the holiday blues will linger long into the new year.

I hope you’ll tune and listen to this episode as we explore more ways to help you make healthier decisions about how to consciously spend your time and have honest conversations about what traditions you want to keep and which ones can be released. We’ll share ways to help put unhealthy stress in its place so that more space can be created for peace, love, and joy. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are really all about?

A Holly Jolly Holiday History with Caroling

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A Holly Jolly Holiday History with Caroling

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The magic of December is filled with myths, mystery, and music surrounding  the Holiday Season. Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany deck the halls with boughs of holly…and tell you why that’s a healthy tradition. You’ll learn about the legends and lore, the history and hoax, behind candy canes, Christmas cards, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus. Plus three glorious chanteuses will delight you with their Christmas songs. Be the Star You Are!® volunteer and reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio, Jennifer Lee, sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Santa Baby” while British recording artist, Joeleen shares her rendition of Silent Night. Fill your stocking with joy and love, and beautiful Christmas melodies, compliments of StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. And don’t forget to make a tax deductible donation to Be the Star You Are!® charity before the end of the year. Go to Be The Star You Are Charity.

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’Tis the Season to be Jolly!

 

Listen at Voice America and StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions.

SPECIAL BOOK SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Buy Be the Star You Are!®, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, or The Business of Show Business for the ULTRA DISCOUNT (55% off) PRICE  of $9.99 plus shipping through December 31. Buy ONLY at ourSTORE and ask for personalized inscriptions.

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes

Buy books by Cynthia Brian.

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Read more Press Pass.

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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET. Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead. Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives.

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Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET and join our empowerment party.

For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more.

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Lend us Your Ears!!!

Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity 

 

Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity. Check it out! There is something for everyone to make a difference. Cool! Thanks to volunteer James for  the video!

 

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StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio

If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you’ll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

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Congratulations to Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany for 12 years of weekly LIVE broadcasting of StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET. Archives, photos, descriptions and more are available at all times. The program is brought to the airwaves as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. 

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Hurray for the Holidays

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Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  We strive to be useful, informative, interesting, entertaining, and unique as we seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations. Instead of waiting for something better, we hope to help you create it now.  Welcome to the power hour as Cynthia Brian dons her Santa hat to help us have a healthy holiday season.

The holidays offer a perfect opportunity for enjoying loved ones, celebrating life, being grateful, and reflecting on what’s important. How can you stay healthy during this busy time?

We’ll find time for sleep, learn about guarding your safety and privacy, and hitch a ride on Santa’s Sleigh flying over December gardens twinkling with lights and flickering candy canes dangling from trees. Enjoy the merriment and tune in to StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®. It’s time to shine. 

And if you are shopping, try on-line. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Be The Star You Are, Inc.. Bookmark and support us every time you shop. Listen at Voice America and Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions. 

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SPECIAL BOOK SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Buy Be the Star You Are!®, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, or The Business of Show Business for the ULTRA DISCOUNT (55% off) PRICE  of $9.99 plus shipping through December 31. Buy ONLY at our STORE and ask for personalized inscriptions.

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes

Buy books by Cynthia Brian

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Read more at Press Pass.

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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives.  Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET at   and join our empowerment party. For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more!

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Lend us Your Ears!!!

Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity

StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio

If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you’ll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving Make a donation today.

Congratulations to Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany for 12 years of weekly LIVE broadcasting of StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET Archives, photos, descriptions and more are available at all times. The program is brought to the airwaves as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. Lend us your ears!

 

Peace, Fresh Air, Estate Plans

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Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  We strive to be useful, informative, interesting, entertaining, and unique as we seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations. Instead of waiting for something better, we hope to help you create it now. 

For many, the holiday season and Christmas brings a time of deep reflection and strong focus on family and loved ones. Join us for this most special interview with The Peace Angel, Nola Hennessy, as she shares her intimate knowledge of God and Heaven, and the importance of living our lives virtuously with compassion, kindness, forgiveness, inner peace, selflessness, and love as the cornerstones.

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We spend 93% of our time indoors, but are we breathing clean air? Indoor pollutants makes us sick. Heather Brittany encourages you to pick up the mop, plug in the vacuum, and follow some simple tips to reduce the levels of irritants and chemicals in your home.  What is an Estate Plan and why do you need one? Cynthia Brian outlines the necessity of creating an estate plan regardless of your income so that you can enjoy your life more. Listen at Voice America and Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions. 

SPECIAL BOOK SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Buy Be the Star You Are!®, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, or The Business of Show Business for the ULTRA DISCOUNT (55% off) PRICE  of $9.99 plus shipping through December 31. Buy ONLY at our STORE and ask for personalized inscriptions.

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at Star Style

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Visit  Read more at Press Pass.

The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.  Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives. Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET and join our empowerment party.

For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit here.

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Lend us Your Ears!!!

Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity 

brian-2014-StarStyle-empowerment

StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio

If you are a fan of the authors, experts, celebrities, and guests that appear regularly on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio, you can now be sure to never miss an episode. Embed this code into your WordPress site or any site and you’ll always have Cynthia Brian, Heather Brittany, and all of your favorite pioneers on the planet at your fingertips.  Upbeat, positive, life-changing talk radio broadcasting live each week since 1998. Lend us Your Ears. We are Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving Make a donation today. 

Congratulations to Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany for 12 years of weekly LIVE broadcasting of StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET. Archives, photos, descriptions and more are available at all times from http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. The program is brought to the airwaves as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. 

 Lend us your ears!

 

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