I cannot figure out what the following sentence means.

Now I said I have over a decade of demonizing stress to redeem myself from, so we are going to do one more intervention.

Especially "stress to redeem myself from" is not clear.

I think this as "stress to save myself from". But I am not confident.

  • I haven't seen the talk, but it could mean "I have been demonizing stress for more than ten years, but it turns out that stress is a good thing, or not as bad as I thought it was, and I was wrong to demonize it, and so I must redeem myself (make amends) for doing that.
    – TimR
    Jul 16, 2017 at 12:08

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Just as I thought. The speaker argues that we should "embrace stress", accept it as a good thing.

Embracing stress is more important than reducing stress, Stanford psychologist says

Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal talks about new research indicating that stress can make us stronger, smarter and happier – if we learn how to open our minds to it.

So redeem myself there means to take action to make amends for a misdeed or a wrong that one has committed.

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