By: karengray | September 10, 2019

The National Day of Encouragement, celebrated each year on September 12th, is a day meant to remind us that encouragement matters. It all started when a group of high school students attending a leadership forum were asked to come up with a solution to the biggest problem that faced young people in their day. 


The students felt that the biggest issue facing them and their peers was a lack of encouragement, and their solution was set aside a day to remind us all to pay attention to the way we interact with others, and with ourselves. These students found a way to improve the lives of those around them using the power of their words. Their idea eventually became a Senate resolution.


Andrew Baker, the organizer of the National Day of Encour...

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By: karengray | August 26, 2019

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. Grief can include all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss, and the more significant the loss, the more intense grief can be.


Even though grief is such a common experience, the symptoms of grief are often misunderstood by the people going through it and the people around them. By raising awareness about the true nature of grief, individuals in mourning can ...

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By: karengray | August 19, 2019

It’s Back-to-School Time! Summer vacation is winding down, and parents and students are preparing for the return of schedules, studying, homework, tests, and extracurricular activities. Some kids are changing schools or going off to college, others are returning to a familiar environment with new teachers and new expectations.


We already know that any change can be stressful. School aged kids have an extra layer of stress just from being at the time in life where they are leaning their independence, finding their identity, and feeling the pressure to succeed. And while kids are filled with first-day excitement and jitters, parents may be wondering if they are prepared for the school year and the change in routine.


There are challenges, of cou...

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By: karengray | August 11, 2019

August 15th is on the Days of the Year Calendar as National Relaxation Day. This day was introduced by a 9 year-old grandson of the founder of Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events. 


Relaxation is one of the least recognized form of self-care we experience. Usually we dismiss relaxation as laziness, slacking off, or as not doing what we should be doing. Our busy society has trained us to believe that if we aren’t busy, we aren’t doing something worthwhile. So I really like this idea of Relaxation Day as a way to remind us all that relaxing helps us recharge, process, and reduce stress.


Relaxing doesn’t have to mean sipping a cold drink by the beach. It just means being able to tune out stress and anxiety. It means not being tense all the tim...

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By: karengray | August 04, 2019

August is National Wellness Month, and it is a great time to think about what your Wellness goals are. Wellness means various things to different people. For many people, wellness means physical fitness, holistic care, happiness, relaxation, emotional balance, stress reduction, quality of life and spiritual health. However, many people agree that wellness is more than just being free from illness. The concept of wellness has come to mean practicing a proactive way of living. Everyone has their own definition of Wellness, and the only one that should matter to you - is yours.


The World Health Organization defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, not just the absence of disease. The concept of wellness is...

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