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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By: karengray | July 28, 2019

Having goals for things we want and working towards them is an important part of being human. The path towards our goals may not always run smoothly or be easy, but having goals, big or small, is part of what makes life good. It gives us a sense of meaning and purpose, points us in the direction we want to go, and gets us interested and engaged, all of which are good for our overall happiness.


We all have dreams we hold back, decisions left to make or plans put on hold. Everyone has at least one thing that they would like to overcome, need to do, or want to do. Sometimes we might be fearful or hesitant to change. What would it look like to go ahead and do it? What would it feel like to take that first step? Some people might just say “Well, ...

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By: karengray | July 22, 2019

It just so happens that this is National Moth Week. National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods.


This world-wide event offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.


And why would a hypnotist be writing about Moth Week? Well, a lot of people have a fear or a phobia. Some people are afraid of spiders, or snakes. ...

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