Birthdays: The Stealth Mental Health Holiday
Wouldn't it be great to have one day each year that no
one else knew about, where you could just chill out,
do some special things for yourself, take liberties,
and indulge in ways you don't normally do?
your birthday. You want this new day to unfold under
the radar, a secret between you and yourself—without
fanfare, festivities and everyone fawning over you,
which can be stressful in itself.
you want this to be a stealth occasion, one that
occurs on the same date each year, a day that's easy
to remember so you don't forget it and miss out.
talking half birthday. The new mental health
holiday. Your annual midway day where you ratchet it
down a bit, treat yourself a little more kindly, and
no one else is the wiser. Sound like a plan? Then here
are some ways to put it into play.
of course, figure out when your half birthday is, then
mark it on your calendar. The easiest and least
technical way to do this is simply add six months to
the day you were born. So a birthday of Nov. 5th
becomes a half b'day of May 5th. If your birthday is
December 31st, there is of course no June 31st, so
just add a day and your half birthday becomes July
all this is moot since there's a convenient half
birthday finder that will do the job for you. Just go
It even gives you the names of famous people who share
your half birthday.
comes the fun part. Without giving yourself away, fill
your special day with little treats and pleasures you
generally deny yourself. Maybe it's sneaking out to a
movie at, of all times, mid-afternoon. Munching
a lusciously expensive chocolate bar, or digging into
a sinful ice cream sundae. Taking yourself out to a
gourmet breakfast. Sleeping in an extra half hour.
Skipping a workout and giving the old bod a rest.
Wearing your favorite outfit, the one you save for
special occasions. (Because it is!)
know what you like most. Or want to do least. So go
for it. The idea is, for just this one day, once
a year, be indulgent, be lazy and let your hair down a
little. If anyone notices, just smile, shrug and say
you're running at half throttle today. For more ideas
on ways you can celebrate your half birthday, simply
sure to schedule a reminder to yourself a few days
prior so you can make plans, or break plans, whatever
the case may be. You might find yourself looking
forward to your half birthday more than any other day
of the year.
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