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
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.
No, 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.
First, 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 1st.
But all this is
moot since there's a convenient half
birthday finder that will do the job for
you. Just go to halfbirthday.com/calculator.
It even gives you the names of famous
people who share your half birthday.
Now 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!)
You 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 visit halfbirthday.com.
Be 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 b'day more than any other
day of the year.