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August: A Month of Self-Care and Wellness

August 1: August is National Wellness Month and the focus is on you and your self-care. The National Wellness Institute promotes the Six Dimensions of Wellness. Learn about the six dimensions and how you can apply them in your life. You can also get a free PDF Multicultural Wellness Wheel. https://www.nationalwellness.org/page/six_dimensions

August 2: On Eventbrite you can find a month’s worth of events filtered by city and categories. Some good wellness categories to explore are Health, Spiritual, Sports, and Fitness and Hobbies. You can also type in your own area of interest. https://www.eventbrite.com/

August 3: It’s National Watermelon Day. Did you know a two-cup serving of watermelon contains an excellent level of vitamin C; and is also a source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and potassium? At 92% water, watermelon delivers needed fluids and nutrients to the body. You can’t go wrong.

August 4: Check out these 50+ wellness apps that can help you make changes and set goals.

August 5: Stress—we all have it. The Greater Good Magazine has a “Stress and Anxiety” test you can take to evaluate your stress and anxiety level. This can help you determine if you need to make some small changes or talk with your doctor. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/take_quiz/stress_and_anxiety

August 6: Trees, birds, sun, and trails. Read Bustle’s article “5 Ways Being in Nature Changes Your Brain, According to Science.” Nature is just outside your doorway waiting for you. https://www.bustle.com/p/5-ways-being-in-nature-changes-your-brain-according-to-science-15827469

August 7: Shh. . . Learn why quiet time is just what you need.https://www.sishawa.com/2019/02/5-health-benefits-of-quiet-home.html

August 8: Coming home after work and having a glass of wine or beer can help some people relax. If you want to learn more about how much is too much, check these guidelines. https://www.verywellmind.com/alcohol-how-much-is-too-much-67238

August 9: NPR’s podcast “Hidden Brain” says they use science and storytelling to help curious people understand the world – and themselves. Open yourself up to some new ideas.

August 10: Sometimes relationships can be challenging and exhausting. When a relationship is healthy, it can reduce stress and has been linked to overall improved health. Whether you are dating or married, one of the best ways to nurture healthy relationships is by making an effort to spend time together. Thrillist has compiled a list of 33 Romantic Date Ideas in Pittsburgh. https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/pittsburgh/great-date-ideas-in-pittsburgh

August 11: Did you know that besides being good for your health, jumping rope can make you smarter? https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/benefits-jumping-rope-you-probably-dont-know.html

August 12: Sometimes all you need to boost your self-confidence and make a change is a new job. Tomorrow, August 13,  Hiring Pittsburgh is offering a Career Expo from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get the details at: http://promo.post-gazette.com/careerexpo

August 13: Are you bummed that you have no Saturday-night plans? Here is a list of 19 movies that can actually help with feeling down (anxiety and depression). Try one you haven’t seen or re-visit an old favorite. https://www.thinkpacifica.com/blog/19-movies-for-anxiety-and-depression/

August 14: What’s so good about “Hump Day?” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hump-day-is-the-glass-hal_b_10907628

August 15: Stay healthy and feel better. Find out about the benefits of lemon water. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html

August 16: It’s Friday night, “Game Night.” Invite some friends over for friendly competitions and lots of laughter. Check out some of the best games of 2019: https://www.thespruce.com/best-party-games-for-adults-4172302

August 17: Research shows that adults need play as much as children do. Play is so important it deserves to have two articles listed: https://wellnessmama.com/479/lessons-from-children/  and https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/06/336360521/play-doesnt-end-with-childhood-why-adults-need-recess-too

August 18: How to beat those Sunday-night blues:https://www.realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/emotional-health/why-you-feel-sad-on-sunday

August 19: Happy Monday quotes to help you look on the bright side:https://www.luvze.com/happy-weekday-quotes/

August 20: Some of the best health and wellness podcasts of 2019. You can listen in your car during traffic stand-stills. https://www.elitedaily.com/p/the-best-health-wellness-podcasts-to-listen-to-in-2019-for-a-fresh-perspective-on-life-15515698

August 21: No one enjoys being bored, but I bet you didn’t know there are benefits to boredom. View the following TED Talk: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=benefits+of+boredom&view=detail&mid=AAB2FDD56E440F451093AAB2FDD56E440F451093&FORM=VIRE

August 22: Tiny Buddha has 40 Ways to Let Go of Anger Right Now. https://tinybuddha.com/blog/40-ways-to-let-go-of-anger-right-now/

August 23: Friday Movie Night: 20 Movies That’ll Make You Think About Life In A New Way https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/6938/movies-that-make-you-think/

August 24: It’s Saturday. Sleeping in might actually be good for you (in moderation). https://www.health.com/sleep/sleeping-in-weekend

August 25 – 31: Music can improve your personal wellness. It activates the brain, gets you moving, and can change your feelings and trigger memories. Here are some concerts happening during the last week of August (Pennsylvania): https://concertful.com/area/united-states/pa/?page=4

August 25, 2019         

Live + Bush – Pittsburgh, PA

Sara Evans – Lancaster PA

The Wallflowers – Glenside, PA

August 27, 2019

Shawn Mendes – Philadelphia PA

Rob Thomas – Pittsburgh, PA

August 28, 2019

Daughtery – Bethlehem, PA

The Wiggles (Kids) – Pittsburgh, PA

Toad the Wet Sprocket – Warrendale, PA

August 29, 2019

Zac Brown Band with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Hershey, PA

Alabama – Wilkes-Barre, PA

Blues Traveler – Pittsburgh, PA

August 30, 2019

Hootie and the Blowfish with Barenaked Ladies – Hershey, PA

Miranda Lambert – Allentown, PA

Squeeze with KT Tunstall – Munhall, PA

August 31, 2019

Jonas Brothers with Bebe Rexha – Hershey, PA, US

The Alarm with Modern English – Glenside, PA

Brantley Gilbert with Michael Ray, Lindsay Ell – Burgettstown, PA