Half Birthdays: The New Stealth Mental Health Holiday

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Halfbirthday.com presents the Half Birthday, the one day of the year individuals can claim solely for themselves, to indulge, relax and treat themselves in a special way, with no one else being the wiser.

"To find out when your half birthday is, just visit http://halfbirthday.com/calculator"

Halfbirthday.com announces the creation of a new personal holiday for harried adults, one whose occurrence is meant to be discreetly celebrated only by the person observing it. It's called the Half Birthday.

During their special midway day each year, participants are encouraged to simply chill out, do things for themselves they don't normally do, take liberties, or take a pass on activities they'd rather skip.

Unlike birthdays, the half birthday should unfold under the radar, a secret between the celebrant and himself—without the fanfare, festivities and fuss that can be stressful in itself.

According the Halfbirthday.com founder Jerry McTigue, the half birthday is the ideal stealth mental health holiday because it occurs on the same easy-to-remember date each year and is not an occasion that everyone celebrates together. "Here's a perfect opportunity to ratchet it down a bit, treat yourself a little more kindly, and no one else is the wiser," says McTigue.

The first task for those wishing to partake, of course, is to figure out when their half birthday is. The easiest and least technical way to do this is to simply add six months to the day one is born. So a birthday of Nov. 5th becomes a half b'day of May 5th. If the birthday is December 31st, there is of course no June 31st, so just add a day and the half birthday becomes July 1st.

But all this is moot since there's a convenient half birthday finder that will do the job, at halfbirthday.com/calculator. It even provides the names of famous people who share a person's half birthday.

Now comes the fun part, says McTigue. "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. 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!"

More ways to celebrate a half birthday can be found at halfbirthday.com/indulge.

Halfbirthday.com advises those wishing to celebrate their half birthday to schedule a reminder to themselves a few days prior so they can make plans, or break plans, whatever the case may be. And warns that idea can be so compelling they may find themselves looking forward to their half birthday more than any other day of the year.

For more information about the party ideas, gifts, gags and other features of Halfbirthday.com, visit the website or email inquiry(at)halfbirthday(dot)com

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