Health Awareness Days for June 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Life Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for June, 2017.

Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to JanuaryFebruary,  March,  April and May.

Also, clear here to join our Health Awareness Days LinkedIn group and never miss a day!

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

 June is the Awareness Month For:

  • ALS Awareness Month (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • #ALSmonth, #ALS, #ENDALS, #LouGehrigsDisease, #makeadifference
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Honeysuckle, Rose
    • #birthflower, #flower, #honeysuckle, #rose, #summer, #garden, #love, #pink, #red
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Alexandrite, Moonstone, Opal, Parel, Pearl
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Alexandrite, #Moonstone, #opal, #Parel, #Pearl
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month
    • #BrainInjuryAwarenessMonth, #concussion, #BLUEforBraininjury, #TraumaticBraininjury. #TraumaServicesBC, #ThinkAhead, #TheMoreYouKnow
  • Camping Month
    • #CampingMonth, #camping, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • Great Outdoors Month
    • #GreatOutdoorsMonth, #camping, #riversmonth, #GetOutdoorsDay, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat, #fishing
  • LGBT Pride Month
    • #LGBTPrideMonth, #LGBT, #LGBTRights, #LGBTQ, #pride, #LoveWins, #LoveisLove, #gay
  • Midnight Sun
    • #MidnightSun, #landofthemidnightsun, #Yukon, #exploreyukon, #Alaska, #Whitehorse, #Norway, #Finland, #visitfinland, #Canada, #sunset, #tourism, #travel, #bucketlist
  • National Adopt a Cat Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalAdoptACatMonth, #AdoptDontBuy, #save, #purrfect, #HugYourCatDay, #cats, #Adopt, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • National Dairy Month
    • #WorldMilkDay, #farm365, #JuneIsDairyMonth, #teamdairy, #iHeartDairy, #JuneDairyMonth, #happycows, #NationalDairyMonth, #dairy
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month (U.S.)
    • #freshfruit, #vegetables, #food, #soup, #healthy, #OneSimpleChange, #yummy, #fruit, #healthyliving, #bonapetit, #gardening, #recipes
  • Ramadan from May 27th (Saturday) to June 25th (Sunday)
    • #Ramadan, #Quran
  • Recreation and Parks Month
    • #recreationandparks
  • Rivers Month
    • #riversmonth, #fishing, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat
  • Rose Month (U.S.)
    • #RoseMonth, #rose, #summer, #garden, #love, #pink, #red, #funfact
  • Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #SpinaBifida, #hydrocephalus, #BeyondAllLimits, #awareness, #charity
  • Stroke Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #StrokeAwarenessMonth, #stroke, #StrokeMonth, #StrokeChat, #strokeprevention, #Healthcare, #health

Special Weeks in June:

  • Bike to Work & School Week BC from May 29th to June 4th
    • #BikeToWorkWeek, #BikeMonth, #BTWW, #BiketoWorkDay, #cycling, #smartTRIPS
  • Pet Appreciation Week from June 4th to June 10th
    • #PetAppreciationWeek, #pet, #pets, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • Canadian Environment Week from June 5th to June 11th
    • #EnviroWeek, #CANClimateAction, #climate change
  • Sun Awareness Week (Canada) from June 5th to June 11th
    • #SunAwarenessWeek, #Skin, #Cancer, #sunsafety, #skincancer, #sunscreen, #SunSafetyWeek, #sunsafe
  • Garden Days, Canada’s Celebrations of Gardens from June 9th to June 18th
    • #GardenDays, #butchartgardens, #Canada
  • Aromatherapy Awareness Week from June 12th to June 16th
    • #AromatherapyWeek, #aromatherapy, #essentialoils, #spa

Special Days in June:

  • International Children’s Day on June 1st (Thursday)
    • #InternationalChildrensDay, #ChildrensDay, #childrensrights, #SmallVoices, #childrights, #children
  • World Milk Day on June 1st (Thursday)
    • #WorldMilkDay, #farm365, #JuneIsDairyMonth, #teamdairy, #iHeartDairy, #JuneDairyMonth, #happycows, #NationalDairyMonth, #dairy
  • National Health and Fitness Day (ParticipAction) (Canada) on June 3rd (Saturday)
    • #NationalHealthandFitnessDay, #healthandfitness, #fitness, #participaction, #GetFit, #diet, #workout, #health, #gym, #fitnessjourney, #wellness, #UnplugAndPlay
  • Hug Your Cat Day on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #HugYourCatDay, #cats, #cat, #Caturday, #meow, #cats, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #purrfect
  • National Cancer Survivors’ Day (30th Annual) on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay, #Cancer, #Survivor, #cancersurvivors, #endcancer, #CelebrateLife, #notalone, #CancerSurvivorsDay
  • Victoria Goddess Run on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #VictoriaGoddessRun
  • World Environment Day on June 5th (Monday)
    • #WorldEnvironmentDay, #GoGreen, #environment, #wildforlife, #climatechange, #TweetASapling, #WithNature
  • National Running Day (U.S.) on June 7th (Wednesday)
    • #NationalRunningDay, #running, #runchat, #RunningDay, #WellnessWednesday
  • World Oceans Day on June 8th (Thursday)
    • #WorldOceansDay, #oceans, #ocean, #OceanOptimism
  • Global Wellness Day on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #GlobalWellnessDay, #wellness, #yoga, #livewell
  • National Get Outdoors Day (U.S.) on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #GetOutdoorsDay, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat, #fishing, #camping, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • The Great Knaresborough Bed Race (U.K.) on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #KnaresboroughBedRace, #Knaresborough, #bedrace
  • Canadian Rivers Day on June 11th (Sunday)
    • #greatcanadianshorelinecleanup, #ShorelineCleanup, #cleanbeaches, #beachcleanup, #CoastalCleanupDay, #EarthDay, #WorldRiversDay, #SaveTheBay, #giveback, #volunteer, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • International Music Day on June 11th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalMusicDay, #music, #musicday, #concert, #WinwithMusic, #DiaDeLaMusica
  • World Blood Donor Day on June 14th (Wednesday)
    • #WorldBloodDonorDay, #giveblood, #RedCross, #BloodConnectsUsAll
  • National Clean Air Day (Canada) on June 15th (Thursday)
    • #CleanAirDay, #GreenAction, #EnviroWeek, #CANClimateAction, #climate change
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th (Thursday)
    • #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay, #seniors, #SayNoToElderAbuse, #respectelders, #olderpeople, #SeniorSafetyTipsoftheDay
  • CDKL5 Awareness Day (disorder in the cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 gene located on the X chromosome) on June 17th (Saturday)
    • #CDKL5, #seizures, #cdkl5unitedinhope, #cdklinsiemeversolacura, #treatment, #relief
  • Colour Days!!! Peach Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on June 17th (Saturday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #peach
  • Father’s Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #FathersDay, #dad
  • Car Free YYJ Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #CarFreeDay, #CFD, #yyj, #yyjevents, #VictoriaBC, #Victoria, #yyjtraffic, #yyjarts, #yyjfood
  • International Sushi Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalSushiDay, #sushi, #sake, #GFSUMMER, #lunch, #foodie
  • World Sickle Cell Awareness Day on June 19th (Monday)
    • #WorldSickleCellAwarenessDay, #GoSickle, #SickleCellAwarenessCOUNTS, #TeamSickleCell, #SpreadTheAwareness, #SickleStrong, #SickleCellAwareness, #findacure
  • World Refugee Day on June 20th (Tuesday)
    • #WorldRefugeeDay, #refugee, #WithRefugees, #refugee, #refugeeswelcome, #RefugeeWeek
  • Summer Solstice on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #SummerSolstice, #summer, #firstdayofsummer, #makingthemostofthesun
  • International Surfing Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalSurfingDay, #surf, #surfing
  • International Yoga Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalYogaDay, #yoga, #YogaDay, #health, #ArtofLiving
  • Music Day (UK) on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #musicday, #music, #concert, #WinwithMusic, #DiaDeLaMusica
  • National Aboriginal Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #NationalAboriginalDay, #NADCanada, #Indigenous, #FirstNations, #Canada, #Aboriginal, #SummerSolstice
  • National Selfie Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #NationalSelfieDay, #selfie, #SelfieDay
  • Take Your Dog and/or Cat to Work Day on June 23rd (Friday)
    • #TakeYourDogToWorkDay, #TakeYourCatToWorkDay, #PetsAtWork, #dogs, #dog, #cats, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #purrfect
  • Beauticians Day on June 26th (Monday)
    • #BeauticiansDay
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26th (Monday)
    • #InternationalDayAgainstDrugAbuseAndillicitTrafficking
  • International Mud Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #InternationalMudDay, #outdoorplay, #muddy, #MudDay
  • National Handshake Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #NationalHandshakeDay, #secrethandshakes, #HandshakeDay, #handshake
  • World Scleroderma Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #worldsclerodermaday, #scleroderma, #unveilscleroderma, #diamundialesclerodermia

10 Ways to Nip Gossip in the Bud in the Workplace

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

“Gossip is the Devil’s radio,” ~ George Harrison

Gossip is as old as the hills.

Gossip is a negative, malicious, and damaging conversation about someone else behind their back.

Gossip is not friendly banter, idle chit-chat, or a productive discussion about work-related issues.

To illustrate my opinion, let me tell you a little story about Cytisus scoparius. Chances are you’ve seen these stunning yellow flowers, otherwise known as Scotch Broom, in the spring, in open meadows and along roadsides, in British Columbia.

On the one hand, this tough and pretty plant improves soil, is a good erosion-control plant, and it can be used to make brooms, hence the name.

On the other hand, Broom is invasive, it prevents other nearby plants from thriving, it’s a fire hazard, it’s toxic to livestock, and its pollen is considered an allergen to some.

Did you know that this species is not native to North America? It was imported here in 1850 with the help of a Captain who planted it at his Sooke farm, just outside Victoria, B.C., to remind him of home.

Little did the Captain know, once established, Scotch Broom is stubborn and difficult to remove. On top of that, it’s an aggressive, invasive species that is well-adapted to spreading: a single plant can produce 18,000 seeds per year! It’s also drought resistant and is able to survive in harsh conditions. Since the 1850’s, with the help of human hands, Scotch Broom has spread across British Columbia and beyond and has caused considerable damage along the way.

You may be thinking, “What a jerk! That Captain had some nerve bringing Scotch Broom to North America! Now, I have allergies!

You may also be thinking, “What does Scotch Broom have to do with gossip?”

Well, ironically, to make my point about gossip, I’ve just told you a story that maligned the character of a person who isn’t here to defend himself. It just goes to show how easily gossip can find its way into any conversation. I know the Captain was not malicious in his intent when he brought these flowers across the pond and I don’t want you cursing his name every time you see Scotch Broom on the side of a road. Instead, what I want you to think of, is gossip!

I told you this story because I really want to illustrate how gossip is just as invasive and destructive in the workplace, as the Scotch Broom is on the North American landscape.

Although gossiping may seem innocuous and harmless at first whisper, it plants the seeds of disrepute and negativity in the workplace.

No organization is immune from it but tolerating gossip in the workplace leads to a stressful work environment.

One little, not-so-innocent story about some unsuspecting person can travel quickly from person to person and group to group. That little story can hang on for years and can seriously damage the reputation and livelihood of the victim.

I don’t know if you can think of anyone who has missed out on promotions or has lost a job because of gossip, but I do. Me. I know gossip was a factor (among others) in the decision to let me go from a government job I had years ago. Aside from the on-going office politics, one of my co-workers belittled me behind my back, to anyone who would listen, and that gossip changed the climate in the office and my manager’s opinion of me.

Gossip in the workplace can also create productivity issues. It’s a huge time waster. If employees are talking about each other and are running to the supervisor to settle their differences, nobody is getting any work done. If gossip is running your office, you can almost guarantee that productivity is suffering also.

Gossip also breeds distrust among co-workers, staff, and managers. People will start to second-guess each other and strained relationships don’t make for good teams. The distrust will lead to low morale which will then lead to staff turnover issues. Your employees – the ones you have invested in – especially the top performers who don’t have time for this nonsense – will find jobs elsewhere. Who wants to work in a place where everyone is unhappy and doesn’t get along?

10 TIPS AND STRATEGIES FOR A GOSSIP-FREE WORKPLACE

Keeping gossip to a minimum is one huge way to reduce the tension and negativity among your employees.

Whether you’re a business owner, manager, supervisor, co-worker, or the reigning office gossip, here are some tips and strategies for a gossip-free workplace:

Tip # 1. DON’T PARTICIPATE IN GOSSIP – EVEN AS A BYSTANDER.

By participating in negative conversations, you perpetuate gossip and you also discredit and dishonour yourself by association. Any participation in gossip will be viewed in a poor light and may cost you a promotion down the line. It also shows that you’re not a “team-player” like you said on your resume.

Tip # 2. HOW TO RESPOND TO GOSSIP.

If you’re constantly hearing gossip from one of your co-workers and you really don’t want to hear the on-going saga, here are some things you can say to get off the hook, out of the conversation, and stop the gossip in its tracks:

  • I feel uncomfortable talking about “so-n-so” in this way.
  • I don’t think it’s appropriate to discuss “so-n-so” while s/he’s not around.
  • Hearing you talk about “so-n-so” makes me wonder if you tell any stories about me like this when I’m not here.
  • If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.
  • Or, say something positive about “so-n-so” to turn the tables.

Tip #3. ASSESS THE CONTEXT

If you by chance catch wind of some gossip circulating around the office, assess the context. The gossip may be pointing to a weakness in the workplace that may need attention. Maybe employees are worried about a big change coming down the pike, for example. If that’s the case, having open communication, where everyone is in the loop, is the best way to handle the situation.

Tip #4. IF YOU HAVE AN OFFICE GOSSIP ON YOUR PAYROLL, talk to them in a closed-door meeting to find out what’s going on with them. Give them some attention and listen to what they have to say, so they feel heard. Forcing gossipers to explain themselves may shed some light on the situation. Once you hear their side, let them know that you will follow-up with anyone else involved, especially the person they are talking about. That alone may curb the gossip to a certain extent. Be sure to make it clear that at this point, the gossip must stop and that it is not tolerated at work.

Tip #5. DON’T LET YOURSELF BE THE SUBJECT OF GOSSIP.

Stay professional at all times, especially during office holiday parties because you never know who might be listening or watching. Keep your personal business to yourself and don’t confide in just anyone.

Tip #6. COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY.

If you have an issue with someone at work, tell them directly in a professional way rather than talking about them behind their back.

Tip #7. IF YOU’RE THE OFFICE GOSSIP.

If memories of past conversations in the office are floating in your head right now and if it’s occurring to you that you may indeed be the office gossip, think about why you feel compelled to talk smack about other people.

  • Are you trying to make yourself look better?
  • Are you trying to vent some frustration to feel better about yourself?
  • Do you enjoy the attention you get when you tell your stories?
  • Do you feel insecure about your own job?
  • Do you think you’re doing someone a service by exposing a flaw?

I’m hoping that once the gossiper sees how hurtful their behaviour is to others around them, they’ll change their tune to a more positive and supportive one in the world.

Tip #8. HAVE AN OFFICIAL NO GOSSIP POLICY TO DISCOURAGE GOSSIP.

Brief new employees on your no gossip policy when they are first hired and include “gossip” as a topic for discussion in a staff meeting. Let your employees know that gossip is not tolerated in this place of business and consequences of gossiping may include a written warning in their personnel file, a demotion, or they may even lose their job entirely.

I first came across a no gossip policy when I went back to school at the Aveda Institute and I must say, I was really impressed by their pro-active stance. I really felt respected by the school’s administration, like they had my back, and I really made a point of not engaging in gossip from then on.

Tip #9. FOSTER A SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION.

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas,” ~ Mary Curie

Ideas drive business. You’ve opened your business to solve a specific problem in the world and hired your staff to come up with ingenious ideas to deliver on that promise. Getting caught up in petty gossip prevents your staff from flourishing and from coming up with those amazing, out-of-the-box solutions that will put your business on the map. Let your employees feel safe to be creative, do their jobs, and wow your clients instead!

Tip #10. HIRE A LIFE COACH FOR YOUR STAFF.

A good life coach provides a safe place for people to express themselves. Instead of taking the passive-aggressive route of gossiping, employees can voice their concerns to a neutral professional who will help them work through their challenges in a constructive way.

Also, gossiping may demonstrate a talent for communication that has been mis-directed up-until-now and this person may in fact have the potential to be a great leader. Working with a life coach can really help staff members develop their communication skills in positive ways.

Allowing mean-spirited gossip to run rampant in the workplace can lead to a culture of distrust which will negatively impact productivity, morale, and loyalty. Managers should act quickly and not let gossip get out of hand. Pervasive gossip can be like Scotch Broom, and as it spreads, it will wreak havoc throughout a department, then the whole company, and will ultimately affect profits.

I’m sure you don’t want your company to be taken down by gossip, so make sure you nip it in the bud and refuse to tolerate it from here on out.

Health Awareness Days for May, 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for May, 2017.

Here’s a link to the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to JanuaryFebruary,  March and April.

Also, clear here to join our Health Awareness Days LinkedIn group and never miss a day!

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

May is the Awareness Month For:

  • Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (MedicAlert Canada)
    • #AsthmaandAllergyAwarenessMonth, #asthma, #allergies, #MedicAlert, #health, #May, #cure, #awareness
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Hawthorne, Lily of the Valley
    • #birthflower, #flower, #Hawthorne, #lilyofthevalley, #spring, #May
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Agate, Beryl, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Saffire
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Agate, #beryl, #YELLOWBERYL, #Chrysoprase, #emerald, #saffire, #saphire
  • Celiac Awareness Month
    • #CeliacAwarenessMonth, #glutenfree, #celiac, #gluten, #celiacdisease, #gf
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
    • #CysticFibrosisAwarenessMonth, #CureCF, #cysticfibrosis
  • Food Allergy Awareness Month
    • #FoodAllergyAwarenessMonth, #foodallergy, #peanuts, #glutenfree, #anaphylaxis, #allergy, #foodallergies, #peanutallergy, #celiac
  • Foot Health Awareness Month
    • #FootHealthAwarenessMonth, #Podiatrists, #heelrelief, #plantarfascitiis, (sic) #pedicure, #nails, #pedi, #feet, #prettyfeet, #nailcare, #spa, #massage, #toes
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
    • #HepatitisAwarenessMonth, #HepAware, #hepatitis, #KnowUrStatus, #KnowHepatitis, #HepTestingDay, #HepC, #GetTested
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
    • #HuntingtonsDiseaseAwarenessMonth, #HuntingtonsDisease, #hdawareness, #HD, #CureHD, #huntingtondisease, #awareness
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Month
    • #LymeDiseaseAwarenessMonth, #LymeDisease, #lymediseasechallenge, #Lyme, #lymeawareness, #lymediseaseawareness, #compoundpharmacy, #awareness, #WeMustFindACure, #TickTalk
  • Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #MultipleSclerosis, #MS, #health
  • National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month (Iron Overload) (Canada)
    • #Hemochromatosis, #awareness, #iron, #toomuchiron
  • National Pet Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalPetMonth, #PawItForward, #pet, #pets
  • National Physiotherapy Month (Canada)
    • #physiotherapy, #physio, #massage, #physicaltherapy, #health, #Physiotherapist, #physiotherapyblog
  • National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalSkinCancerAwarenessMonth, #skincancer, #melanoma, #Cancer, #sunscreen, #Skin, #health, #skincare, #sunsafety, #tanning, #dermatology, #wellness
  • Ramadan from May 27th (Saturday) to June 25th (Sunday)
    • #Ramadan, #Quran
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #speechandhearing
  • Vision Health Month (Canada)
    • #VisionHealthMonth, #optometry, #visionhealth, #eyehealth, #vision, #eyes, #eyecare, #visionimprovement, #visionhealing, #visioncorrection, #ThinAboutYourEyes, #Healthcare, #eyes4life, #awareness

Special Weeks in May:

  • Mental Health Week from May 1st to May 7th
    • #MentalHealthWeek, #GETLOUD, #mentalhealth, #SwitchOnTheLight, #mentalillness, #depression, #BreakTheSilence, #stigma
  • National Nursing Week from May 6th to May 12th
    • #NationalNursingWeek, #thanknurse, #Nurse, #Registered, #Nursing, #RN, #medical, #Healthcare
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 7th to May 13th
    • #hospice, #palliative, #Care, #palliativecare, #Nursing, #Healthcare, #charity
  • National Postcard Week (U.S.) from May 7th to May 13th
    • #postcard, #art, #vintage, #travel
  • National Pet Week (U.S.) from May 7th to May 13th
    • #NationalPetWeek, #pet, #pets, #Adopt, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #animallover, #furbaby
  • North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week from May 7th to May 13th
    • #occupationalhealth, #safety, #NAOSH, #workplacesafety, #workforce, #MakeSafetyAHabit
  • Naturopathic Medicine Week (British Columbia Naturopathic Association) from May 8th to May 14th
    • #NatMedWeek, #naturopathicmedicine, #health, #naturopathic, #wellness, #naturopathy, #medicine, #prevention, #nutrition
  • International Coaching Week (ICW) (International Coaching Federation) from May 15th to May 21st
    • #InternationalCoachingWeek, #ICF, #coaches, #coachescafe, #coachingworks, #coaching, #mentoring, #digdeep, #leadership, #lifecoaching, #executivecoaching, #businesscoaching
  • National Police Week (U.S.) from May 17th to May 20th
    • #NationalPoliceWeek, #EMS, #Thankyouforhelpingothers, #thankful, #BlueLivesMatter, #PoliceLivesMatter, #police, #PoliceWeek, #ThinBlueLine, #NeverForget, #law enforcement
  • ChorFest (BC Choral Federation) in Victoria, BC from May 19th to May 21st
    • #choral, #music, #choir, #singing, #composers, #concert
  • National EMS Week (Emergency Medical Services) from May 21st to May 27th
    • #NationalEMSWeek, #EMS, #volunteers, #Thankyouforhelpingothers, #thankful, #Paramedic, #NationalPoliceWeek
  • Bike to Work Week BC from May 29th to June 4th
    • #BikeToWorkWeek, #BikeMonth, #BTWW, #BiketoWorkDay, #cycling, #smartTRIPS

Special Days in May:

  • Executive Coaching Day on May 1st (Monday)
    • #executivecoaching, #InternationalCoachingWeek, #ICF, #coaches, #coachescafe, #coachingworks, #coaching, #mentoring, #digdeep, #leadership, #lifecoaching, #businesscoaching
  • Melanoma Monday on May 1st (Monday)
    • #MelanomaMonday, #skincancer, #melanoma, #HealthTalk, #ChooseSkinHealth, #sunscreen, #skincare, #Skin, #melanomaawareness, #Cancer
  • World Asthma Day on May 2nd (Tuesday)
    • #WorldAsthmaDay, #asthma, #breathtakingmoments, #AsthmaAwareness, #TakeItSeriously, #BreatheForACause, #Right2Breathe, #WAD
  • World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd (Wednesday)
    • #WorldPressFreedomDay, #media, #pressfreedom, #WPFD2017
  • May the Fourth Be With You Day (National Star Wars Day) on May 4th (Thursday)
    • #MayThe4thBeWithYou, #StarWarsDay, #StarWars, #HappyStarWarsDay, #MayThe4th
  • National Day of Prayer (U.S.) on May 4th (Thursday)
    • #NationalDayofPrayer, #Prayer, #pray
  • National Orange Juice Day on May 4th (Thursday)
    • #NationalOrangeJuiceDay, #orangejuice, #OJ, #breakfast, #healthy
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5th (Friday)
    • #CincoDeMayo, #Mexico
  • Space Day on May 5th (Friday)
    • #SpaceDay, #CosmicAddress
  • STOP! Clean Your Hands Day (WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers) on May 5th (Friday)
    • #pledgecleanhands, #handhygiene, #cleanhands, #safehands
  • World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5th (Friday)
    • #WorldPHDay, #WPHD #sometimesitsph, #PulmonaryHypertension, #PHAware, #Pulmonary, #PHAssociation
  • International No Diet Day on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalNoDietDay, #NoDietDay, #nodiet, #losehatenotweight, #treatyoself, #INDD, #wellness
  • National Nurses Day on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalNursesDay, #nurses, #thankanurse, #NursesDay, #FlorenceNightingale
  • Join Hands Day (dedicated to bringing a union between the older & younger generations) on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #JoinHandsDay, #Oldandyoung
  • National Tourist Appreciation Day (U.S.) on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #tourist, #travel, #tourism, #vacation, #holiday, #trip, #traveling, #wanderlust
  • World Labyrinth Day on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #WorldLabyrinthDay, #meditate, #Labyrinths, #healing, #breatheringoldlight
  • Walk So Kids Can Talk (event for Kids Help Phone) on May 7th (Sunday)
    • #WalkSoKidsCanTalk, #KidsHelpPhone, #BeAHero, #KidsHelpPhoneWalk
  • White Lotus Day (encouraging meditation) on May 8th (Monday)
    • #WhiteLotus, #Lotus, #flower, #meditation, #yoga, #esotericism, #healing, #SpiritualWellness, #spirit, #enlightenment, #spirituality, #love, #spiritual, #peace, #awakening, #happiness, #zen, #mindfulness
  • World Red Cross Day on May 8th (Monday)
    • #WorldRedCrossDay, #RedCross, #thanks
  • World Lupus Day on May 10th (Wednesday)
    • #WorldLupusDay, #LupusAwarenessMonth, #lupus, #LupusAwareness, #HighFive4Lupus, #KnowLupus, #giveback, #imalupussufferer
  • Mother’s Day on May 14th (Sunday)
    • #MothersDay, #mothers, #gift, #women, #handmade
  • International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on May 12th (Friday)
    • #awareness, #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis, #MECFS, #MyalgicE, #me, #MyE, #fibromyalgia, #chronicpain, #fibro, #chronicillness, #health, #multiplechemicalsensitivity, #allergies, #Perfume, #scentfree, #MCS
  • International Hummus Day on May 13th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalHummusDay, #hummus, #hummusday, #yum, #vegetarian, #vegan, #recipesoftheday, #recipe
  • International Migratory Bird Day on May 13th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalMigratoryBirdDay, #WhyBirdsMatter, #IMBD, #BirdDay, #stripygoose
  • National Babysitters’ Day (U.S.) on May 13th (Saturday)
    • #babysitters, #babysitting, #babysitter
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day (U.S.) on May 15th (Monday)
    • #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay, #PoliceWeek, #ultimatesacrafice, #PoliceHeroes
  • Colour Days!!! Turquoise/Teal Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on May 17th (Wednesday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #Turquoise, #blue, #teal
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia on May 17th (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalDayAgainstHomophobia, #LGBTQ, #LGBT, #AllLivesMatter, #love, #WeAreOne, #education
  • World Hypertension Day on May 17th (Wednesday)
    • #WorldHypertensionDay, #KnowYourNumbers, #bloodpressure, #hypertension, #highbloodpressure, #stroke, #WellnessWednesday
  • International Museum Day on May 18th (Thursday)
    • #InternationalMuseumDay, #MuseumDay, #museum, #ArtMuseumDay, #art, #history, #free
  • Vyshyvanka Day or Ukrainian Embroidery Day (Ukraine) on May 18th (Thursday)
    • #VyshyvankkaDay, #Ukraine, #Vyshyvanka, #Kyiv, #Ukrainian
  • National Learn to Swim Day on May 20th (Saturday)
    • #LearnToSwimDay, #swimislife, #learntoswim, #swimming, #watersafety, #safety, #swimminglessons, #swim, #lifeskills
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20th (Saturday)
    • #WorldAutoimmuneArthritisDay, #arthritis
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st (Sunday)
    • #WorldDayforCulturalDiversity, #culturaldiversity, #dialogue, #culture, #language, #appreciate
  • Victoria Day on May 22nd (Monday)
    • #VictoriaDay, #longweekend, #fireworks, #Canada, #BBQ, #QueenVictoria
  • Towel Day on May 25th (Thursday), a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
    • #towelday, #TowelDay, #DouglasAdams
  • Geek Pride Day on May 25th (Thursday)
    • #GeekPrideDay
  • Sun Screen Day on May 27th (Saturday)
    • #SunscreenDay, #sunscreen, #summer, #spf30, #skincancer
  • Amnesty International Day on May 28th (Sunday)
    • #AmnestyInternationalDay, #AmnestyInternational, #news, #humanrights, #URGENT, #UN
  • National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th (Sunday)
    • #multiplebirths, #twins, #pregnant, #OBGYN, #DueTime
  • Memorial Day (U.S.) May 29th (Monday)
    • #MemorialDayWeekend, #longweekend
  • World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st (Wednesday)
    • #WorldNoTobaccoDay, #smoking, #tobacco, #SayNoToTobacco, #NoTobacco, #quitsmoking, #BreakTheStick

Health Awareness Days for April 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for April, 2017.

Here’s a link to the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to JanuaryFebruary, and March.

Also, clear here to join our Health Awareness Days LinkedIn group and never miss a day!

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

April is the Awareness Month For…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Sweet Pea
    • #birthflower, #flower, #sweetpea, #love
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Diamond, Opal, Quartz, White Sapphire
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Diamond, #opal, #Quartz, #whitesapphire
  • Counseling Awareness Month (U.S.)
    • #CounselingAwarenessMonth, #endofsemesterstress, #counseling, #socialwork, #therapy, #mentalhealth
  • Daffodil Month or National Cancer Month (Canadian Cancer Society)
    • #DaffodilMonth, #daffodil, #Cancer, #JoinTheFight, #MyDaffodil, #WearADaffodil, #volunteer
  • International Guitar Month
    • #InternationalGuitarMonth, #guitar, #guitarist, #GuitarPlayersLoveYouALL, #GuitarHero, #music, #acoustic, #poetry
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
    • #IBSAwarenessMonth, #IBS, #IBSAwareness, #invisibleillness, #NotJustIBS
  • National Humor Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalHumorMonth, #humor, #laugh, #comedy, #cleanjoke, #smile, #fun, #funny, #Funnypictures, #lol
  • National Oral Health Month
    • #NationalOralHealthMonth, #dentalhygienists, #teeth, #dentists, #oralhealth, #GoodMorning
  • National Pet Month (U.K.)
    • #NationalPetMonth, #PawItForward, #pet, #pets, #TheSecretLifeOfPets
  • Parkinson’s Awareness Month
    • #ParkinsonsAwarenessMonth, #ParkinsonsDisease, #Parkinsons, #volunteers, #PatientsinNeed, #WatchMeMove
  • Rosacea Awareness Month
    • #RosaceaAwarenessMonth, #rosacea, #sensitiveskin, #skincare, #spa, #esthetics, #Esthetician
  • School Library Month
    • #SchoolLibraryMonth, #libraries, #schoolibrary, #gotothelibrary, #readabook, #read, #LibraryGenius, #books, #ChildrenRead, #teachingreading, #Readingactivities, #learntoread, #websiteforkids, #ShowUsYourLibrary, #shelfie
  • Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month
    • #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth, #sexualassault, #rape, #ItsOnUs, #nomore, #BeTheChange
  • Stress Awareness Month
    • #StressAwarenessMonth, #stress, #stressed, #mentalhealth, #depression, #anxiety, #stressrelief, #mindfulness, #health, #tips, #relax

Special Weeks in April:

  • National Health Ethics Week (Canadian Bioethics Society) from April 3rd to April 9th
    • #NationalHealthEthicsWeek, #HealthEthics, #bioethics, #science, #medicine, #ethics, #DNA, #genetics
  • National Dental Hygienists Week from April 8th to April 14th
    • #dentalhygienists, #dentists, #teeth, #oralhealth, #GoodMorning
  • National Library Week from April 9th to April 15th
    • #NationalLibraryWeek, #SchoolLibraryMonth, #libraries, #schoolibrary, #gotothelibrary, #readabook, #read, #LibraryGenius, #books, #ChildrenRead, #teachingreading, #Readingactivities, #learntoread, #websiteforkids, #ShowUsYourLibrary, #shelfie
  • World Creativity and Innovation Week from April 15th to April 21st
    • #WorldCreativityAndInnovationWeek, #nationalinnovationday, #innovation, #startup, #tech, #technology, #leadership, #creativity, #design
  • National Karaoke Week (U.S.) from April 16th to April 22nd
    • #NationalKaraokeWeek, #karaoke, #singing, #sing, #song, #fun, #music, #friends
  • Spa Week Spring Event from April 17th to April 23rd
    • #SpaWeek, #relax, #spa, #pampering, #facials, #massage, #esthetics, #manicure, #nails, #hair, #skin, #makeup, #skincare, #Esthetician, #beauty, #spring
  • National Immunization Awareness Week (Canada) from April 22nd to April 29th
    • #immunization, #vaccines, #vaccine, #vaccination
  • Administrative Professionals Week from April 23rd to April 29th
    • #AdminAssistant, #secretary, #Receptionist, #office, #Admin, #career
  • National Volunteer Week (Volunteer Canada) from April 23rd to April 29th
    • #NationalVolunteerWeek, #NVW, #volunteering, #volunteers, #volunteer, #giveback, #thankyou

Special Days in April:

  • International Fun at Work Day on April 1st (Saturday)
    • #InternationalFunAtWorkDay, #funatwork, #pingpong, #companyculture
  • International Pillow Fight Day on April 1st (Saturday)
    • #InternationalPillowFightDay, #PillowFightDay, #pyjamaparty
  • World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd (Sunday)
    • #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, #WorldAutismDay, #autismawareness, #autism, #autistic, #LightItUpBlue, #AutismAcceptance, #AutismSpeaks
  • World Party Day on April 3rd (Monday)
    • #WorldPartyDay, #party
  • WE Day New York on April 6th (Thursday) Radio City Music Hall, New York City
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • National Walk to Work Day (U.S.) on April 7th (Friday)
    • #NationalWalktoWorkDay, #WalkToWorkDay, #walk, #walking, #stressed, #walktowork, #walk2work
  • World Health Day (World Health Organization) on April 7th (Friday)
    • #WorldHealthDay, #health, #healthyliving, #WorldHealthOrganization, #Nurse, #wellness, #healing, #exercise, #fitness, #food, #nutrition
  • #KidsYogaDay on April 7th (Friday)
    • #KidsYogaDay, #kidsyoga, #yogaforkids, #yoga, #YogaOn, #bestdayever
  • National Siblings Day (U.S.) on April 10th (Monday)
    • #NationalSiblingsDay, #nationalsiblingday, #sisters, #brothers, #love, #loveyou, #lovethem, #family
  • Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience begins April 10th, 2017 (Monday)
    • #21DayMeditation, #meditation, #meditate, #oprahdeepak #mantra
  • National Library Workers Day on April 11th (Tuesday)
    • #NationalLibraryWorkersDay, #librarian, #librarylove, #AskaLibrarian #NationalLibraryWeek, #SchoolLibraryMonth, #libraries, #schoolibrary, #gotothelibrary, #readabook, #read, #LibraryGenius, #books, #teachingreading, #Readingactivities, #learntoread, #ShowUsYourLibrary, #shelfie
  • National Pet Day (U.S.) on April 11th (Tuesday)
    • #NationalPetDay, #pet, #pets, #Adopt, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #animallover, #furbaby
  • National Book Mobile Day on April 12th (Wednesday)
    • #NationalBookmobileDay, #BookmobileDay, #bookmobile, #readabook, #read, #books, #teachingreading, #Readingactivities, #learntoread, #ChildrenRead
  • Scrabble Day on April 13th (Thursday)
    • #ScrabbleDay, #NationalScrabbleDay, #scrabble, #win, #game, #fun, #words, #boardgames
  • International Moment of Laughter Day on April 14th (Friday)
    • #InternationalMomentofLaughterDay, #laugh, #humor, #comedy, #cleanjoke, #smile, #fun, #funny, #Funnypictures, #lol
  • Easter Sunday on April 16th (Sunday)
    • #EasterSunday, #Easter, #family, #EasterBunny, #HappyEaster, #Jesus
  • National Stress Awareness Day (U.S.) on April 16th (Sunday)
    • #NationalStressAwarenessDay, #stress, #stressed, #mentalhealth, #depression, #anxiety, #stressrelief, #mindfulness, #health, #tips, #relax
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day on April 16th (Sunday)
    • #WearYourPajamasToWorkDay, #PajamaParty, #companyculture
  • World Voice Day on April 16th (Sunday)
    • #WorldVoiceDay, #voice, #DiaMundialDelLaVoz, #voz, #youth
  • Colour Days!!! Purple Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on April 17th (Monday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #purple
  • World Hemophelia Day on April 17th (Monday)
    • #WorldHemophiliaDay, #WordHemoDay, #hemophilia, #haemophilia, #bleedingdisorder, #HemoChat, #RareDisease
  • American Income Tax Filing Deadline on April 18th (Tuesday)
    • #IncomeTax, #tax, #taxes, #IRS, #TaxPlanning, #FairTax, #Income
  • Husband Appreciation Day on April 19th (Wednesday)
    • #husband, #happy, #love, #family, #marriage, #appreciation, #grateful, #thanks, #thankyou, #gratitude, #Respect, relationships
  • National Garlic Day (U.S.) on April 19th (Wednesday)
    • #NationalGarlicDay, #garlic, #recipes, #nutrition, #WellnessWednesday
  • National High Five Day on April 20th (Thursday)
    • #NationalHigh5Day, #NH5D, #highfive, #workhigh5
  • Volunteer Recognition Day on April 20th (Thursday)
    • #VolunteerRecognitionDay, #volunteering, #volunteers, #volunteer, #giveback, #thankyou
  • DivaGirl Conference, Toronto on April 21st (Friday)
    • #divagirl, #TGIF, #selfie, #Queen, #fashion, #beauty, #stunning, #style, #beautiful, #linda, #princess
  • WE Day Seattle on April 21st (Friday) KeyArena, Seattle Center, Seattle
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • Earth Day on April 22nd (Saturday)
    • #EarthDay, #Earth, #EarthDayEveryDay, #climatechange, #climate, #green, #NoPlaceLikeHome, #DiaDeLaTierra, #GlobalSelfie, #ParisAgreement, #GlobalGoals, #ChangeClimateChange
  • World Malaria Day on April 25th (Tuesday)
    • #WorldMalariaDay, #malaria, #DefeatMalaria, #EndMalaria, #EndMalariaForGood, #MalariaSUCKS
  • National Kids and Pets Day (U.S.) on April 26th (Wednesday)
    • #NationalKidsAndPetsDay, #kids, #family, #parenting, #baby, #children, #pet, #pets, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • WE Day California on April 27th (Thursday) The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • Biological Clock Day (Balance Your Circadian Rhythm) on April 28th (Friday)
    • #biologicalclock, #circadianrhythm, #tips, #sleep, #health, #essentialoils, #WakeUpinspired, #ticktock
  • Administrative Professionals Day on April 26th (Wednesday)
    • #AdminAssistant, #secretary, #Receptionist, #office, #Admin, #career
  • Help a Horse Day on April 26th (Wednesday)
    • #HelpAHorseDay, #horses, #HelpAHorse
  • HerbDay on April 26th (Wednesday)
    • #herbday
  • National Manicure & Pedicure Day on April 26th (Wednesday)
    • #manicure, #pedicure, #manipedi, #nails, #nailart, #nailpolish, #beauty, #mani, #pedi, #feet, #prettyfeet, #nailcare, #spa, #massage, #toes, #WellnessWednesday
  • National Tell a Story Day (U.S.) on April 27th (Thursday)
    • #NationalTellAStoryDay, #TellAStoryDay, #story, #Listen2aBook
  • Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 27th (Thursday)
    • #TakeOurDaughtersAndSonsToWorkDay, #work, #bringyourkidstoworkday, #workingmom, #theygrowupsofast
  • National Arbor Day (U.S.) on April 28th (Friday)
    • #NationalArborDay, #ArborDay, #trees, #tree, #treechat, #PlantATree, #nature
  • Workers Mourning Day on April 28th (Friday)
    • #MourningDay, #workers
  • International Astronomy Day on April 29th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalAstronomyDay, #UniversalClassics, #universe, #space, #science, #AstronomyDay, #starryskies, #stargazingatsea, #photography
  • International Dance Day on April 29th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalDanceDay, #WorldDanceDay, #dance, #CannotStopDancing, #confident, #DanceToGlory
  • World Veterinary Day on April 29th (Saturday)
    • #WorldVeterinaryDay, #WorldVetDay, #pets, #ForTheLoveOfVets, #thankful, #pet, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day on April 30th (Sunday)
    • #HairstyleAppreciationDay, #longhair, #hairstylist, #hairstyle, #hairextensions, #hair
  • International Jazz Day on April 30th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalJazzDay, #jazz, #JazzDay, #nowplaying, #music

Health & Wellness Awareness Days for March, 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for March, 2017.

Here’s a link to the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to January and February.

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

March is the Awareness Month For:

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Daffodil
    • #birthflower, #flower, #daffodil, #spring, #yellow
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Clear Quartz, Jade
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #aquamarine, #bloodstone, #clearQuartz, #Jade, #healing
  • Childhood Arthritis Month (Canada)
    • #childhoodarthritis, #childhoodarthritisMonth
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month
    • #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth, #cureEndo, #endomedtriosis, #endo
  • Help Fight Liver Disease Month (Canada)
    • #liverdisease, #liver, #cirrosis, #hepatitis, #HepC, #FattyLiver
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth, #colorectalcancer, #coloncancer, #DressinBlueDay
  • National Kidney Month
    • #NationalKidneyMonth, #KidneyDisease, #dialysis, #kidneys, #stayhealthy
  • National Nutrition Month
    • #NationalNutritionMonth, #healthy, #nutrition, #eatright
  • National Social Work Month
    • #NationalSocialWorkMonth, #SocialWorkMonth, #socialwork, #Talk, #Counselor, #coaches, #nun, #priest, #Pastor, #Rabbi
  • Pharmacist Awareness Month
    • #Pharmacist, #pharmacy
  • Red Cross Month
    • #RedCrossMonth, #RedCross, #volunteers, #BeAHero
  • Women’s History Month (U.S.)
    • #WomensHistoryMonth, #WHM, #InternationalWomensDay

Special Weeks in March:

  • National Sleep Awareness Week (U.S.) from March 2nd to March 9th
    • #SleepAwarenessWeek, #7Days4BetterSleep, #sleep, #sleephealth, #zzz, #tips, #wellbeing, #SleepWeek
  • National Spring Cleaning Week (U.K.) from March 6th to March 12th
    • #nationalspringcleaningweek, #springcleaning
  • Victoria Flower Count from March 6th to March 12th
    • #FlowerCount, #spring, #flowers, #explorevictoria, #VictoriaBC, #Victoria #yyj, #nature, #photography
  • World Glaucoma Week from March 12th to March 18th
    • #WorldGlaucomaWeek, #eyecare, #eyeexam, #eyehealth, #glaucoma, #WGW2017
  • Brain Awareness Week from March 13th to March 19th.
    • #BrainAwarenessWeek, #brainweek, #neuroscience, #brain
  • Poison Prevention Week from March 19th to March 25th
    • #PoisonPreventionWeek, #health, #Danger
  • Canada Water Week from March 19th to March 25th
    • #CanadaWaterWeek, #SaveOurPlanet, #water, #groundwater, #WorldWaterDay, #SaveOurPlanet, #drop4drop, #iLoveWater, #SaveWater
  • Canada Reads (CBC’s battle of the books) from March 27th to March 30th
    • #CanadaReads

Special Days in March:

  • Ash Wednesday on March 1st (Wednesday)
    • #AshWednesday, #Lent, #Catholic
  • WE Day Illinois on March 1st (Wednesday) Allstate Arena, Chicago
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • World Book Day on March 2nd (Thursday)
    • #WorldBookDay, #books
  • Dress in Blue Day on March 3rd (Friday) to raise awareness for colon cancer
    • #DressinBlueDay, #coloncancer, #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth, #colorectalcancer
  • Employee Appreciation Day on March 3rd (Friday)
    • #EmployeeAppreciationDay, #thankyou
  • National Day of Unplugging on March 3rd (Friday)
    • #NationalDayofUnplugging, #DigitalSabbath, #unplug
  • Improv Day – Le Jour de l’impro on March 4th (Saturday)
    • #improvday, #improv, #actorslife
  • International Scrapbooking Day on March 4th (Saturday)
    • #scrapbooking, #scrapbook, #crafting, #art, #digital, #paper, #Card
  • World Tennis Day on March 6th (Monday)
    • #WorldTennisDay, #tennis
  • Healing Touch Day, Healing Beyond Borders on March 6th (Monday)
    • #healing, #healingday, #energyhealing, #chakrahealing, #Reiki, #MiracleDay
  • International Women’s Day on March 8th (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalWomensDay, #WomensHistoryMonth, #WHM
  • Girl Scout Day on March 12th (Sunday)
  • Spring Forward (BC, ON) and move clocks 1 hour forward on March 12th (Sunday)
    • #SpringForward, #DaylightSavingsTime, #DaylightSavings, #timechange
  • National Napping Day on March 13th (Monday)
    • #nationalnappingday, #NappingDay, #zzzzzz, #naps, #napping, #naptime, #officequickienap
  • National Children’s Craft Day on March 14th (Tuesday)
    • #nationalchildrenscraftday, #creative, #crafts
  • National Learn About Butterflies Day on March 14th (Tuesday)
    • #NationalLearnAboutButterfliesDay, #pollinators, #LearnAboutButterfliesDay, #Butterfly, #BringBackTheBees
  • National Pi Day (3.14) Celebrate Mathematics on March 14th (Tuesday)
    • #NationalPiDay, #PiDay, #pi, #math, #HappyPiDay
  • WE Day Saskatchewan on March 15th (Wednesday) SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • Lips Appreciation Day on March 16th (Thursday)
    • #LipsAppreciationDay, #LipstickEnvy, #lips
  • Colour Days!!! Green Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on March 17th (Friday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #green
  • Patrick’s Day on March 17th (Friday)
    • #StPatricksDay, #StPaddysDay, #green, #luckoftheirish
  • Goddess of Fertility Day (U.S.) on March 18th (Saturday)
    • #GoddessOfFertilityDay, #goddess, #fertility, #pregnancy, #health, #infertility
  • Earth Hour is from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on March 25th (Saturday)
    • #EarthHour, #ChangeClimateChange, #WWF
  • Spring Equinox on March 20th (Monday)
    • #SpringEquinox, #VernalEquinox, #spring #HappySpring
  • Fragrance Day on March 21st (Tuesday)
    • #FragranceDay, #fragrance, #Parfum, #Perfume, #scent, #fashion, #aromatherapy, #essentialoils
  • Harmony Day (Australia) on March 21st (Tuesday)
    • #HarmonyDay, #everyonebelongs, #diversity, #peace
  • World Poetry Day on March 21st (Tuesday)
    • #WorldPoetryDay, #poetry, #poem, #haiku
  • WE Day UK on 22 March (Wednesday), The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • World Water Day on March 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #WorldWaterDay, #water, #groundwater, #SaveOurPlanet, #drop4drop, #iLoveWater, #SaveWater
  • National Puppy Day (U.S.) on March 23rd (Thursday)
    • #NationalPuppyDay, #puppy, #puppies, #cute
  • World Tuberculosis Day on March 24th (Friday)
    • #WorldTuberculosisDay, WorldTBDay, #StopTB, #tb
  • 3rdAnnual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival 5K Run and 1K Walk on March 25th (Saturday)
    • #blossom17
  • Purple Day – The Global Day of Epilepsy Awareness on March 26th (Sunday)
    • #PurpleDay, #EpilepsyAwarenessDayMarch26th, #epilepsy, #epilepsyawareness
  • National Doctor’s Day (U.S.) on March 30th (Thursday)
    • #NationalDoctorsDay, #DoctorsDay, #Doctors, #ThankYouDoctor, #physicians
  • Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30th (Thursday)
    • #TakeAWalkInTheParkDay, #takeawalk, #walk, #park, #nature
  • Wear a Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research on March 31st (Friday)
    • #WearAHatDay, #hat, #hatday, #hats, #hattastic, #hatselfie, #charity, #FundTheFight, #braintumourresearch, #BrainTumourAwareness, #BrainAwarenessWeek, #brainweek, #neuroscience, #brain

Health & Wellness Awareness Days for February, 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

<img class="size-medium wp-image-186 alignright" src="http://mariakoropecky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Feb-2017-300×188.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="188" srcset="http://mariakoropecky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Feb-2017-300×188 work tracking software.jpg 300w, http://mariakoropecky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Feb-2017.jpg 642w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />Here’s a calendar of Wellness and Health Awareness Days and Weeks for the Month of February, 2017.

Here’s a link to the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to January.

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

February is the Awareness Month For:

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Primrose, Violet
    • #birthflower, #flower, #primrose, #violet, #purple
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Onyx
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Amethyst, #Bloodstone, #Moonstone, #Onyx, #meditation, #healing, #purple
  • Heart Health Month
    • #HearHealthMonth, #hearthealth, #heart, #HealthySnacksHealthyHeart
  • National Cherry Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalCherryMonth, #cherries
  • Psychology Month
    • #PsychologyMonth, #psychology, #mentalhealth, #mentalillness, #therapy, #counselors, #psychotherapy

Special Weeks in February:

  • Winterlude Festival in Ottawa from February 3rd to February 20th
    • #Winterlude, #Ottawa, #MyOttawa, #ottcity, #winter, #RideauCanal, #Gatineau, #canal, #staycation, #SnowflakeKingdom, #skating
  • White Cane Week (for the blind and vision-impaired community) from February 5thto February 11th, 2016
    • #whitecaneweek, #SeniorSafetyTipsoftheDay, #whitecane, #blind, #visuallyimpaired, #accessibility, #smartcane, #lowvision, #visionloss
  • New York Fashion Week from February 9th to February 17th
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #NYC, #style, #model, #runway
  • Victoria Yoga Conference from February 10th to February 12th, Victoria, BC
    • #yogaconference, #yogaliciouslife, #yoga, #feelinggreat, #Victoria, #yyj
  • International Flirting Week from February 12th to February 18th
    • #flirt
  • Love Week from February 13th to February 17th
    • #LoveWeek
  • London Fashion Week from February 17th to February 21st
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #Milan, #Italy, #style, #model, #runway
  • Milan Fashion Week from February 22nd to February 28th
    • #fashionweek, #fashion, #London, #style, #model, #runway
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from February 26th to March 4th
    • #NEDAwareness, #NEDAweek, #eatingdisorders, #Recovery
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from February 14th to February 21st
    • #reproductivehealth, #health, #pregnancy
  • The 9th Annual Tapping World Summit 2017 from February 22nd to March 4th
    • #tapping, #EFT, #WorldSummit

Special Days in February:

  • Winter Walk Day on February 1st (Wednesday)
    • #WinterWalkDay, #WellnessWednesday
  • Groundhog Day on February 2nd (Thursday)
    • #GroundhogHay, #spring, #BillMurray
  • World Play Your Ukulele Day on February 2nd (Thursday)
    • #WorldUkuleleDay, #UkuleleDay, #ukulele, #youtube, #uke, #music, #HarpUkulele
  • Facebook’s Birthday on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #Facebook, #socialmedia, #marketing, #fb
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #gotothelibrary, #readabook, #read, #LibraryGenius, #books, #ChildrenRead, #teachingreading, #Readingactivities, #learntoread, #websiteforkids
  • World Cancer Day on February 4th (Saturday)
    • #WorldCancerDay, #Cancer, #health
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th (Monday)
    • #UnitedNations, #UN, #comfortwomen, #ZeroTolerance, #humanrights
  • Boy Scout Day on February 8th (Wednesday)
    • #BoyScoutDay
  • National Kite Flying Day on February 8th (Wednesday)
    • #KiteFlyingDay, #kiteflying, #kite, #flyakite, #beach, #kitesurfing, #kitesurf, #kiteboarding, #fun, #sun, #sea
  • Inventors’ Day on February 11th (Saturday)
    • #InventorsDay, #SharkTankTuesdays, #SharkTank, #propertyrights, #ProfessorBranestawm
  • Students Run LA’s 22nd Annual Friendship Run on February 12th (Sunday)
    • #studentsrunla, #SRLA, #friendshiprun
  • Family Day in BC on February 13th (Monday)
    • #BCFamilyDay, #familyday, #family
  • Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show on February 13th (Monday)
    • #WKCDogShow, #WestminsterDogShow, #BestinShow, #dogs
  • Valentine’s Day on February 14th (Tuesday)
    • #ValentinesDay, #Valentines, #Valentine, #love
  • National Innovation Day on February 16th (Thursday)
    • #nationalinnovationday, #innovation, #startup, #tech, #technology, #leadership
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th (Friday)
    • #RandomActsOfKindnessDay, #KindnessDay, #kindness
  • Family Day in AB, SK, ON on February 20th (Monday)
    • #familyday, #family
  • Colour Days!!! Pink Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on February 17th (Friday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #pink
  • Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day on February 20th (Monday)
    • #HoodieHooDay
  • Love your Pet Day on February 20th (Monday)
    • #pet, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying movement) on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #PinkShirtDay, #endbullying, #antibullying, #StopBullying, #PinkitForward, #PinkShirtPromise, #kindness
  • Walking the Dog Day on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #WalkingTheDogDay, #dog, #walk, #pet, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #WellnessWednesday
  • World Thinking Day (Girl Scouts and Girl Guides) on February 22nd (Wednesday)
    • #WorldThinkingDay, #GirlScouts
  • WE Day Montreal FR: 23 Février (jeudi), Théâtre St-Denis, Montreal
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • WE Day Montreal EN on February 24th (Friday), Theatre St-Denis, Montreal
    • #WeDay, #YouthSpark, #BeTheChange
  • Oscar Sunday (89th Academy Awards) on February 26th (Sunday)
    • #Oscars, #redcarpet, #AcademyAwards, #Movies
  • Floral Design Day on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #FloralDesignDay, #birthflower, #flower
  • National Science Day on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #NationalScienceDay, #ScienceisGREAT, #science
  • Shrove Tuesday, (also called Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras) on February 28th (Tuesday)
    • #ShroveTuesday, #PancakeDay, #pancakes, #MardiGras, #FatTuesday, #Lent, #PancakeTuesday, #HappyPancakeDay

Intro to my #BeTheChange Almanac of Health & Wellness Awareness Days

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all, ~ Leo C. Rosten (1908-1977)

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Funny how things show up in your lap just as you need them! In this case, I’m referring to the above quote by Leo Rosten.

I didn’t know about this quote at all until my friend Margaret sent it to me as part of her email signature. She wasn’t aware that I was about to write my introduction to my #BeTheChange, Almanac for 2017 and this quote about life purpose fits just perfectly with my intention.

It’s About Life Purpose

I have been thinking about my life purpose for most of my life. When I was 11, I went to a Catholic school and I can remember Sister Catherine talking about her calling to be a nun and describing the difference between having a vocation and avocation. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with figuring out my own calling so I can do what I’m meant to be doing and do what I came here to do.

Over the years, I kept on listening and listening and listening for my calling and as it turns out, my calling is being a Wellness Coach.

I love helping people be proactive about their health. Connecting with people and listening to their life experiences brings me tremendous joy. With coaching, I get to have deep conversations with amazing people about topics that truly matter and often that includes figuring out their life’s purpose.

Even though the topic of life purpose is important to me, I didn’t set out to create a tool to help people discover their life’s purpose. I just started collecting dates that had some connection to my idea of wellness.

But each time I added a Health Awareness Day or special event to my list, I found myself saying, “There’s a day for that???” more than once. Some days are whimsical while others are more serious. Some days are literally a walk in the park while others highlight family life, pets and animals, food products, sporting events, religious holidays, debilitating diseases, occupations, or the environment. There’s a day for everybody!

Then the #BeTheChange Almanac was born!

Soon, it occurred to me that there’s more to this list than meets the eye. Each and everyone of these special days, weeks, and months that I’ll be sharing with you in the coming months in this blog, have HEART. They each speak to a broader need that needs to be filled on our planet. Opportunities to be of service are everywhere!

I thought perhaps this monthly list of Health & Wellness Awareness Days may spark some ideas for my clients and may be helpful for people who are searching for their life’s purpose. In this #BeTheChange Almanac of special days in 2017 blog post series, you’ll find literally hundreds of ways to pitch in, and make a difference, and to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s words,

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Being of service and making a positive difference in the world starts with becoming aware of a need and then taking steps to address it. It’s about being creative and resourceful and using your talents for the greater good. Life purpose is about sharing yourself with the world, giving back, and being of service. In my opinion, that’s what gives life meaning.

So, if you’re looking to discover your life’s purpose, hopefully you’ll find some cause or event or organization or activity in the #BeTheChange Almanac blog posts that strongly resonates with you. If something does jump out at you, see if your particular talents are a match, and consider applying for a job there, volunteering, donating money, or participating in their events.

And if social media is your game, you’re in luck. Each month on this blog, you’ll receive prompters to create your own content for your blogs and status updates. It’s basically an editorial calendar in a box filled with tons of ideas of what you can write about over the course of the year, month by month.

Plus — there’s a BONUS that you won’t find anywhere else — related hashtags for each day are included! You’re welcome!

Please Share on Social Media

I’d really love it if you’d share these special days and the #BeTheChange Almanac monthly blog posts via social media with your friends, family, co-workers, and clients. We can all reach out to the people around us and help each other through the rough patches and celebrate the good times as well.

On another note, if none of these upcoming Awareness Days speak to you, that’s OK, too. In fact, that may be a good sign because it means you might have to start a movement yourself from scratch for somebody out there who hasn’t been heard yet but desperately needs help. So don’t fret.

Talk to a Wellness Coach

I’m also here as a wellness coach if you’d like my help to explore your options. All of these dates started with creative and caring people who identified a need and worked hard to help people and to raise awareness to make these dates official on local, national, and international calendars. They saw a need and did something about it. They became the change and you can do the same.

Please let me know of any special health- and wellness-related days, weeks, or months that you know of by sending me an email to homespunspa@shaw.ca so I can add them to the list visit this page. I sincerely hope these blog posts land in your lap just like the opening quote landed in mine – just when I needed it.

I also hope these future blog posts help you tap into your potential, discover your life’s purpose, enjoy the year 2017 and beyond with gusto, and #BeTheChange!

Happy New Year!

Maria Koropecky, Coach * Healer * Author