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Quieting the Chatter

If you’re familiar with Self Talk, you probably read or heard me or others refer to it as our thoughts, inner dialogue, or Board of Directors.  

Our Self Talk can get quite loud at times, especially during times of transition and stress. Our Self Talk is then moving at turbo speed.  So how can we calm down our thoughts when we lead such active, full lives? How can we decrease the overload and stress? How do we quiet down the chatter?

Since having thoughts or inner conversations is part of being human, and because our lives are so busy, here are some ways to help you quiet the mind:

Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

McLean, VA – August 31, 2011 - Are you one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from migraine each year? If you are, or if you know someone who suffers from migraines, then you understand how debilitating they can be. A migraine is much more than just a bad headache. The severity of migraine symptoms can make it impossible to function, and the symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. What can you do to prevent a migraine headache?  Dr. Gary Kaplan, a physician from McLean, VA, who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, emphasizes, “You don’t have to just suffer through a migraine headache. There are concrete steps that can help you avoid getting a migraine, or at least to lessen frequency and severity of your migraines.”

2011 Fill-the-Boot Kicks Off For Muscular Dystrophy

From Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services:


Labor Day signifies the end of summer vacation for school children and once again Loudoun County firefighters will be busy filling their boots for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  Firefighters across the nation position at intersections to collect money to benefit the MDA and “Jerry’s Kids.”  The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 3756 are determined to help.  During the week of August 23 -28, donations will be collected at various intersections across Loudoun County.

Tickets on Sale Now for Charity Hockey Classic

Tickets on Sale Now for Charity Hockey Classic

From Lane Errington:


ARLINGTON, VA – Inova Blood Donor Services will once again ask the local community to “give blood, play hockey” as they host the third annual Charity Hockey Classic, to be contested between the Virginia Coaching Cardinals and Booz Allen Minutemen on Saturday, September 10, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.


Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

County Program Provides Relief for Hot Weather Days

County Program Provides Relief for Hot Weather Days

From the County of Loudoun:

The Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging, Virginia Department for the Aging, and Dominion Virginia Power are offering a program to provide fans to eligible individuals age 60 and older. The program runs through September 30, 2011. For more information and income eligibility guidelines, please call 703-777-0257.

Tips for staying cool in excessive heat are online at www.loudoun.gov/heat.