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5 Ways to Transform PTSD into Post Traumatic Growth

5 Ways to Transform PTSD into Post Traumatic Growth

How veterans can be as productive at home as they were on the battlefield

June is National PTSD Awareness Month and June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. In the wake of 15 consecutive years of war, a great deal of attention has been paid to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and combat-related stress amongst combat veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 11-20 percent of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD.

The majority of efforts to support and assist these remarkable men and women focus on managing and mitigating the symptoms associated with PTSD, using a combination of psychotherapy and medications. However, a growing body of research suggests that there is a different approach that may prove far more effective.

6 Smart Packing Tips for Summer Travel

6 Smart Packing Tips for Summer Travel

Summer is a time when millions of people around the country travel for pleasure purposes. In fact, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that over 650 million long distance summer trips are made between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, with at least 50 miles being considered long distance. They also report that 90 percent of those trips are done by personal vehicle. As people travel, they often pack too much, and could do a lot better job being organized, which will help the trip be more enjoyable.

“People often find it a challenge to pack smart. Instead, they pack way too much, the wrong things, and end up finding the luggage process exhausting,” explains Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry, and is celebrating his 10th year as a Natural Oral Care provider. “The key to enjoying your trip more is to pack smart, which is easy if you know where to start.”

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Present Alice In Wonderland, June 25-26

Metropolitan School of the Arts to Present Alice In Wonderland, June 25-26

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. students will perform Alice in Wonderland, an original musical, on Sat., June 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sun., June 26 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria, Va. Tickets range from $20 to $23 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to purchase.

The show will feature almost 1,000 MSA students in dance, music, and theater and bring to life the incredible adventures of Alice in Wonderland.

Everyone age three or older must have a ticket and a seat (age two and younger are permitted to sit on parent’s lap at no charge, but must not use a seat without purchasing a corresponding ticket). The shows do sell out, so we recommend purchasing tickets early. Tickets are for assigned seats and include free parking in the nearby garage.

Be a Savvy Traveler: Summer Airport Time-Saving Tips

Be a Savvy Traveler: Summer Airport Time-Saving Tips

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there will be around 88 million people taking flights around the country this year. One of the more popular times that people tend to travel is during the summer, when families can plan vacations. With so many flights scheduled, it is easy to get caught up spending more time at the airport than originally planned. The best way to beat spending the extra time there is to plan ahead and be a savvy traveler.

“Airport travel, especially during the summer, can either be a sweaty nightmare or it can be a pleasant experience,” explains expert traveler Margie Floris, president and co-founder of travel wellness company Savvy Travelers. “It all really comes down to how much preparation you do in order to save you time at the airport. The good news is that there is plenty you can do to cut back on airport time and help keep you fresh when traveling spending less time there.”

CO-FOUNDER of BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN to SPEAK ABOUT FIRST SCHOOL in TYSONS CORNER, TUES., JUNE 14

CO-FOUNDER of BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN to  SPEAK ABOUT FIRST SCHOOL in TYSONS CORNER, TUES., JUNE 14

In preparation of the opening of BASIS Independent McLean, (which is Tysons Corner’s first prek-12th grade school), BASIS.ed’s co-founder Michael Block will speak at an information session on Tues., June 14 at the Westin Tysons hotel at 7 p.m., located at 7801 Leesburg Pike in Falls Church, Va. U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings report has listed three BASIS.ed schools in the nation’s top rankings – at second, third and sixth place and two BASIS.ed schools as top STEM Schools at fourth and sixth place. Now that private school model is coming to McLean, Va. To register, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., MAY 8; Kids 10 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH at CARMELLO’s, SUN., MAY 8; Kids 10 Yrs. Old and Younger Eat FREE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a family-style Mother’s Day Brunch on Sun., May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The brunch is $30 per person (not inclusive), while kids 10 years old and younger eat free. The brunch will include a variety of eggs, waffles, paella, salads, meats, seafood, potatoes, pizza, biscuits, breads, fruits, desserts, as well as featured entrees. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s Mother’s Day Brunch menu includes:  an omelet station, waffle station, pizza station, paella pan, Portuguese salad, Bruschetta, cheese and meat platter, risotto fritters, crab fritters, calamari, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, tortellini crema rosa, penne Italiano, chicken marsala, assorted fruit platter, ham, bacon, sausage, croissants, bagels and assorted desserts.

7 Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

7 Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 8th is Mother’s Day, making it the perfect time to find a unique gift for moms everywhere. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 40 million moms in the country. They all have different tastes and interests, but there is a gift that each of them will enjoy. While many people opt for flowers and cards, this is a good year to reach beyond the basics and go for something a little more fun and unique.