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This blog focuses on mental health and black mental health. The blog also discusses the relationship between mental health and spirituality.

Black Mental Health, Mental Health

5 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

November 14, 2019
Laughing Black Woman

To improve your mental health, you must first recognize that mental health is not separate from other areas of health. As the Bible, James Allen, therapy, and countless others have taught us, we are what we think.

 

Beliefs feed habits

Your beliefs, values, thoughts, and emotions are manifested in the way you behave, the practices and activities that you engage in, and the discipline and responsibility you either choose to or choose not to uphold.

If you want to improve your life and your health, then consider your consumption. Consider the things that you put into your body physically, consider the content that you listen to, and consider the people that you surround yourself with.

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Mental Health

Seasonal Affective Disorder

November 2, 2019
Picture of a pumpkin

Photo credit: Cayla1/Unsplash

 

I’ve heard many clients ask if seasonal affective disorder is a thing. So, to answer that question, I am writing this post.

Seasonal affective disorder is a mental disorder that affects many people.

Disclosure: Personally, I have been affected by this disorder. I experienced postpartum depression after the birth of my oldest daughter. She was born in October and the winter for me was brutal. I had so much fear of the early nights because my depressive symptoms worsened throughout the winter months. I eventually joined a group and attended group therapy to help me through the transition.

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Morning Routine – Part 2

October 10, 2019
white mug with black coffee saying begin

Photo credit: Danielle MacInnes /Unsplash

Disclaimer:

This is the second of 2 blog posts on morning routines!

If you haven’t read the first one, please click here! Last week’s post provided an in depth look at morning routines and the value they provide.

 

Benefits of a morning routine

So, following on the heels of last week’s post read it right here on the definition, usefulness, and the importance of a morning routine, let’s get into the benefits of a morning routine.

  • Discipline – Though we may view the word ‘discipline’ in a bad way. We all need discipline through structure, strategy, and planning. Many of us do not plan, strategize, or organize our lives. This leaves us coasting and existing for days, which turn into weeks, then months, and eventually years.

This type of living has left many people filled with regret, disappointment, discontentment, scarcity, and eventually wishing for a do over.

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Morning Routine – Part 1

October 3, 2019
desk with a cup of coffee and papers

Photo credit: Carolina Bonito/Unsplash

Disclaimer:
Before we get started with this post, this topic will be discussed across two back-to-back post because of the importance of this topic.

 

Do you have a morning routine?

Do you have a morning routine? Or do you roll out of bed, rush to get dressed, and race out the front door?

Or are you a night owl? Even being a night owl can give you space to prepare for the next day.

A morning routine, as the name suggests, is a routine or habit that you practice every morning upon waking.

But let’s face it, everyone is not a morning person (I am, but my husband isn’t). This habit/routine can be done the night before. The goal is to build a routine that fits your lifestyle, schedule, and personality.

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Featured Category, Mental Health

Do You Have Self-Awareness?

September 12, 2019
Black woman leaning against a street mural

Do you think you have self-awareness?

Developing self-awareness should be an important skill in our lives. The simple fact is you cannot change what you don’t know about.  If we have no self-awareness, we have no control over ourselves; we have no control over our thoughts, behaviors, habits, relationships. In essence, we have no control over our lives.

 

What is self-awareness?

Self-awareness is a skill that allows us to monitor ourselves, and in turn, monitor our lives.

Self-awareness allows us to explore and learn about who we are, what we care about. This skill helps us to learn about what makes us, us. Self-awareness helps us to identify the thoughts we have, and over time, it helps us identify our thought patterns.

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