When I was little, I knew we were different. Not only because of my parents and their thick accents but because of the lines they drew around us and the other children in the neighborhood. I remember my mother saying, “You are not to go and play with those kids! They are not like us!” Even now, 30 years later, it rings out like an echo. A black mom boomerang.
Gratitude boosts your happiness and that’s great for your health. Science shows that improving your happiness also improves other areas of wellness in your life. I’ve found that gratitude has been an easy, but super effective way for me to live in the present while constantly tapping into feelings of love and happiness.
I always say my first son birthed a Mother, but my second son birthed an Advocate. A woman who wants fellow millennial mothers to thrive in their role as divine co-Creator, even if she’s come face to face with death in the process. I’ve been talking about birth trauma for two years now- supporting women in getting comfortable with acknowledging and giving voice to the undiscussed pain behind their birthing experiences
This year boundaries has been a hot topic! Have you gotten comfortable with setting those boundaries to live a life that respects your needs? If not, it’s time to get comfortable. Make a list of the things or people you need to set boundaries with. It may be putting yourself in check or letting friends and family members know where your priorities lye. Check out this episode ‘The Gift of Boundaries’
We took some time to chat with two featured women on the Wellspring talent lineup, who effortlessly represent what it means to be black + well. Nicole Cardoza, founder + executive director ofYoga Foster , and Ebony Smith, founder ofYoga N’ Da Hood.
You see although the most popular view is that emotional eating is due to a lack of control or weakness, it’s really much deeper. Certain situations can trigger you if you’re unconscious of them or choose not to respond to them. Most of us are generally unconscious of these signs and only become conscious of them when taking time to be present and aware of your own personal habits.
They say it takes between 21-28 days to create a habit which may sound like a long time to some people, but it’s actually very short! I’m sure we all have things that we wish we didn’t do, but we just need a little help on how to overcome it. Here are 3 tips to overcome bad habits to get you on a path to a better life.
Therapy has such a negative connotation and in the black community, it might as well be a sin to speak on therapy. When in reality we have been conditioned to believe that we are always supposed to be okay and to keep it to ourselves. I believe the biggest problem of all is a lack of knowledge. Mental health isn’t being sick or being mentally ill, but it is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.
"We need to educate ourselves, as black men, women, parents, and friends on the benefits of eating well for our bodies," Yoba says. Understanding the intricacy of our interiors and how eating what grows from the earth is beneficial for balance, having clear thoughts and having clean energy is also paramount. Wellness does not stop at going to the gym, it's making those lifestyle changes to live more holistically and being more in tune with your body and the way it should function.
A little stress here and there doesn’t make or break us. In fact, it is within those challenges that we develop new skills and grow. However, relentless, constant stress can be the culprit for both physical and psychological symptoms such as migraines, weight gain/loss, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
For the past three years, I’ve struggled with anxiety and ADHD in which both of those labels, I became very dependent on medication. I was more so dependent on the medicine for ADHD than the anxiety because my inability to focus and sit longer than a couple of minutes was a daily struggle. So much so, it became a problem in my work as well as school. I became increasingly unorganized and frazzled.
REFLECT ON YOUR SELF WORTH! Take a step back from the consuming stresses of Instagram stories and Facebook timelines to realize your own worth. It’s common to unintentionally devour your time in stalking the lives of others with their permission.
Many of us know about depression but some people experience worsening symptoms over the winter. With the season lasting an average of four months, maybe more, we could all use some help keeping our mental health in order. What’s going on? How do we make it stop?
For 2018, my word is manifestation. It seems almost on a universal level that people are coming into themselves. We are looking back on the past, learning from our experiences, and cultivating lives of purpose. We are manifesting. These seven lessons reflect what last year taught me and serve to shape a lifestyle I believe we all desire.
Right now, the flu is spreading like wildfire and I doubt anyone has time to be sick for weeks at a time nor does anyone want to. So, I have compiled a list of the best spices and herbs that will help you fight against the flu and improve your overall health and immunity for long term stability: