Does talking about your period or periods, in general, make you uncomfortable? Or can you tell it makes others uncomfortable, so you avoid the subject? It used to make me uncomfortable. I even found myself slightly embarrassed when I’d have to purchase pads or tampons at the store. Oh no, people will know I’m on my period…. how embarrassing… right? NO!
De-cluttering, organizing and etc… We are doing whatever it takes to simplify our lives!
With veganism gaining more steam, does the new dietary choice give us energy?
Regardless of where you are now on learning to press pause, it is not too late. You can start today. I urge you to start right now. Being a mother, especially a single mother, requires that we keep all the wheels spinning, all the parts moving as smooth as possible. At times, we forget to consider the most intricate part of the system: Ourselves. If we break down, the entire system we have worked so hard to build will come to a screeching halt. Don’t assume that you can serve those around you from an empty platter. Stop and take the time to fill your own mental, emotional, and physical tray. With that being said, what are you going to do to refill you.
The past few months had been so chaotic that I had to recollect myself and my thoughts. At that moment, I focused more energy on our mental health. It hit me like a ton of bricks. This was one of the most dramatic changes of my kids’ lives. How did they feel about these changes? I sat them down the same night to ask questions about what they were feeling. They had formed thoughts on how long COVID would last. How it started and spread to where we live and what we should do to keep from spreading it further. This was an amazing conversation and a turning point on how we mentally viewed our “new normal.”
With social media, people often use it to stay connected to their family and friends whom they don’t see every day. Social media has helped many people find jobs and to be seen by people all over the world. What about the side of social media that doesn’t get talked about often, such as the people who are battling depression? What about the people who feel as though they have failed in life because they can’t compete with the lives they think people are living online? Social media also has its dark side with cyber-bullying, social comparison, and everyday trauma captured on video.
When was the last time you checked in on your black mental health? Yesterday, or maybe last week? That’s good! You will find tools here to help you continue and reinforce your mental health routine. Has it been years or never? If so, I need you to check in on your mental health, my friend, and I’m going to give you three tools to help you do so.
If we can use our similarities to establish rapport, it may help to create a sense of safety that will encourage others to share the rest of their experiences with us. Building these relations can help us gain an even better understanding of others and how we can help them. This is important because we have many opportunities to help each other in our everyday lives.
When the difference between reality and our expectations catches up with us, it reveals the damage our attempts to be superhuman have caused. It uncovers how prioritizing strength is corrosive to our mental health, physical health, and emotional well-being. It exacts an incalculable cost. The world, including you dear reader, needs to be conscious that these stereotypes are oppressive to Black women. We need to have the freedom to tell our own narratives and the infinite space to do so. We need the room to discover, accept, and love what we are in our entirety and not feel beholden to how the world defines us. The “Black Woman” stereotypes deny us the privilege of being hurt, scared, sad, and justifiably angry. As we move forward in the struggle to be heard and understood on this subject, our vulnerability will serve us best, not our strength.
There is hardly a news segment or headline that isn’t talking about the Covid vaccines these days. The consensus is that the vaccines were developed way too quickly and are being distributed at a pace that doesn’t allow us to use reason and act cautiously. If you have mixed emotions, feel anxiety or complete distrust […]
Vitiligo is a skin condition that affects nearly one in every hundred people to varying degrees. Those with this autoimmune disorder experience an overly uneven skin tone, with white patches appearing on different parts of the body. Health Insight notes that, “Autoimmune disorders occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of an individual’s own […]
There’s a new name added to the list of celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19. The comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish, took part in a video call with Dr. Anthony Fauci after her diagnosis. Fauci, now globally known as the director of America’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In her interview, she […]
The news is out and melanated makeup enthusiasts are elated! The global beauty brand Black Opal was bought this week by Cheryl Mayberry McKissack and Desiree Rogers, making it officially a Black-owned beauty brand. Some may be surprised to know that this longstanding and very notable name in cosmetics was not always African American owned. Founded […]
We all know we need to drink way more water than we do, but with all of our responsibilities, we easily let the hours go by without drinking enough. Being social often includes alcohol which dehydrates. What we need to remember is that being serious about your water consumption means you’re serious about your skin, […]