Posts in WELLNESS
Mental Health Awareness Month

As you may or may not now, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental illnesses are common in the United States. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017), according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Young adults aged 18-25 years had the highest prevalence of AMI (25.8%) compared to adults aged 26-49 years (22.2%) and aged 50 and older (13.8%).

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5 Fitness Myths Busted

Fitness was a way of life back then – it was a way of survival. Think about it, they hunted, worked in gardens to grow produce and walked for miles at a time. Sheesh, I’m busting a sweat just thinking about it. They did not have strucitness was a way of life back then – it was a way of survival. Think about it, they hunted, worked in gardens to grow produce and walked for miles at a time. Sheesh, I’m busting a sweat just thinking about it. They did not have structured fitness routines let alone things like sweat bands and fancy workout gear. The equation is simple, they ate clean and moved throughout the day which resulted in a strong + lean physique.

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IN TIMES LIKE THIS

Chile, I tell ya, life for me ain’t been no crystal stair!  Whoever’s mama, granny, or auntie  Langston Hughes channeled when he wrote that poem…!  I wanna get in a time machine and give mother a hug and lay at her feet and glean from her strength!  When I tell you life has been handing my behind to me these past few months in THEE most disrespectful way!  It is an Acts inspired miracle that I manage to get out the bed everyday.

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PROTECTING YOUR PEACE

Life has its ways of just shaking you up and it’s not always pleasant. I know that in my life, I have had my own experience with depression dating back as far as elementary school. Of course, I didn’t know it was depression back then but I know now how serious it was. However, I am grateful that I was offered different avenues to keep my mental and emotional health intact. Some of these opportunities or ideas were not intentional but they still helped. So here are my 7 ways to help protect your peace.

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YOUNG, BLACK & DEPRESSED

There’s a stigma that surrounds mental health in the Black community. We rarely speak of it and when we do its often in hushed whispers. We’re told to pray or suck it up or get over it. But no one ever tells their grandma to pray away her breast caner and not go see a doctor. No one tells their granddaddy to suck up his diabetes. No one yells for their mama to get over her sickle cell. So why in the hell am I expected to magically erase my depression? Yeah sis, we need to talk about it. It actually is that deep.

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