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What is Mental Illness? (Part Two)

That’s right! I had to come back and talk to you guys about mental illness a little bit more. There are so many preconceived notions that people have about mental illness and I think it’s time we debunk some mental illness myths! Myth #1: Having a Mental Illness Means You’re Weak Fact: This could not be more false. Mental illnesses are the results of the equation of biological, social and psychological variables. It is very likely to succumb to mental illness and not have done anything to cause it. Having a mental illness DOES NOT mean that you’re weak! Myth #2: A Pill is Always the Cure Fact: In some cases a health professional will prescribe a medication to aid a specific patient with their mental illness, however a...

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

It’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week! So what does that mean for you? If you’re a parent, older sibling or aunt you should be concerned about the mental health of the children in your life. Once a child develops a mental illness, adults can often adopt their perception of the child’s mental illness as their normal behavior. This makes it difficult to recognize when the child has a serious problem. A few signs of a possible issue of mental illness in children include: Changes in Appetite or Sleep PatternsSelf Destructive or Self Harming BehaviorsWithdrawal or Fear of Things He or She Were Not Afraid of or Enjoyed Before It is extremely important to pay close attention to the children in your life. They don’t always recognize the...

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What is Mental Illness? (Part One)

What comes to mind when someone mentions mental illness? What do you instantly think of? Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. Mental illness has a lot of different faces to it. It does not only affect adults but people of all ages. Many people believe that mental illness can not affect them but in actuality it can affect any of us. It is so important to really listen to your body and your mind. A few examples of mental illness are: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a condition that makes it makes it difficult for people to pay attention and/or control their...

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It’s Time for You to Take a Time Out!

When is the last time you were put in a time out? When you were 4? It’s been way too long! You don’t need to go sit in a corner facing the wall but you do need some time to yourself. Some self care ideas are: Take a Nap: Sleep is so important and when you need a time out, a good old fashioned nap comes in handy. It gives that much needed break but also leaves you feeling refreshed. Treat Yourself: This is the perfect opportunity for you to treat yourself with something always put off or do without. This might be a relaxing pedicure or a miniature shopping spree. Let Nature Have Its Way: Sometimes a simple walk outside can be one of the most relaxing...

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Is Exercise During Pregnancy Okay?

Those of you lovely ladies who are expecting the arrival of a little bundle of joy, this one's for you! You’re here because you want to be healthy and live a healthier lifestyle so what changes now that you’re pregnant? For the longest time we’ve been preaching exercise and a healthy diet but can you do that with a bun in the oven? Yes. Exercise during your pregnancy is generally safe and very often recommended, unless told otherwise by one’s health professional concerning complications. Exercising during a pregnancy is not for weight loss at that particular moment, but rather to remain healthy and for possible weight loss post-pregnancy. Some benefits to exercising during a pregnancy include an increase in energy and an improved mood. As with...

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Natural Hair Youtubers!

Finally! It is time to talk about Natural Hair Youtubers! There are an abundance of natural hair youtubers out there just waiting for us to click and subscribe! Let’s look at a few. Naptural85: Whitney White, also known as Naptural85, has been gracing our youtube timeline for years. Her beautiful 4A and 4B coils remind us that we too can achieve beautiful and healthy natural hair. She’s taken us on her natural hair journey and shown us the importance of hair health. Amber Ansah: Amber Ansah took us on her journey from a short cute and curly little afro to long flowing and healthy hair. She shows her viewers the best products for her 3C and 4A hair to help her audience reach similar or better results...

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Calcium Substitutes for Milk!

Growing up, everyone always tells you to drink your milk to grow big and strong. Milk is the source many people equate calcium with, but what if milk is just not for you? Milk isn’t for everyone, whether it be a dislike or an inability to consume it, milk does provide nutrients that we need, but it is not our only way to get them. Calcium is an essential nutrient we need for bone health. Here are a few calcium substitutes for milk: Oranges! Who doesn’t love a good orange? Oranges are filled with vitamin C and calcium all packed in a juicy ball sized fruit. Dark Leafy Greens! Get you some greens girl! When it comes to calcium people often think of spinach as their...

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

It is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! What does this mean for you? A lot! You might not have oral cancer but that doesn’t mean it is any less important. Oral Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness for the importance of performing self exams. There are some dental associations that provide free oral cancer screenings and also provide education and treatments for those who need it. According to MouthHealthy.org, there are over 51,500 people who are diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils and tongue each year. This number is alarming. Again, the absence of oral cancer now, is not the impossibility of it’s arrival later. Do all that you can to learn about your body and that includes performing self exams and seeing a doctor...

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3 Ways to Fight Fatigue!

Fatigue is a lack of energy, exhaustion, and lethargy. One can experience physical, mental or both forms of fatigue. There are ways that some people fight fatigue and here are three of them: Exercise! Sometimes exercise can be difficult to start developing a habit in but it is worth it. When dealing with fatigue sometimes just getting up and moving helps tremendously. This sis not to say that you need to go buy a gym membership and workout five days a week or do two workouts a day. You could go ride your bike, take a walk in the park, go dancing, or even do some relaxing yoga. Getting your body in movement can help give you that boost of energy you need. Drink More Water! You...

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Exercise Myths for Women!

Myths are a tricky thing. One person can say it and overtime people believe them to be fact. Myths have made their way into health and exercise so it’s time we debunk a few of them. Myths: All Cardio Is The Best Way To Go: Cardio is great, but it is not the only exercise we need. Putting in more time doing cardio helps you burn more calories and create a calorie deficit, however, you need to build lean muscle as well. Strictly cardio is not the way to go but cardio and strength training is.Strength Training Will Make Me Look Like A Man: Sweetie, no. Women don’t have as much testosterone as men which makes it pretty difficult for women to bulk up. Strength training, although...

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