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3 Books by Black Women to Read

As lockdowns and restrictions continue a lot of us have much more time to do explore hobbies and activities such as reading, in honor of Black History month we at Black Girl Health have decided to highlight three books by Black Women that we cant wait to read. Whether you're in a virtual bookclub, reading alone, or with family; here is some new books to add to your must reads.   1. Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson Two days prior to the departure of  Cicely Tyson, she left us with her memoir Just As I Am.  This memoir is an in-depth glimpse of the early life and journey to stardom. Just As I am is heartfelt and inspirational tale of growth and self love and discovery.   2....

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4 Mental Health Apps for College Students

To continue with the theme of mental health resources, we at Black Girl Health have compiled some therapy alternatives for college students and or anyone that desires to take control of their mental health.  These four apps are great free and low-cost options for those who aren't ready to take the leap towards therapy yet. 1.Well Track  Well Track is an app that was created Purdue University’s Counseling and Psychological service. In 2018 Well Track was launched. The web-based service help address student’s wellness and mental health needs. 2.Happify Happify is an app that activities and games to help relax the user, according to Happify “A few simple activities completed on a weekly basis will relax the user and measure his or her happiness.” Happify reports that more than 80%...

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Mental Health Resources for College Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on many, physically, mentally, and emotionally. One demographic that has been left out of the conversation is college students. Many college students have been subjected to online classes and very few resources to ease finical burden, which has left many college students confused and depressed. College alone is already stressful enough, so to ease the burden for students who’ve had a difficult semester, we at Black Girl Health have compiled some free and low-cost resources specifically for students.   1. Check with your University’s resources for Counseling and Mental Health While a majority of campus buildings are shut down, mental health centers and student counseling are available to students both virtually and in person. Call or stop by your student services offices to...

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Control Stress Related Hair Loss

Can stress be related to hair loss?  Yes. According to Medline Plus. Maintaining stress levels is the first step to controlling stress-related hair loss. There are three types of hair loss that can be associated to high stress levels. Telogen effluvium: In telogen effluvium, significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair. Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, tension, loneliness, boredom or frustration. Alopecia areata:  A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With...

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Managing Stress During The Pandemic

It's been nearly a year since the pandemic began and our lives changed, a-lot of us have faced new challenges that we thought would happen in our wildest dreams, who would've thought something as simple as a trip to the grocery store would now become an anxiety filling experience?  As we adjust to "The new normal" it's critical for us to manage our stress levels to allow us to have a chance to decrease our fight or flight response. Living on fight or flight mode increases your chance of getting ill. Living on fight or flight weakens your immune system, which can cause anxiety, sleeping problems, fatigue, and hormonal imbalance. Because preventing stress is nearly impossible, managing stress is key.   So here are some tips for...

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3 Self-Help Books That Every Black Woman Should Read.

Self-Help books are often used to motivate and inspire it's readers to be the best version of themselves. Self-Help books and the self care movement and the has often been described as a  trend that millennials have popularized. Due to the overwhelming result of being home due to COVID 19, many of us felt like this was the time to rediscover ourselves and become a better motivate and become version of yourself. We here at Black Girl Health compiled a list of 3 Self-Help books you should add to your must read list.   1. More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are by Elaine Welteroth More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth is part memoir and part manifesto, Elaine Welteroth is an  journalist, editor and New York Times best-selling author. More Than Enough touches on...

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Self Love Through Love Languages

Love Languages are used to describe how we as individuals desire to be loved and how to give love. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman describes the concepts of love languages. Chapman’s concept of love is broken down into five categories: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Knowing your love language can not only help you feel more loved in your relationship but it is also the first step to self love. Find your love language here.   1. Words of Affirmation: Vocalize Self Love Practice daily affirmations. Journaling your progress. Try speaking only positively when referring to yourself. 2. Acts of Service: Practice Self-Love Prepare your favorite meal. Groom yourself, try a new hairstyle! Get your To-Do list done. 3. Receiving...

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Three Healing Black Poets You Need to Read

Poetry is a genre of writing in which vivid, and raw language is given to ideas and feelings. Poetry is considered an healing form of writing, in several African and Eastern cultures poetry, and storytelling is used to confront feelings and express emotion. Poetry can be used to heal and face anxiety and trauma, during these uncertain times, we as a community need to heal more than ever so we at Black Girl Health Foundation have compiled three black female poets who can assist in the process of healing, self love, and growth. Nayyirah Waheed Nayyirah Waheed is a poet and author who has published two books of poetry and has been considered “the most famous poet on instagram” What’s poetry has been described as life saving,...

Low Cost Mental Health Services

In light of recent events and the current state of the world from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter rallies, prioritizing mental health has become a very important topic for many, especially for communities of color. Therapy in African-American and communities of color are often seen as taboo, due to lack resources, funding, and discrimination in the health care system. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 30% of African-Americans with mental illness were treated compared to the national average of 43% of Americans. As an organization, Black Girl Health strives to be your number one resource for your physical and mental health. As a result of our current climate organizations are offering low cost and or free mental health resources for communities of...