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What factors into Healthy (and poor) Mental Health?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! Last week during the World Wide Timeout, I discussed the brief introduction to mental health. We understand that we need to take a step back and make changes to be the better person we are meant to be. But what are we looking for exactly?  This leads us to our next topic of discussion of this mental health series, THE FACTORS! As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go! What are factors to achieving a good quality of Mental Health? As we previously discussed, "Mental Health" includes our...

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From Philanthropy to Launching A Counseling Consulting Service, La’ Tesha Sampson is Setting the Bar For Women in Business

Every Wednesday, we acknowledge another role model in our BGH community, for our partner spotlight article. Today we focus on La'Tesha Sampson, an inspiring black woman whose journey allowed her to venture into different career paths and allowed her to wear multiple hats. La’tesha is a philanthropist, businesswoman, educator, author, counselor, and outreach specialist for multiple organizations that improve the quality of life for others. She brings awareness to global issues such as human trafficking, domestic violence, and racial disparities in the healthcare field, not only in the country she resides in but globally. As a philanthropist, she worked with a host of nations through the Rz the Flags, an outreach organization where she provided partnership, sponsorship, and leadership in numerous nonprofit initiatives globally. La’Tesha...

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What is Mental Health: The foundation to the biggest BLOCK in the Black community!

Hello Sugarfoot! A young, new member to the BGH family hoping to break down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! As we have had time to ourselves this summer (World Wide Timeout I like to say), we can reflect that we all have to make changes to move forward, in all aspects of our lives. We have all been tested, and witnessed massive mental stresses that can sometimes feel overwhelming. I hope, by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds. So, let’s go!   What is Mental Health?   The first step to breaking up the overwhelming force that is Mental Health, is to understand what it is. Understanding the situation tells you what is friendly and what is...

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Psychological Hurdles preventing weight loss + 5 tips to beat them!

Hey sis! I hope that things are going well in your life, and that with it being halfway through the year, you are halfway to your goals. Even if you are not, it is never too late to start. One of the toughest things about making a lifestyle change, when it comes to dieting and weight loss especially, is the psychological part. I mean, just think about it, who doesn’t know that they are supposed to eat vegetables (besides your standard 2 year old of course)? So there has to be something else at play here, and that something else is psychological hurdles. What are Psychological hurdles? Okay, I see you, asking all the right questions. Psychological hurdles are the non physical factors that are stopping you...

5 Mediterranean Recipes, I’m going to try and I think you should too!

Hey Sis!  While I was spending time scouring the internet for new ideas and topics to write about during the pandemic, I found something interesting. Since we are at home, this not the perfect time to spice up your dinner and try something new? I knew you would agree, so today I have listed 5 Keto-Friendly Mediterranean recipes that I tried this month, and I think you should too. Mediterranean food? Yes, Mediterranean food is the cuisine style of people from countries along the Mediterranean. Places like Greece, Turkey, Israel and Morocco are just a couple on the long list. Their diet consists of a lot of healthy fats, lean protein, and fresh fruits and veggies making it easy include for those of us on the keto...

Time to Morph with Lauren Keir Wellness

Our BGH Partner spotlight is shining bright on Dr. Lauren Keir Simmons, EdD. Dr. Simmons is a New Orleans native who moved to DC at age 19 to attend Howard University. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Growth and Development, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and an EdD in Child, Youth & Adolescence from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Lauren is no stranger to academic or professional success and is constantly excelling in all endeavors. So a certain level of stress is expected when you have that kind of drive. But when her physical health started to change, she knew something wasn’t quite right. Dr. Simmons started experiencing severe migraines, blood pressure spikes, and unexplained and uncontrolled weight gain. Lifestyle changes and working with her health...

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How To Be Your Own Financial Support System and Practice Self-Care During A Crisis

The crisis of COVID-19 has taught everyone how to be more self-sufficient because people are isolated from others and in many ways have had to become their own support systems. It’s important to be reflective of this unprecedented time to take these experiences and turn them into learning moments. Finances are a major cause of stress for Americans; with women, single parents, and those living in lower-income households reporting higher levels of stress due to money. Take time during self-isolation to learn to be your own financial support system and take control of your finances. Map out your financial goals: Take some extra free time to map out your financial goals for the near future. Everyone’s situation is unique but here are some common financial strains that...

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From Fighting Emotional Trauma to Healing and Becoming A Relationship Expert – Meet Montrella Cowan, MSW, LICSW

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Montrella Cowan, MSW, LICSW who is the founding CEO of Affinity Health Affairs and International bestselling author is a personal trauma and relationship expert. She has spent her career helping men and women heal from personal trauma as a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and Life Coach. Montrella decided to start her business because of the dire need in our society for Black, culturally-competent mental health professionals who are psychotherapists. Right now more approximately 87% of psychotherapists are Caucasian - leaving all other practitioners of color to make up only 13%. There are also fewer Black therapists. At Affinity Health Affairs, in her practice, she offers a holistic and practical approach, where she gives her clients tips and tools that can...

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How to Better Yourself During Self-Isolation

Another month of quarantine can be worrisome for many, especially if you’re not taking care of yourself during it. It can be easy to forget about your mental and physical health when it seems like everyone is struggling with their new normal. However, spending hours quarantined by yourself or even with others can have an effect on your well-being, which is why you should use this time to better yourself and your life during self-isolation.  If you’re not sure how to improve, not just your day-to-day but yourself then follow these 5 tips.  Pay Attention to Your Health Even if you’re not feeling any symptoms that have you worried, you should always take care of your health. Taking care of your bodies throughout quarantine will only provide you...

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Sweatbands and Waist-trainers: are they worth the hype?

With the weather slowly beginning to break, people are beginning to try and work on their “summer body” and with all of the social distancing and gyms being closed is adding an abdominal sweatband the extra push you need to reach your fitness goals? If you are on social media, I’m sure you have seen these many ads of companies marketing their waist trainer sweatband that will instantly take inches of your waist, flattening your stomach to give you the perfect hourglass figure.  Any product claiming to do such a thing without adequate exercise and even diet modifications is a scam. Basic waist trainers can be extremely dangerous as they have the potential to shift organs and cause damage to your ribs.  If you do want to...

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