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He Loves Me Not…Yet?

The desire to be loved is what Maslow identified as a psychological need. So it makes total sense why I drive myself crazy agonizing over this thing called love. Love, in and of itself, is not a concept that I’m unfamiliar with. I have the love of my family and friends. And let’s not forget about the ultimate expression of love that comes from God. But in spite of all the affection they provide, there’s still something missing. “God is customizing him for you as we speak.” “Be patient, he is just around the corner.” “It’ll happen when you least expect it.” These are the statements I hear all the time when discussing my love life, or lack thereof. I know the intentions are good, but...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Your heart is important.  Very, VERY important.  Just take a minute to think about how NECESSARY your heart is.  Your heart pumps all the blood, delivering oxygen to your body, keeping your mind sharp for you to tackle the day. We put so much emphasis on being healthy, we need to make sure that our muscles are healthy and strong.  So how do we keep our Hearts Healthy?   Eat Healthily  How does our food affect our heart? Your diet plays a role in your risk of coronary heart disease. Food-related risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and a diet high in saturated fats. Therefore, if you are already at risk, it is important to implement a low-saturated fat, high-fiber, high plant food diet as...

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The Hidden Myths About Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

BIPOLAR DISORDER People's moods can change back and forth depending on the situation they are facing in life. Life can be challenging sometimes and that can have an impact on our mood. Usually, positive situations make us happy and negative situations make us sad. For example, if a student gets an “A” in exams, he will be happy and continue to work hard while if a student gets an “F” in exams, he will feel sad and may go through an unhappy mood.  According to medlineplus.gov, Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

As days go by people go through a lot of things in their lives, it could be emotionally or socially. This can happen at home, workplace, social events, or it could be anywhere.  We try to do things to take care of ourselves emotionally, psychologically, or socially. We can manage things sometimes but not all the time. According to medlineplus.gov, Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, related to others, and make choices.  Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. They may come occasionally, or they may be long-lasting. Mental illness can affect a person’s ability to...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION

Sometimes people may feel sad, empty, or hopeless or trouble to sleep. Most people experience this kind of feeling but usually for a little time. Depression symptoms may last for a while. According to medlineplus.gov, depression also called “clinical depression” or a “depressive disorder” is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day for two weeks. Common Types of Depression. There are different types of depression. Some forms are mild and take a longer time to go away. Also due to different personalities, people will go through depression in different ways.   Major depression—having symptoms of depression most...

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How to Help Someone Suffering from Addiction.

Do you know someone who is struggling with addiction?  NIH's National Institute of Mental Health shared this article with tips on how to help a friend with addiction. https://magazine.medlineplus.gov/…/how-to-help-someone-with… To get more tips and resources consider registering for the mental health campaign brought to you by  Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc in partnership with NNLM Middle Atlantic Region and Dauphin Library System. Stay tuned we will be sharing more tips, tricks, and articles every Monday # Minds Matter #Mental health # BlackgirlGirlHealth. "The Black Girl Health Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 geared to creating pathways to engage, empower, and educate women of color on healthy behaviors and disease prevention.”...

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Cheers to a Now Year!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered the words “Come January…” followed by an unrealistic goal. For me, a new year represented my opportunity to start over. I could set new intentions, new declarations, and recreate my expectations moving forward. The New Year became my anecdote to failure. I was so fixated on the “new” and the “next” that I forgot to focus on the “now”. But when I began to reflect on the concept of newness, I realized that it had nothing to do with time and everything to do with my mindset. January is undoubtedly the start of the calendar year, but it is not the sole catalyst for change. A new year is simply another year if your perspective remains the...

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Permission to be a Priority

Being a woman is amazing, but it’s not an easy job! We have the awesome responsibility of caring for and attending to the wellbeing of our families, friends, and our communities. We hold titles such as mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, confidante, helpmate, rib, backbone, caretaker…you name it! We devote a great deal of who we are ensuring that others become who they need to be. We are socialized to do everything, and to be everything to everybody. But what do we do when being a woman becomes too much to handle? Many of us serve as the “glue”. We struggle with doing what’s best for us and doing what’s requested of us. Our capacity to keep giving and to keep going is often superseded by...

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Monday Motivation

Today is Monday and sometimes Mondays can hit us hard. Dreading the work week, school week it is hard to avoid our daily tasks after a relaxing weekend.  Sometimes it is all in our mind.  How we go into the week, the mindset we have is extremely important. Sometimes waking up on Mondays we dread the tasks we have waiting for us following the weekdays ahead.  By waking up and immediately having positive thoughts, being grateful will follow you the rest of the day. It may be difficult but try starting your day by verbally saying what you are grateful for.  It can be something small like being grateful for simply opening your eyes, having the ability to smell and by changing your perspective it will start...

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How to Improve Your Health at Any Age

No matter what age you are, it’s always possible to improve your health a little bit each day. To be successful, it will require patience, discipline, and an optimistic attitude. Here are a few things you can start implementing into your daily routine! Move More Often Regular physical activity lowers your risk of numerous health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Additionally, it can help relieve stress and improve your overall mental well-being. Regardless of what age you are, adding movement to your daily routine is achievable. If you’re not sure where to begin, find workout routines for every age group here. Ditch the Fad Diets The market is saturated with the newest trending diets. Many will claim it’s the best...

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