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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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Limit Financial Stress in 2020

According to a study shared on Inc., financial stress can directly relate to your health. Two of the most common effects of financial stress are depression and anxiety—which can seriously disrupt your mental health. While some amount of stress can be good for you, constant stress is definitely not. Okay, so you know financial stress is not fun. It might keep you up late at night or lead to another common cold. But there are ways to manage and eliminate financial stress without feeling overwhelmed. Consider these tips to limit your financial stressors and improve your mental health in the new year.   Create A Budget One of the first things that you should do when trying to alleviate financial stress is to create a budget. This task...

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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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