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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 Our capacity to keep giving and to keep going is often superseded by...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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Working Remotely: A Guide To Your Health

Working remotely is a desired perk that Millennials and Gen-Z look for when on the hunt for a job. Luckily, employers aren’t disappointing! Because of the staggering benefits of working remotely, 50% of the US population spend part of their week working outside of their office. However, adjusting to a work-from-home schedule can be difficult and it’s important to maintain your health to keep your productivity and happiness high.  Have an “office” Having a dedicated space to get your work done is extremely important for productivity and your health. Don’t allow yourself to sit in your pajamas and work in your bed all day because it can hinder productivity, ruin your sleep, and ultimately isn’t the right environment to get work done.  Even if you live in a...

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Christie Champaign: “My Mission is to Connect As Many of You As I Can to Someone that Can Help.”

This week’s Black Girl Health Partner Spotlight goes to Ms. Christie Champaign. Back in 2008, Christie was dealing with unexplained health issues that were impacting her quality of life. She was the classic case of “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and decided that it was time to reclaim her health and wellbeing. Through her journey of healing her body naturally, she created Your Health Connect. This movement is all about connecting people with the resources they need to live their best lives. If you are looking for better health, and don’t know where to turn, it’s time to connect with Your Health Connect. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIk8CRo5WW4&feature=youtu.be[/embed] "One day, I got out of bed to get ready for work and I looked in the mirror...

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What Fitness Type Best for Your Body Type?

When trying to lose weight or build muscle, it is important to know what type of body you have and work best with it.  The three main body types are: Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells   As an ectomorph, this means that your body does well with processing carbohydrates for your body to use as energy for fuel. In addition, with this body type, you will have a metabolism on the faster side making it easy for you to burn off fat.  As an ectomorph, you might struggle with gaining weight because you lose weight so easily so be sure...

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Your Top Essential Oils You Need this Fall

As fall approaches, we want our homes to smell good to create a warm comforting environment.  But what exactly are they and what do they do? According to heathline.com, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants.  They are created through the process of distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.  Essentials are mostly used through the use of aromatherapy, but can also be used inhalation, or by diluting the oil then rubbing the oil on the skin. When the oils are inhaled, the fragrance of the essential oils can stimulate parts of your limbic system which is the system of your body involved with motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Because the limbic system has been linked to the formation of long-term...

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Black Girl Health Highlights: Sherrell Moore-Tucker, MindBody Faith

For this highlight, we will be spotlighting our partner Sherrell Moore-Tucker, who is the Managing Partner for SAGE holistic center and the Founder of MindBody Faith, which is a mindful management and consulting company.  She is also a speaker, author, yoga, and meditation teacher. In addition to her already long list of qualifications, she is a trauma-informed wellness educator who specializes in leadership and holistic stress management. Since 2010, she has been educating communities and businesses about various forms of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques for addressing stress, social and health-related trauma, as a form of self-care. As an iRest® Level 1 Meditation Teacher, Moore-Tucker specializes and studies include Somatic movement, Holy Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow-style yoga, Yin yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga for...

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Atomic Habits | BGH Bookclub Review

Hey sis! I hope all is well for you this year, and that all the books we have been reading are helping you towards accomplishing your goals and dreams. Today we are reviewing Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results. I would like to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It started off a little slow but once he got into the meat of the book it was so much more interesting. Key takeaways The key takeaways from the book for me were the laws of breaking and creating habits. To create a habit: The 1st Law (Cue): Make it obvious. The 2nd Law (Craving): Make it attractive. The 3rd Law (Response): Make it easy. The 4th Law (Reward): Make it satisfying. And to break a habit: Inversion of the 1st...