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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...

Thank you, Next! | My Emotional Wellness Journey| Mental health

For any of you ladies that have ever been through a breakup, you know how devastating it can be emotionally and even physically. It’s common for people to manifest physical pain because they are hurting so bad emotionally. I’ve been there myself, and I experienced physical pain in my chest so bad it felt as if my heart was actually breaking. Going through a breakup can teach you a lot, and you should get more out of it than “That guy was just a POS!”. Learning the fault you played in the relationship can give you hope for future relationships and give you a sense of closure from this relationship as well, especially if your ex won’t. Now i’m not saying you should paint yourself...

My Struggle with Superwoman Syndrome| Mental Health and Wellness

Hey there sis! I hope your 2019 is going well so far. We are all out here striving for our new year's resolutions, and pushing ourselves to achieve more than we did in the previous year. While pushing yourself is important to interpersonal growth, excessively doing so can be detrimental to your mental health, and sometimes even physical. We know that black women are actually less often diagnosed with common mental disorders like depression, but something called Superwoman Syndrome, is affecting us in a big way. Its something thats so ingrained in us that we don’t even realize it’s a disorder, and how its affecting our lives. Well today I’m here to spill the tea on superwoman syndrome and my struggles with it. What is superwoman...

Are you Emotionally Intelligent?| Mental Health

Have you ever met someone who who was emotionally unstable? Have you ever been that person? Lets face it, we are human and no human should ever be expected to hold it together at all times. There are times in life where you need to get your emotions out, maybe you’re under pressure in your career, or your school life and you feel like you’re at a boiling point. On the other hand everyday could feel like a boiling point for you, and thats not good either. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. When you read that definition it almost makes you stop and wonder “what does that look...

3 Ways to Boost Body Confidence

The season of sun dresses, bathing suits, and cutoff shorts is upon us. But if there's one season that has the ability to impact your confidence like no other, it's the summer. Regardless of whether you have "beach body" goals or you simply want to feel comfortable in your summer outfits, we have three ways to help you be confident in your own skin, no matter what. Body confidence is something so many women struggle to achieve but very few talk about. We live in the age of filters and photoshop and, oftentimes, we find ourselves slipping into the comparison trap. Nothing hits self confidence like comparing yourself to others. And while, gaining self confidence isn't a switch you can simply flip on and off as...

Get Rid of the Mad Black Woman Stereotype In Your Life

We have all heard it before: the mad black woman stereotype. In fact, filmmaker Tyler Perry made it a household phrase with his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” film. BlackGirlHealth talked with a professional about the danger of anger and why we should let it go. Dr. Patrice Jucks counsels all ages in her Atlanta, Ga. practice. But she shed some light on the importance of forgiveness for women. She acknowledged the mad black woman stereotype and pointed to black women often bearing a heavier load. “There is a “mad black woman” stereotype that exists and just like most stereotypes, it came from ignorance and lack of information about black women, such a diverse group of people, who have overcome vast challenges while often times being the...

HOW TO DITCH THE DEPRESSION MEDS!

Are you on anti-depression or anxiety medication?  Are you ready to live your life free of chemical manipulation from pills?  Are you ready to put the effort into your mental health that you deserve? Here’s a quick overview on how to start the path to mental clarity, away from pharmaceutical intervention. TAKING THE MEDICATION Research and ask your Doc or NP.  Why did he/she give this particular medication (rx) to you?  How is it working to make you feel less “depressed” or “anxious”?   Side effects.  Short term and long-term?  Lost nutrients.  Are there any supplements you can take that will help you regaining any nutrients lost by taking the rx? WEANING OFF THE MEDICATION DO NOT quick cold turkey! Consult with your MD or NP.  Be firm in stating that you want...

TRANSFORM YOUR THOUGHTS

How often have you talked yourself out of working toward a big bold goal? How many of your dreams have gone unfulfilled because you've convinced yourself it's impossible, too hard, or unreasonable? *GASP!* Or even worse, how often have you thought that you're not smart enough, you don't have enough money or the right credentials to chase after your dreams?  If you want to grow you have to give up negative self-talk! Keep dreaming but don't allow social norms and pressures change you or deter you from your dreams! Read More on Doing The Impossible Here! (http://wp.me/p5aXzi-bW)  Remember: You set the precedence to how well or poorly others treat you. So if you love on yourself, speak life to yourself and shed a positive light on yourself; you will in turn attract those...