Black Girl's Guide to Calm

How to Stay Mentally Well In Tragic Times

With all the tragedy that’s happened in this week alone, it’s so important that we, as Black people, practice self-care and stay mentally well. Here are some ways to do so: Unplug. While it’s important to be aware of what’s going on, it can be too much to handle with the constant news and opinions […]

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#CalmTip: Do a Shower Meditation

Of course, showering is how most of us stay clean, but did you know they can also reduce anxiety, lower the tension in your body, and free up your mind (cold shower)? I saw the idea of a shower meditation on Pinterest and loved it! Here’s how to do it (it’s really easy): “Every time you take a […]

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Warrior 2

It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new pose/asana. July’s yoga pose of the month is Warrior 2. Warrior 2 (virabhadrasana II) is a powerful stretch for the chest, groin, and legs. It also increases stamina, helps to relieve backaches, and stimulates healthy digestion. It also: Strengthens the muscles in your […]

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#HappyTip: Boost Your Mood Instantly

If you’re reading this, you’re probably someone who does your best to stay positive and look on the bright side of things. But, of course, we all have less-than-stellar days when we feel stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, sad, or any other emotion you might not like to feel. While I believe it’s important to acknowledge and embrace […]

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#CalmTip: Start Your Home Yoga Practice

Because it’s International Yoga Day, today’s calm tip is to start your home yoga practice. Practicing in a studio is amazing, but doing yoga at home has its benefits as well (and is what I’ve been doing for the past two years). According to researchers at the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health, students […]

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5 Free Ways to Practice Self-Care Daily

Many times, when people hear the word “self-care,” they think of being whisked away for a weekend getaway or having an entire day of pampering complete with massages, facials, and beauty treatments. And while those things are amazing and have their place, taking care of yourself can be simple, and best of all, free(!) which, […]

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#HappyTip: Laugh More

  Today’s Calm Tip: Laugh more often. Of course, laughter usually indicates happiness, but did you know there are other benefits to laughter, too? Some of them are: It reduces depression and anxiety and relaxes your whole body. Laughter boosts your problem-solving ability and creativity. It makes you more open-minded. Laughter stimulates the release of endorphins […]

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6 Yoga Poses to Open Your Hips

As I mentioned in last week’s Calm Tip and the yoga pose of the month, the hips are where we often hold pent-up emotions and negative feelings, which is one reason why hip openers should be a part of your yoga practice. Additionally, open hips can lessen back pain; they help your knees; they align your pelvis […]

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#CalmTip: Practice Standing Pigeon Pose

  It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new yoga pose! June’s is standing pigeon pose, which is great hip opener. Additionally, the hips are where we often hold pent-up emotions and negative feelings; hip openers can also create space for new ideas and pathways. So, if you have tight hips […]

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Confession: I Still Struggle With Mommy Guilt

This week has been a little…hectic. For the past few days, I’ve been attempting to upload, edit, and put together yoga videos recorded on my phone. I didn’t have enough space on my phone, so one wouldn’t upload. Then, my phone started acting crazy (the home button wouldn’t work and I didn’t get notifications. And […]