Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#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 […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

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 […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#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 […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

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 […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#HappyTip: Love and Embrace Who You Are

Not embracing who you truly are can be a source of unhappiness and stress (trust me, I know). I recently (like within the last few months) realized that I wasn’t allowing myself to be who I really am because I was too worried about what other people thought of me. Part of it had to […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Releasing That Which No Longer Serves (Blog Version)

In my latest Inspiring Note, I wrote about how I’m releasing/have released things that no longer serve me because it’s something that’s been heavy on my mind and heart. (Side note: My apologies if you’ve already read this in my latest email; you can skip to the part about some of the other methods I […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#CalmTip: Use Affirmations

A great way to create calm and even change your mindset so you’re more calm and peaceful more often is to use affirmations. Using them not only has created a positive change in my life, I’ve also realized that it’s a powerful way to relieve stress, too. According to success coach and co-author of the […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

[Video] You CAN Meditate (I Promise!)

In this video, I’m sharing the top two reasons I hear why people don’t think they can meditate — and why those reasons aren’t true! Even you — yes YOU — can meditate…promise. And you totally need to. Watch the video to see why and how to begin.  

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#HappyTip: Start Your Mornings on a Positive Note

This is a new section that will alternate with the #calmtips. Hope you enjoy! The way you start your day has a huge affect on how you’ll feel the rest of the day. That’s why it’s important to start your morning on a positive note. Here are a few quick tips for setting the tone […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Event: Minority Mental Health Awareness Summit

Did you know that according to NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) that African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population? And due to factors such as lack of information, reluctance, and faith/spirituality, many of these issues are ignored and individuals dealing with them aren’t treated. However, […]