Black Girl's Guide to Calm

15 Simple Ways to Relax

  In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, most of us find it hard to simply relax. And a lot of times, we don’t even feel it’s necessary to do so. However, having some down time has many benefits. It: helps prevent stress from accumulating reduces general anxiety increases your energy level and helps with productivity improves […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#CalmTip: Protect Your Peace.

The result of this year’s election has a lot of us feeling anxious, fearful, on edge, a swirl of various emotions. It’s definitely warranted and necessary to process whatever we feel. And during — and after — you’re working through your feelings, I think it’s super important that you protect your peace. That doesn’t mean you need to […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#CalmTip: Ground Yourself

Grounding is a technique that helps keep you in the present moment. It’s a way of practicing mindfulness and can be helpful when you feel overwhelmed or anxious. Here are a few methods you can use to ground yourself: One Look around the room, noticing your surrounding and details. Hold a pillow, stuffed animal, or ball. […]

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#CalmTip: Let Go and Allow

As most of ya’ll probably know, I recently started teaching yoga locally. While it’s been going okay with one or two students at one place, at another, no one signed or showed up. Now logically, I know I shouldn’t take it personally, and I know that it takes time to build a new business and […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#CalmTip: Make Sure Your Cup Overflows

As many of you know, this past weekend, I attended the 2016 Self-Care Retreat (#HereWeGrow16) in Virginia Beach, which was hosted by Tara Pringle Jefferson, self-care coach and creator of The Self-Care Box. I attended to lead meditation and yoga, but I ended up learning a lot (blog post about the amazingness coming soon)! In the […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#CalmTip: Practice Camel Pose

  Heeey! It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new yoga pose. This one is a favorite of mine: camel. According to, camel pose (ustrasana) can be emotionally moving and energizing. Benefits of this pose: Stretches your neck, chest, abdomen, thighs, hip flexors, groin, and ankles Strengthens your back, gluteal […]

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#CalmTip: Communicate

The other day, I was feeling frustrated with my husband (hey, it happens), so I wrote about it in my journal to get my feelings out and to explore solutions. I discovered that the source of my stress with him is that I often fail to communicate how I feel and what I need. Here’s […]

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#CalmTip: Yoga Pose of the Month – Child’s Pose

This week’s #calmtip and this month’s yoga pose is child’s pose. According to, this is a restful pose that brings serenity and peace to your yoga practice. Child’s pose: Gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles Relaxes your spine, shoulders, and neck Increases the blood circulation to your head, which reduces […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#CalmTip: Fill Your Cup First

I’m sure you’ve seen or heard some variation of the saying, “You have to fill your cup before you fill anyone else’s.” Or the oxygen mask instructions on an airplane: In an emergency, you put your oxygen mask on before you help anyone else. Because — duh — if you can’t breathe, how can you […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#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 […]