Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#HappyTip: Pamper Yourself

For me, taking time to pamper myself weekly not only brings me joy, it’s also a way that I create calm and make sure I’m practicing self-care. And contrary to what you may believe, you can pamper yourself without spending a ton of cash — or any. Here are a few ideas: Take a bubble […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#HappyTip: Practice Kindness

It has been scientifically proven that being kind is a great way to boost your mood and happiness. And since it’s Be Kind to Humankind Week, I wanted to share a few simple ways you can practice kindness more often: Donate items you no longer need. Write a nice note to a loved one. Place sticky notes […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#HappyTip: Practice Positive Self-talk

The way you talk to yourself — positively or negatively — has an impact on your life and how you live. Practicing positive self-talk uplifts you, increases your confidence, lessens your stress, and helps you manifest your desires. While it does take time to go from being a negative self-talker to a positive one, it is possible […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#HappyTip: Give Back

Did you know that when you give back, you actually become happier? According to this article on The Huffington Post, when you make a donation to charity, your brain acts in a similar way to when you’re having sex or eating chocolate. And in a study on charitable giving when individuals donated to a worthy cause, […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#HappyTip: Get Some Girlfriends

  It’s Social Wellness Month! According to the University of California, Riverside, social wellness refers to one’s ability to interact with those around them and involves using good communication, respecting yourself and others, having meaningful relationships, and creating a support system that includes family and friends. And one great way to improve your social wellness […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

#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 […]

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

#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

#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 […]