Black Girl's Guide to Calm

On Taking Care of My Mental Health

As a Black person in the South — and really, as a Black person in general — mental health and wellness is something rarely talked about, and when it is, you’re told to simply “pray about it” or “Jesus will fix it.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with praying if it brings you comfort and peace, […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Creating Self-care and Calm Intentions for the New Year: 6 Things to Do

Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 has gotten off to an amazing start. If you’re reading this, you probably already have set some goals for the year. But do you have self-care and calm intentions? Wait, what does intention even mean? An intention is “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct […]

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Why I Started Going to Therapy (and Why I’m Glad I Did)

Although it’s still somewhat taboo, I’ve always been an advocate of mental health care and therapy. In the Black community, therapy has been seen as what “crazy” or White folks use — not us. We’re supposed to utilize prayer, the church, and Jesus.  Now, there’s nothing wrong with praying, going to church, or Jesus (or […]

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Dear Black Woman

Dear Black woman, Growing up, you probably heard that you needed to be a “strong Black woman,” or you heard your mama, aunts, grandmas, etc. described that way. And now, as an adult, you probably feel at least some pressure to be super woman and do it all — smoothly and with a smile being a […]

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On Doing What You Need to do to Be Good as a Mama

As many of you know, I attended The Self-Care Retreat (#HereWeGrow16), which was created and is hosted by Tara Pringle Jefferson. The main reason I went was to lead yoga and meditation, but I ended up actually learning a lot. One of the points both speakers made was the idea of not doing things just because […]

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Simple Tips for Getting Through a Sh*&ty Day

A little background: We have some bills but weren’t/aren’t sure how we’re going to pay them. So, I’d been reading about the Law of Attraction (LOA) (books and blog posts). I set the intention; I let go of how I thought it should happen; I focused on feeling good and just went about my daily […]

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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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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, […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

My Secret to Finding Calm (Almost) Daily

  Here at Black Girl’s Guide to Calm, I teach various ways to create calm. Most of what I share are things I do and/or have done myself, so I’m speaking from experience and what works for me. But I’ve never really shared how I find my calm on a daily basis in a post, so here’s […]

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

Out With the Old, In With the New: My Intentions for 2016

  Happy 2016! I hope you all had a safe and fun time bringing in this new year. In the past, I’ve created goals for a new year, but this year, I decided to write intentions. Why? Because intentions help me become clear about what I really want and it allows me to not worry so much about how […]