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Self-Care: 15 Ways To Take Better Care of Yourself

Self-Care is Vital

Self-care is more than “treating yourself.” It is showing yourself some love and recognizing that you need to take care of YOURSELF. According to Life Hacker, Self-care helps prevent burnout, reduces negative psychological and physical effects of stress and helps you refocus on what is true and important.

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work or stressed about the overdue tasks piling up at home? Well, that may be a sign that it is time for you to indulge in a big dose of self-care. Self-care is not a buzzword or a movement, it is vital to your mental and physical well-being.

Definition of Self-Care

Self-care is defined as,” the practice of taking action to preserve one’s own health or the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” (Source: Dictionary.com)

BENEFITS of practicing self-care

  • Reduces negative effects of stress
  • Better productivity
  • Enhances self-esteem
  • Better physical health
  • Improves quality of life
  • Improves resistance to disease
  • Helps you refocus

While there are many benefits to self-care, it is one of the first things to be overlooked or “put on the back-burner” when life becomes busy. There is a long comprehensive list of self-care ideas, but many of those ideas are tips that only take a few minutes.

SELF-CARE IDEAS

Here are just a few self-care ideas for you to incorporate into your busy life:

  1. Spend time outdoors
  2. Do mindfulness breathing exercises
  3. Listen to music that makes you smile
  4. Do journal writing or make a gratitude list
  5. Sip on hot herbal tea
  6. Watch funny animal videos
  7. Disconnect from social media for the day
  8. Do a crossword puzzle or mindless coloring
  9. Read the bible or positive affirmations
  10. Take a hot bubble bath

There may not be a lot of time, but MAKE TIME. It doesn’t have to cost money to take a few moments out to show yourself some love or to give yourself a mental health break. The goal is to exercise self-care before you reach the level of BURNOUT, if possible.

It is so important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. There are times when we are so busy caring for the needs of others, that we find ourselves depleted. The fact is, if you gives others EVERYTHING you have, and then you have nothing left to give yourself or anyone else. Be kind to yourself.

TAKE ACTION

Don’t wait until the perfect time on the perfect day. Get started right away. Which self-care ideas are you going to put into action right away?


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Men, we NEED you!

Oscar-nominated director and filmmaker John Singleton died this past Monday after having suffered a massive stroke on April 17, 2019. Gosh, darn it!!! Another loss of an influential black man. There are conversations surrounding the topic of ” high blood pressure -HBD or Hypertension- in African Americans [particulartly our black men – our brothas].

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While scrolling through my Instagram , I came across a nbcnews.com article titled, “John Singleton’s family urges black men to get their blood pressure checked.” I didn’t realize John had been silently dealing with HBD. I know a little about HBD since I have a couple family members who deal with it. Well, after reading the article, maybe I do know more people, but maybe they, too, are dealing with it silently.

I realize that people have different reasons why they don’t go to the doctor, but the fact that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is quoted as saying, “African American men are at [the] greatest risk of having a stroke at a younger age.” Brothas, your families need you, your children need you, OUR community needs you to live a long, healthy and prosperous life. Men, we NEED you!!! So, please don’t put off going to the doctor for checkups and please take your prescribed medicines. With that said, I am a HUGE supporter of holistic and alternative medicines, so go have a consultation and checkups by a naturopath provider. Whatever you do, please TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH!!

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By the way, I feel inclined to mention that I am not placing any judgment on John because much of what has been reported about how he treated his HBD has been a bit of speculation combined with information shared by his family. I appreciate John’s family, in the midst of their grief, spreading awareness about the condition, also known as the “silent killer.”

I encourage EVERYONE, regardless of race, socio-economic background, or gender, to take care of yourself to the best of your ability; I am talking to myself as well. According to CDC, “High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 adults in the United States.”

Rest in peace John Singleton.

To learn more on the deadly impact of high blood pressure in African American men, please take a look at the CDC publication PDF (A Closer Look at African American Men and High Blood Pressure Control .

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THE BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE

Last night, my family, church family and I went to see the movie premiere of THE BREAKTHROUGH! Wow and wow again. This POWERFUL movie had soooo many thought-provoking and lifechanging messages. The story was just WOW. I mean just WOW! There were many relatable moments and moments I just couldn’t imagine experiencing.

I’m struggling to write this because I don’t want to share many details like some other reviews I saw. So NO spoilers here but just WOW. BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost.

Let me say this one more time. The Breakthrough is based on a TRUE STORY. I mean WOW.

You, your family and friends have to go see this movie when it hits theaters next week on April 17th. I feel confident that you will thank me later.

My church family and I are soooo proud of our own Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, Devon Franklin and Stephen “Steph” Curry who produced and executive produced this OUTSTANDING movie. At the end of our church services, we end by saying, Let’s go change the world.” Well, I know this movie will change lives for the better.

I don’t want to say much more until you have seen the movie. So, I will HUSH for now.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote a pretty detailed review stating,”In the mini-genre of Christian, faith-based films, Breakthrough must be credited as one of the most effective additions to the roster. Admittedly there is not a high bar to meet, but this inspirational story directed by Roxann Dawson benefits from strong performances and a minimum of treacly preaching. Basketball superstar Stephen Curry acted as one of the executive producers. Box office should be solid.” I don’t want you to read their review until after you see the movie. Ok?

Would you do me a HUGE favor? After you see this movie, PLEASE return to this blog post to share YOUR thoughts on the movie. Cool beans? I loved the movie and I’m very interested to read what YOUR reviews are about THE BREAKTHROUGH MOVIE.

Production: Franklin Entertainment
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Marcel Ruiz, Mike Colter, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert
Director: Roxann Dawson
Screenwriter: Grant Nieporte, based on the book by Joyce Smith
Producer: DeVon Franklin
Executive producers: Stephen Curry, Becki Cross Trujillo, Samuel Rodriguez
Director of photography: Zoran Popovic
Production designer: Gae Buckley
Editor: Maysie Hoy
Music: Marcelo Zarvos

Rated PG, 116 minutes

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