Why Don’t People Open Up?

Although it's becoming more acceptable for people to discuss their personal struggles with mental health, their's still this stigma and fear of being shamed, criticized, labeled, and dismissed. Therefore, people tend to shy away from discussing their experiences,...

There’s No Shame in Mental Health Care

May is Mental Health Month! Let's normalize our mental health and take care of our minds just as we would our bodies. There's no shame in dealing with a mental illness or mental health issue, and it doesn't mean you're crazy. Don't ignore your mental health! Watch...

Self-Care for Sexual Assault Survivors

After a sexual assault, the victim is left to pick up the pieces of his/her lives and often doesn't know where to begin or what to do. It doesn't matter if the assault, including childhood sexual abuse, occurred, one month ago, one year ago, or even 20 years ago! The...

How Sexual Assault Impacts Survivors

Sexual assault can be devastating and life-changing while leaving its victims to pick up the pieces of their lives. The aftermath of sexual trauma can affect survivors in surprising ways. Relationships can be damaged, risky behaviors may develop, the survivor may...

Understanding Sexual Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I'm going to  be covering issues related to this topic, including clarifying what it is and isn't. Sexual assault can include physical contact such as rape and fondling as well as non-contact such as sexual harassment and...

Support for the Strong Woman

Being the "strong" friend comes with the expectation that you have to be perfect and strong all the time, and if you fall short, you risk exposing your vulnerability. It's often hard for someone who's "supposed" to have it together reach out and ask for help. Watch...

T’is the Season for Stress: How to NOT Lose Your Mind During the Holidays

Do you get the feel-goods during the holiday season? I know I do. I absolutely LOVE the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and even the feel of the holidays. I enjoy decorating my home, looking at lights, attempting to make homemade cookies, and pitifully wrapping gifts (that’s not my strength). By December 28th, I’m over it all. I don’t want to see a light, hear a jingle bell, or a ho-ho-ho! But I digress.

The Christmas season is filled with love, laughter, and light for many, but it can bring on unnecessary stress when unrealistic expectations are unfulfilled. For some, the holidays are a painful reminder of loss or lack and it’s dreadful for those who are grieving or for those who simply dislike this time of year. But for those of you who embrace this season, how do you get through the holidays without losing your mind? Follow these six tips and jingle your way to a peaceful season:

Depression: The Silent Symptom of Cancer

Most women have had or will have an encounter with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Whether you are personally diagnosed with the disease or you know someone who has, one in eight women in the U.S. will have a lifetime risk of developing breast...

How to Feel Real When You Feel Like a Fraud

Have you ever wondered why no matter how hard you work and how much you achieve, it’s just not good enough? You earned the degrees, got a good job, started the business, purchased the fabulous home and drive the fancy car. On the outside, it appears as if you are the...

In a Funk? 15 Ways to Feel Better Fast

Ever been in a funk sister-friend? I’m not talking about the kind when you groove to the gritty, grimy, soulful sounds of good ol’ rhythm and blues music that transforms your beautiful face to the curled-up-lip-where-you-look-like-you-smell-something-stank-face. Nah,...

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