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Mental Health Awareness

Posted on May 5, 2021 at 7:35 AM Comments comments ()

Signs You Need to Take a Mental Health Day

By Rosunnara 

June 9, 2020


When your body and emotions are out of whack, it’s important to recognize the signs that your overworked brain needs a mental health day. If you get the flu or an injury, you have no problem taking a sick day. But what if your mental health is suffering? Just like your physical health, it's important to take time off to focus on your mental well-being.



The day-to-day hustle and commitments of life can cause high levels of stress, which ultimately affect your mental state. It's hard to spot the symptoms because they're not all physical. Here are some signs you need a mental health day, plus a few things you can do to try to heal.


You’re Exhausted All the Time

Everyone gets tired once in a while, but if you don't even have the energy to do simple tasks or your favorite activities, then you may need to take a mental health day. People can feel drained physically, mentally, socially, creatively, emotionally and spiritually.



Many people turn to caffeine when they feel tired. Sometimes, people knock back multiple cups of coffee to power through the day. However, relying on coffee won't help if you're exhausted and unmotivated. In fact, drinking too much coffee leads to dehydration, which slows you down.


Instead of coffee, try using a mental health day to have some fun and restore your energy. You could also take the day to identify the things that are draining you, such as a stressful commute or a messy home. After creating a list of your stressors, figure out how to eliminate them.


You’re Tired, but You Have Trouble Sleeping

After a long day at work, you may feel tired. However, what if you can't fall asleep when you go to bed, even when you’re exhausted? High levels of stress can lead to insomnia, which causes fatigue, poor focus, physical pain and even more stress. Work, financial or relationship problems can create stress.

It's basically a never-ending cycle until you reduce or get rid of the stressors. With a mental health day, you can sleep in, take a long nap or start setting a healthier sleep schedule for your mind and body. Experts have found that getting regular, good sleep helps people heal and recharge.


It’s Hard to Focus

Are you struggling to concentrate, making mistakes or forgetting things more than usual? If the answer is yes, you may be under a lot of stress. "The basic idea is that the brain is shunting its resources because it's in survival mode, not memory mode," explains Dr. Kerry Ressler, chief scientific officer at McLean Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.




Stop the Hate

Posted on March 18, 2021 at 1:35 PM Comments comments ()

We must work to dismantle structural racism and create an America where each person can pursue their dreams of life, liberty and their form of  happiness.

Fabulous Friday

Posted on March 12, 2021 at 11:30 AM Comments comments ()

It's Friday.  You made it to the weekend.  Now enjoy!  Remember to practice the 3 W's!

Meditation Improves Health

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 8:35 AM Comments comments ()

Take care of yourself. Wealth without health will leave you needy. Needing help, needing support and needing comfort.                                            Mediation can help on your path of improving your health.

Mediation Music for Stress

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 7:40 AM Comments comments ()

Relax your mind and body with this meditative Calm Music Video. Use it for Zen Meditation, Balance and Concentration and Study. Use it for Zen Meditation, Music Therapy and Stress Relief

Unpacking Emotional Baggage

Posted on February 24, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments ()


For the next four weeks, we will look as emotional baggages and the destrucive consequences of not dealing with it.

Unpacking Emotional Baggage

“Emotional baggage can be defined as unprocessed emotions from past experiences, which often have a negative effect on our current thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships,” says Dr. Nakita O’Leary, Clinical Psychologist at Lighthouse Arabia.

Let’s start with forgiveness. 

Forgiving people who have wronged you and letting go of the desire for revenge can free you from the emotional baggage caused by the pain of their wrongdoing. Also, forgiving yourself for past mistakes is central to moving on and not letting that guilt carry over.




Posted on February 21, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments ()

1. Whitney Houston said the greatest love is to love yourself.

2. Work on yourself first, fix your insecurities and low self-esteem and everything else falls into place.

3. Take your time when you enter a new relationship. Time is your biggest asset.

4. Please let him talk. You can learn a lot if you listen to him talk about his joys, his dis appointment, his dreams, and goals.

5. Does he have a plan to reach his goals or are they just pipe dreams.

6. What flag are you waving? Ask yourself what in you that attracts broken men to yourself.


Mental Health During Covid-19

Posted on November 10, 2020 at 2:53 PM Comments comments ()

College Students Life During Covid-19
Mental Health is a growing concern among college students in the age of Covid-19.
Pay attention to your young adults as they try to navigate their independence, adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, attend classes, try to maintain a social life, and connect with family and friends.  As the holiday’s approaches, many students will have to make tough decisions about going home to families with high risk conditions.
Talk with your son or daughter about staying safe physically and emotionally.  
Here are some signs of depression to look for in friends:
  • They are not enjoying activities they once loved
  • They no longer attend classes or social outings
  • They are experiencing extreme anger or sadness over a relationship in their life
  • They react negatively or with apathy to most things
  • They often talk about death or suicide
This is a time to seek help.  Please encourage them to prioritize their health.
Here are some suggestions parents can encourage their children to do:
a.      Encouraged students to seek out spiritual outlets to volunteer and worships.
b.     Increase the amount of rest, sleep, and exercise to maintain good health.
c.      Stress the need to maintain a healthy diet, even slightly by eating healthier foods.
d.     Decrease substance use.
e.      Encourage them to reach out to others, schedule connection time virtually or safely in person.
f.       Reassurance that they (parents) are there for them as needed.
g.     Encourage them to explore resources for nonprofits that deals with mental health in young adults. 

Wisdom: You are never alone

Posted on November 8, 2020 at 9:42 AM Comments comments ()

Wisdom and Pain

“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” – Robert Gary Lee
“Ouch! That hurt.”

We’ve all uttered those words in our lives. Maybe you said it right after a fall, feeling the pinch of an injection, or if someone said something hurtful. Whatever the cause of your pain, it produced discomfort, and you wanted it to stop.
Pain is a universal experience. No creature on the planet is exempt from feeling it. It’s a biological mechanism that maintains balance in our system, and like an indicator on a dashboard of a car, it lets us know when something isn’t right.
However, many of us don’t see the pain this way. Instead, we see it as an inconvenience. In the past, when religion and superstition reigned supreme, pain was seen as a punishment, meted out by the Gods in response to immoral behavior. Today we see it as some kind of defect that needs to be fixed or cured.
We’re naturally drawn to seek pleasure and avoid pain. It’s encoded in our our reptilian brain. We can all agree that touching a hot stove or brushing against a sharp object is going to hurt, however, there are some forms of pain that are subjective.  Pain can be interpreted differently on an individual level, both due to different pain thresholds, and what we personally consider to be pleasure or pain.
The majority of us have a low tolerance for pain, and the forces of capitalism are glad to offer us solutions. Our culture of ‘painkillers’ offers a plethora of choices to numb our pain such as antidepressants, alcohol, recreational drugs, sugar and social media. We do use our systems with these instruments of pleasure to escape reality.
In her book, When Things Fall Apart, Buddhist monk Pema Chödrön says, “Most of us do not take these situations as teachings. We automatically hate them. We run like crazy. We use all kinds of ways to escape — all addictions stem from this moment when we meet our edge and we just can’t stand it. We feel we have to soften it, pad it with something, and we become addicted to whatever it is that seems to ease the pain.”
While quick-fixes work on a temporary basis, it’s detrimental to our transition into conscious and evolved beings. When we avoid pain, we are missing the deeper and enriching experience that’s on offer. The more we resist and push away the pain, the more that we are inviting it to stay.

Like a persistent cosmic postman, it won’t go away until we understand the root cause. Just as light cannot exist without the dark, the human experience is not complete without moments of sadness. In fact, I think that life would be rather drab and predictable if we constantly lived in a utopia, never encountering bends on our path.

Fearless: The Power of Her

Posted on November 2, 2020 at 6:00 PM Comments comments ()

The Power of Her
Mind, Body and Spirit

 I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from every fear Psalm 34                                                                   
We had an awesome Zoom Conference on Saturday, October 31, 2020.  We had over 60 participants eager to hear about Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, Finance, Nutrition and Covid-19.  We had national presenters from New York, Florida, Georgia, and several cities in North Carolina.  We had the Pitt County Health Department Nursing Director to stress getting the flu shot and to follow the scientific recommendations about the virus.  We heard from Dr. Newton share information about the relationship between Mother Earth supply of water, sun, the food we grow, our air we breathe. He discussed vitamins and minerals and the need to add exercise to our day. The audience was encouraged to do monthly breast exams from a nurse diagnosed at age 34 with breast cancer. She shared a very inspiring story.  Domestic Violence was discussed, and resources were shared to get help.  Covid-19 was discussed, and recommendations were shared based on the CDC and the WHO organizations.  The conference ended with a discussion about finances.  After the conference, participants were treated to a nutritious lunch at a nearby restaurant.