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Be in S.H.A.P.E.

What are you doing to Be in SHAPE?

So often, women are busy caring for everyone: children, husband, parents, and co-workers among others that they forget to take care of themselves. They often develop that superwomen complex.  "A woman with a Superwoman Complex constantly needs to prove that she is smart, secure, strong and self-sufficient as defined by Urban Dictionary."  As we approach the holiday season, it is time that you slow down and change things in your life.

Toss Your Worries


It is almost Friday!  Perhaps it was a week of deadlines, disappointments or surprises.  It is time to relax, release and recharge.  This weekend, do something fun.  Lose yourself in child's play.  If the weather permits, spend time outside.  Go for a walk, smell the flowers, do some yard work or go fly a kite! 
 
"Go fly a kite and tie your troubles to the tail
They'll be blown away by a merry gale,
Go fly a kite and toss your worries to the wind

To a Healthy 2012

Re-post from a year ago.  I believe it is still relevant.

Healthy and Soulful in 2011
byMinerva D. Freemanon Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 8:18am

Hats off to a Healthy New Year!
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

“Keep the soul in your heart and the health in your life”
Soul food is tasty, simple, hearty, and rooted in tradition.  Many soul food recipes - succulent fried chicken, sweet potato pie, rich macaroni and cheese, sloppy barbecue ribs and meats, and ham hock collard greens with pork fat -- have been passed down over the generations and include cooking ingredients that we know today are not healthy for us to eat in large quantities.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Reject the Lemonade


I had an epiphany today about lemons and lemonade.  Often people are encouraged to make the best of a bad situation; “Make lemonade out of lemons” as the adage goes.  Just accept that your choice is either to take the lemons or make lemonade.  Today I ask why?  Why should I take your lemons?  Why should I drink the Kool-Aid?  Moreover, why am I soaking up your gravy when I do not like the bread or the sausage?  Furthermore, I might not even like lemonade, Kool-Aid or gravy.

SMILE is more than an Upside Frown

A Smile is more than an Upside Down Frown

Kirt Franklin song I SMILE is so uplifting.  It speaks to adapting and working through our situations.  Our attitude is everything.  So often we get stuck because we cannot see a way out. We waddle in self pit and self doubt rather than shifting our position and pulling our feet up; the first step to getting out of a sticky situation.  Secondly, we need to change our (shoes) thinking.  Thirdly, try a different (shoe) strategy.  Finally, We smile.

Coping with Grief

Coping with Grief
Do not grieve, for I am not there, the poet encourages us to not stand by our loved ones grave and grieve.  However grieve we must.  We grieve the loss of the person. We grieve for the things they left undone.   We grieve for the glorious times we shared, then we grieve for ourselves. 
Losing someone you love is very difficult. Often times it opens up wounds that were scabbed over long ago, then past hurt and pain comes rushing back to the surface and the wound is torn open like it happened yesterday.

Coping with unemployment and the stress of it all

Coping with unemployment and the stress of it all

The unemployment rate is hanging around nine and a half percent.  This figure is even higher in minority communities. It’s normal to feel scared, lost, depressed and anger after losing a job.The stress of job loss and unemployment can take a toll on your health. It is important to take care of yourself. It means looking after your physical and emotional needs and managing your stress level.  Helpguide.org listed several tips to managing a healthy lifestyle while looking for another job: 

Red Light, Green Light

Red light, Green light
Stress can take a toll on one’s mental, physical and financial health.  Finding the child in you can relieve stressful moments. Do you remember the childhood game, “Red light, Green light?”  Oh, the innocence of child’s play.  With child like behavior, they go full speed ahead, not fearing anything. They throw caution to the wind and just delight in the art of having fun. What happen to those boys and girls?  Have they become adults with high blood pressure, diabetes, substance abusers, obese couch potatoes, etc.

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Every year, the United States recognizes March 10th as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It’s a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls and encourages ladies to take action. While progress has definitely been made in the areas of AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group. This year focuses on this statistic, “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.

Pearls for Your Good Health!

In order to reach your goals, you must be in good health as you will need all your energy to tackle life challenges.  When you are knocked down, you have to have the strength to get back up.  A holistic approach is optimal:  Mind, Body and Spirit!  The list below are pearls to keep you focused:

“Water is the only drink for a wise man.”

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” 

 “For sound sleep no pillow is as soft as a clean conscience.”