Tamika Lewis, Author at WOC Therapy

Author: Tamika Lewis

A Guide to Self-Care for the Busy Woman on the Move

By tamika-lewis | March 20, 2023 | Self-Care

Do you find yourself striving to have it all, do it all and be everything to everyone? If so, you know that it comes at a cost: It’s easy to lose sight of yourself in the process. And to make it even worse, somewhere along the way, you began to believe that taking care of yourself translated into being selfish.

In today’s fast-paced world, where multitasking and juggling multiple responsibilities have become the norm, self-care can take a backseat. This is especially true for mothers, entrepreneurs, and business women who face unique challenges and stressors. Self-care is essential in maintaining a healthy and balanced life, fostering mental and emotional resilience, and ensuring optimal productivity. If you’re a busy woman on the move, and you’re struggling to prioritize your well-being, this practical guide to self-care will provide you with helpful tips and insights to help you regain balance and thrive in your personal and professional life. Self-care means giving yourself the attention, compassion, time and energy that you need and deserve.

Celebrating the Contributions of Women of Color in the Field of Therapy

By tamika-lewis | March 13, 2023 | Inspiration

As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize the groundbreaking work of women in the field of therapy, particularly those who have been pioneers for women of color. The field of psychology has long been dominated by white men- but in the wake of the Civil Rights and Women’s movements in the 1960s and 70s, women have been making strides in many professions. From Inez Beverly Prosser, to Martha Bernal and Mamie Phipps Clark, to Reiko True and Jennifer Eberhardt—these women have blazed trails in the world of psychology and continue to inspire generations of therapists.

Ikigai: A Japanese Concept for Finding Your Purpose

By tamika-lewis | March 6, 2023 | Inspiration

Have you ever felt like there was something missing in your life, but you just couldn’t put your finger on it? You may be familiar with the concept of “ikigai” – a Japanese concept which translates to “reason for being” or “the joy of living.” It is a way of looking at life and discovering purpose, meaning, and joy. Let’s explore what ikigai is and how it can help you find your passion.

‘Permission To Not Be In Survival Mode’: How Rest Liberates Black People

By tamika-lewis | February 28, 2023 | Mental Health

The benefits of rest are well-known: It’s rejuvenating, calming and necessary for someone’s mental and physical health.

The importance of rest is even more significant for Black people, according to Tricia Hersey, an activist and the founder of the Nap Ministry, a collective that describes itself as an organization that examines “the liberating power of naps.”

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

By tamika-lewis | December 26, 2020 | Anxiety

This holiday season is going to be slightly different than previous years…
Many of us are usually panicked around this time of year due to seeing relatives that stress us out or violate our boundaries. For many people, COVID-19 might be a blessing in disguise to escape from the treacherous “why are you still single?” or “what are you doing with your life?” family questions around the dinner table. However, for some other’s it might feel lonelier than usual. This might be your first time spending the holidays alone or without loved ones.

The country is on edge. Here’s how these women are coping with the anxiety.

By tamika-lewis | November 7, 2020 | Anxiety

Autumn Alexander, a 17-year-old living in Baltimore, couldn’t vote this election. But for hours, she watched the results from the presidential race trickle in with her family, realizing that the outcome would intimately affect her life as she starts adulthood, from her job prospects to access to health care. When it became increasingly clear that the results wouldn’t be announced that night, her “anxiety got really, really bad,” she says. She didn’t get to sleep until around 2 a.m., and the sleep she did get was “the toss-and-turn kind.” She woke at 7:30 a.m. to get ready for online learning.

Indian Matchmaking: The Perks & Pressures of Arranged Marriage

By tamika-lewis | August 22, 2020 | Relationships

The reality TV show Indian Matchmaking flooded Netflix with popularity this past month and let me tell ya…it’s pretty accurate. As a South Asian Punjabi woman, when I watched it, I was conflicted between laughter and frustration.

The Myth of the “Strong Black Woman”

By tamika-lewis | July 29, 2020 | Self-Care

The strong Black woman trope has been ingrained in society for centuries. It’s a damaging stereotype that affects Black women in a multitude of negative ways. Black women tend to feel pressured to achieve the impossible and do so without showing any emotion as a mechanism to deal with the stress. They wake up and walk out of the door with an emotional armor in order to uphold the “strong image” often at the expense of their humanity.

Healing Racial Trauma in WOC

By tamika-lewis | July 8, 2020 | Self-Care

Being a woman of color (WOC) is a privilege but in today’s society there are a number of things that breed racial trauma. It is something that builds inside WOC – everyday we are met with different situations that add to our past painful experiences of racism. Many of us, including me have been oblivious to what we are suffering from. Wounds from generational, physical and personal racism as well as microaggressions and gaslighting have added to the suffering WOC must face in a daily basis.

Cultivating Compassion in Children

By tamika-lewis | June 11, 2020 | Inspiration

Ever have dinner with a therapist? My kids would be the first to tell you that it’s no ordinary affair. We dish up mac and cheese and existential debates at our dinner table. Like if sea animals were human would SeaWorld still exist? And will heaven be filled with OMG dolls?

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