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The Importance of Community Spaces: Creating a Sense of Belonging and Wellness

By tamika-lewis | May 1, 2023 | Mental Health

Have you ever felt the longing to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Have you searched for groups that share the same values and visions as you? In your journey to healing and growth, have you ever felt alone? There is so much untapped power in community spaces in promoting mental health and overall wellness. These spaces can take many forms, from parks and public squares to community centers and online forums, but they all share a common purpose: to provide a safe and welcoming environment where people can come together, connect with one another, and feel a sense of belonging. As women of color- we need spaces like these to unapologetically be our authentic selves, receive energy and support from and uplift other community members, and affirm our right to healing and wellness.

We will explore the importance of community spaces for mental health and wellbeing, examples of community spaces, and examine some of the key benefits they offer. We will also discuss some ways in which we can create and maintain these spaces, with the upcoming expansion of WOC Therapy.

Overcoming Perfectionism and the Fear of Failure

By tamika-lewis | April 10, 2023 | Mental Health

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of success, especially if you’re a woman of color in a male-dominated field. Women of color often experience higher levels of perfectionism and fear of failure than other demographics due to systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. When you’re a woman of color, and your success is predicated on your acceptance from the majority, perfection can feel like the only real option. We have to be more likeable, articulate, logical, and work harder just to enter the spaces that others already exist so comfortably in.

We don’t get taken as seriously. If we fail, we risk jeopardizing the prospects of other WOC who will inevitably be compared to us. We’re forced to compete with our own sisters for limited spots. Our work is valued oftentimes only if we expose our vulnerabilities, trauma, and struggles of being a WOC. Our stories of success are tokenized or used as a comparison for other WOC- “If she could do it, then why can’t you?”

So how can we learn to move past our perfectionist tendencies and fear of failure so that we can each reach success and fulfillment in our own ways?

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.

‘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 Do You Know if You Like Someone Romantically? 6 Signs That Show You’re Falling in Love

By seo-anam | December 1, 2022 | Relationships

How can you tell if you are falling for someone? Sometimes this is not so obvious, or you might be refusing to accept what’s happening, so now is the right time to check how you know if you like someone romantically.

How to Use Reiki for Stress Relief

By abigail-butler | May 9, 2022 | Anxiety

Connecting spiritual, mental, and physical betterment is essential for a transformation. If you want to sort out your life and work on different aspects of yourself, you must understand the connection between body and soul. That’s what reiki for stress can help with. Learn more about this ancient form of healing here.

What Is Reiki Therapy and How Does It Work

By abigail-butler | May 3, 2022 | Self-Care

If you’re looking for a different form of therapy to try along with other treatments, then you should research Reiki. But what is Reiki therapy, and how does it work? Whether it was a doctor’s suggestion or you’ve heard from a friend, give this Japanese technique a try and see and feel for yourself how it promotes healing, relaxation, and stress reduction.

How to Deal With Racial Microaggressions in Workplace

By abigail-butler | April 13, 2022 | Self-Care

From racial to sexual microaggressions, if you are a woman who is part of a minority, you have probably experienced some form of microaggressions in workplace. Even though blatant racism is still present in our society, microaggressions can be hard to recognize and fight against. The first step is to learn how to identify if someone is “unintentionally” being discriminatory towards you.

Let’s Talk About Sexual Empowerment

By abigail-butler | March 15, 2022 | Self-Care

Many external factors affect our sexuality and self-awareness, from social media and societal pressures to the expectations of those around us. Most women get criticism or advice about sexuality from those that shouldn’t have anything to do with it. Let’s talk about sexual empowerment and shedding unnecessary burdens.

How to Deal With Loneliness

By abigail-butler | February 28, 2022 | Mental Health

Every now and then, a person finds themselves trying to figure out how to deal with loneliness. It is an uncomfortable feeling, definitely, yet at the same time, it is a very common and normal one. Humans are, after all, social creatures and as such crave human companionship. But when intimacy is lacking and hard feelings set in – one has to overcome it, and here is how to do that.

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