Spring is a time of new beginnings, renewal, blossoms and new growth. It's a great time to allow ideas, projects, thoughts and desires that you've been incubating during the fall and winter, to have a chance to shine and grow. Here are a few steps to take to renew your Spirit.
Incorporating a gratitude practice in your daily self-care and Spiritual care regimen offers many benefits. A gratitude practice simply is an acknowledgment of what you are grateful for. A gratitude practice has to do with getting into the feeling of gratitude and appreciation. The feeling of gratitude makes your soul feel filled with joy. It’s a humbling feeling.
Here are 5 amazing ways that a gratitude practice will improve your life:
Perfectionism is the unrealistic desire to be perfect. It’s debilitating and kills productivity. It kills self-confidence. Perfectionism makes it hard to effectively work in a team, including a family unit. Perfectionism is off putting and defeats all those around the perfectionist. It’s totally demoralizing.
You might be a perfectionist if you often don’t feel satisfied with anything in your life. You can easily spout off all the things that are not quite “right,” but struggle to express what is going just fine.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Mainstream society wants you to sit around and wait until you're 40+ to start getting mammograms in order to "prevent breast cancer." Mainstream society has dumbed down breast cancer prevention to the simple act of getting an annual mammogram. Meanwhile, all kinds of toxic chemicals and stagnating practices are pushed onto Black women.
Like millions of other Black women in this country, I have struggled with anxiety and depression. I’ve shard a lot of tips and advice about overcoming both in the Rooting for Mom Blog.
Being depressed and generally feeling down in the dumps can totally demolish your self-confidence. You need to feel confident to make wise decisions that are in alignment with your Spirit. You need to be confident to have healthy relationships, try new things, see things through and generally feel good about yourself.
For the past several months, I have felt more or less even keel. I’ve had some lows. But, they haven’t been those terrible lows to where you don’t feel like getting out of the bed. They’ve been very moderate lows. However, overall, I’ve felt balanced, in control and confident lately by implementing two very simple exercises.
I heard about these tips on the Success Sculpting radio show and decided I would implement them. I was drawn to these exercises because they were incredibly easy and I figured I didn’t have anything to lose – only something to gain.
When I think of a woman’s self-worth, I feel it relates to how much she values herself and what she thinks she deserves out of life. Women tend to struggle with self-worth more so than men.
Self-worth is the root cause of so many outcomes in life – how she communicates, how she enters into and interacts with relationships, what she teaches her daughter, what she requires from others, how she treats herself and allows others to treat her.
Self-worth can be a tricky thing to pin point because sometimes it can be confused with outward showing of confidence, self-importance or other external gestures. However, self-worth is something that dwells in the subconscious and is often formulated as a child.
Women are encouraged to be self-less, go without, be quiet, not advocate for themselves, settle, make due and other actions that disconnect her from her from herself. While she may or may not directly hear “you’re worthless” she interprets the self-deprecation as a result of her not being worth much
The cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) has been extremely open about their reproductive health challenges. Cynthia Bailey shared her struggle with uterine fibroids on the show. We’ve been following Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker struggle to get pregnant and carry a high-risk pregnancy. Now, we’re celebrating the birth of their super cute son, Ace Wells Tucker. Porsha Williams has expressed her desire to be a mother since her first season on the show. She shared with viewers that uterine fibroids caused her to have a miscarriage and has hindered her fertility. She had a surgery to remove the uterine fibroids.
Women of childbearing age should take extra precaution to be healthy in case of pregnancy. Some of you may be actively trying to get pregnant. You may be in a relationship and thinking of getting pregnant “when the time is right.” You might not be in a relationship right now, but know that you want to have children one day. There are things that you can do to start your pregnancy on a healthy note.
Many women don’t find out that they’re pregnant until about the 8th or 9th week of pregnancy. By that time, many neurological developments have already occurred. Early prenatal care can help you get started on a healthy path, but major development has already occurred before that first prenatal visit.
Researchers have recently “discovered” that preconception obesity negatively affects birth outcomes. That is to say, that when a mom is severely overweight or obese, this can cause problems with her pregnancy and result in a baby with health complications.
Two problematic dichotomies exist when it comes to weight. On one end, body politic advocates push for accepting the fat body and embracing being overweight. On the other end, mainstream media pushes for unrealistically small proportions.
RootMama promotes a holistic perspective of balance and healing.
Western society compels women to “treat” weight as it pertains to being healthy by simply losing weight. A lot of emphasis is put on the quantifiable metric of weight. Realizing that weight alone is not a good measure of someone’s health, western medicine added, BMI, or body mass index. BMI takes height into account. Western medicine even took it a step further than that and began to include percent of body fat as another indicator of health.
I have a family member of mine, I won’t say any names, who is always yo-yo dieting. She has major fluctuations in her weight because of her on-again, off-again relationship with dieting.
One reason why her “dieting” always fails, and she ends up gaining all of the weight back is because she doesn’t really change how she relates to food. She still has the flawed mindset of “I need to diet to be healthy” and that dieting consists of mostly baked fish and plain jane salads. Somewhere along the way, she adopted and is married to the notion that healthy eating is all about salads and baked fish/chicken. Boring!
I see this in a lot of women. Their diet is doomed from the start because they get into terrible food ruts. They eat the same thing day in and day out. They don’t really explore new foods and increase their personal knowledge of nutrition. They remain disconnected from their bodies and don’t really fully understand how to nourish themselves with the best quality foods available.
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