Celebrate the Struggle!! – Daily Word December 21, 2011
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Most of you know me as CurlyNikki – natural hair advocate and Gia’s
slave mom. But if you couldn’t tell from the ‘on the couch’ theme, I’m also The Licensed Psychotherapist Formerly known as Alicia (my gub’ment name). And as inspired by Prince, I’m working on a symbol… hmm, maybe a fro. But I digress.
I work primarily with women struggling with issues related to interpersonal relationships, anxiety, depression, body image disorders and PTSD. When the Hubs and I finally pick a city and stay put, I have plans to open my own practice. Psychology is my first love and no matter where this fantabulous CurlyNikki ride takes me, I will always be a therapist.
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By Denene Millner
I know. A dramatic headline. Made you look. But it’s not fiction. It turns out that the “Cry It Out” method of baby sleep training, where you ignore that your kid is screaming, crying and turning 40 shades of purple so that she can break herself out of the habit of being spoiled and cuddled to sleep, does more harm—way more—than good.
In her recent piece for Psychology Today, Darcia Narvaez, an associate professor of psychology at Notre Dame, writes that when babies are stressed, their bodies release cortisol into their systems—a toxic hormone that kills brain cells. Considering their brains are only 25 percent developed when they’re born full-term and grow rapidly in their first year, killing off baby brain cells is a huge no bueno. Narvaez notes that studies out of Harvard, Yale, Baylor and other prestigious institutions show that said killing off of baby brain cells can lead to the higher probability of ADHD, poor academic performance and anti-social tendencies, and that human babies are hardwired for hands-on comfort and care. Read more…
By Shani K. Collins
We manage our families, our responsibilities at work, at church, and within our communities. We set schedules, adhere to deadlines, make phone calls, send emails, leave voicemails, run errands, and do innumerable things each day to stay on top of our busy lives. Whatever we need to do to get important things done, we do it without question. In short, we are great project managers. But do we have a “project manager” mentality toward our own health? As African-Americans, are we “doing what we need to do” to stay in the best health, and enjoy the fruits of having a sound mind, body and spirit?
Health statistics consistently reflect that African-Americans bear the burden of chronic illness and disease within the United States. Within our community, mortality and morbidity trends indicate that we are not preventing and managing chronic illnesses and diseases very well. By becoming project managers of our health, we can change negative health trends within our families and our communities. Here are 6 simple steps to help you become an effective project manager of your health:
Step I: Change Your Mindset: Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said the “journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” This philosophy can be applied to our personal approach to health and wellness. The first step to changing negative health outcomes is changing negative thinking. If our personal thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes toward diet, exercise, nutrition and wellness are negative, we will not be motivated to change negative behavior. To counter negative thinking, reflect on the countless positive outcomes associated with being healthy and whole. Let those thoughts fuel your determination to make positive changes in your life. Read more…