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Today I'm diving into an incredibly relevant topic as we move into the warmer months—how to maintain your mental health in the summer. Summer is often seen as a time for relaxation, vacations, and outdoor fun, but it can also come with its own challenges for our mental well-being. Whether you're a student on break, a professional dealing with the s…
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Cloud meditation is a visualization technique often used in mindfulness and relaxation practices. Benefits of Cloud Meditation Reduces Stress and Anxiety: Visualizing your thoughts drifting away can help reduce stress and anxiety, providing a mental break from worries. Enhances Focus: Focusing on the visualization helps improve concentration and mi…
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Today I'm delving into the origins of Decoration Day, which was first observed by formerly enslaved people in South Carolina, and its evolution into what we now know as Memorial Day. This episode will discuss why it is crucial to acknowledge and preserve African American contributions to this significant part of our history. References: Blight, Dav…
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Fear gets to the best of us, whether it is fear of failure, success, or fear. All of us have experienced fear at some point in our lives and it can be a real stumbling block that holds us back from being truly successful. Fear can’t hold you back forever if you don't let it. There are several ways to overcome fear, this episode provides my top 9.…
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Today’s episode will dive deep into what it means to truly protect your peace and the importance of taking off your cape of invulnerability. I’m talking about self-care, setting boundaries, and the courage to be vulnerable. I’ll explore why these are critical for your mental health and how they can transform your life.…
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Whether you're a newcomer or a seasoned leader, imposter syndrome can cast a long shadow on your career achievements and mental well-being. Today, I’ll break down what imposter syndrome really is, share some examples from real-life scenarios, and offer ten practical tips to conquer these self-doubting feelings.…
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April is Stress Awareness Month! This episode is dedicated to uncovering the intricacies of stress. We'll explore what stress is, its effects on our brain and body, and share ten practical strategies to help you manage stress effectively.Tracyavon
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Affirmation meditation is a practice that involves the repetition of positive, empowering statements to foster a positive mental attitude, enhance self-esteem, and promote overall mental well-being. This practice is grounded in the belief that the words and thoughts we repeatedly affirm to ourselves can influence our feelings, behaviors, and life e…
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Grief is a universal experience, yet uniquely personal. Whether it's the loss of a loved one, a significant life change, or letting go of a part of ourselves, it can reshape our world. Today, we'll explore this process and how mindfulness strategies can support us through it.Tracyavon
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Are you ready to transform challenges into opportunities? Dive deep with us in our latest podcast episode, where we explore the essential building blocks to forge unbreakable resilience. Whether you're navigating personal hurdles, professional challenges, or simply seeking to strengthen your mental fortitude, this episode is your guide to thriving …
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Mindful breathing is a fundamental practice in mindfulness meditation. It involves paying close attention to the breath as it flows in and out of the body. The goal is to focus solely on breathing and to be fully present in each moment. This practice can help calm the mind, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve concentration and emotional well-bei…
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Today’s episode, we're tackling a topic that touches us all: navigating the tricky waters of difficult conversations, and how doing so impacts our mental well-being. Whether it's a disagreement with a friend, a sensitive chat at work, or broaching tough topics with family, we've all faced moments where words feel like they weigh a ton. Today, we're…
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Most people in our culture today are so busy running around trying to arrange their lives to be somewhere else. We all want to be somewhere else geographically or financially or in our relationships. We want to be anywhere but here as we've been led to believe that if only we can be somewhere else then our lives would work. This escapism acts like …
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Ever wondered how some people have everything that they dream of and for many, it just remains a dream? Here are some tips on how to help turn your dreams into reality. Fortunately, it's not a question of genetics or luck; this episode explains how it's down to the thinking strategies that we use.Tracyavon
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In a world where political news is inescapable and opinions are strong, it's crucial to understand how this affects us psychologically. Whether you're deeply involved in political activities or just a casual observer, the effects are real and worth discussing. This episode explored how closely politics is tied to our identities and values.…
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This episode will discuss the systemic issues that can arise in academic and professional settings, where power dynamics and a lack of accountability can lead to detrimental experiences of those being bullied. In memory of Dr. Candia-BaileyTracyavon
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As we stand at the threshold of another year, it's natural to reflect on our past and plan for our future. New Year's resolutions are a tradition for many, but today, let's talk about something equally important – the concept of grace. This episode explores what it means to give ourselves grace, especially as we enter a new year.…
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In a world that often whirls with turbulence, finding moments of thankfulness can be a powerful anchor. This episode navigates the waves of chaos so we can discover the pockets of gratitude that can illuminate our paths.Tracyavon
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The holidays can be a very challenging time. You may have concerns about weight gain, family members, work, money, and all kinds of other things. The good news is that, even with all these concerns, you can keep your mental health strong and vibrant during the holidays. You can have great joy during the busiest of times with some positive choices. …
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Imagine yourself as a deep sea diver, a ballroom dancer, a professional athlete, a famous artist, or whatever you can’t imagine. “No, that is not me”, your timid little voice inside your head escapes into your conscious thoughts. Take a moment to reflect on how many times per day your mind rejects what your imagination dreams up. It then may dawn o…
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One of the most destructive effects of procrastination is the fact that it makes you feel out of control. Procrastination is like an ‘invisible force’ that keeps you from doing what you know you must do. With the increasing demands on our time and attention, there seems to be an increase in procrastination as a chronic problem, especially among tho…
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Today's episode, we're exploring a topic that affects many of us, yet often remains hidden in plain sight - emotional labor. We'll be discussing the various forms of emotional labor, the toll it can take on individuals, and practical strategies for managing it.Tracyavon
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While a lot of good things come from a positive attitude, totally embracing positivity even when life is difficult isn't always the best choice. You might suffer from toxic positivity if you believe you should act positively no matter how dire, dangerous, or demanding your current experience is. This episode shares a few signs that your mental well…
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The term gaslighting has existed for decades now, but its usage seems to have spiked in recent years. Gaslighting is when someone makes someone else question their sanity, perception, or memories. It seems like people finally realize how serious and manipulative the behavior is. One of the most nefarious aspects of gaslighting is that it often happ…
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The ego represents our sense of self, our identity, and the way we perceive ourselves in relation to the world. It's an essential part of our personality, but it can also be fragile and susceptible to wounds. These wounds can occur through various life experiences and significantly impact our emotions, behaviors, and overall well-being. This episod…
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It’s often said that writing things down helps you to remember them and that writing down your goals helps you to achieve them. This is because writing things down gives you a clearer picture of what you want, and what you intend to achieve, and it maps out the direction to take. Successful people recognize the power of writing down their goals and…
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Life is not easy for the majority of adults everywhere around the world. While finances are a common problem for many, there’s also spiritual, social, health, family, and other issues. How all these are handled often depends on our priorities. Sadly, most people tend to either forget or turn a blind eye to the fact that most if not all our areas of…
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Sharing is something that was instilled in every one of us when we were younger. Even now we teach children to be kind and generous from a young age. They learn the importance of extending a helping hand to anyone in need. This episode explains how generosity brings healing and transformation to the world.…
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When you think of spring cleaning, you probably think of the time of year when you go all out cleaning up your house. You know the time you move the fridge and sweep out all the nooks and crevices. What if you took that same idea, but instead of cleaning your physical surroundings, you tidied up your life? If you don't quite understand what that me…
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How are you at living in the moment? If you're like most people, stepping back from the goal long enough to enjoy the journey can be challenging. After all, there are things you want to achieve, so why waste time worrying about the journey? Enjoying the journey is more important than you might think. When you embrace the now and enjoy the process, …
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Ruminating thoughts refer to repetitive, persistent, and intrusive thoughts that keep circling around the same theme, often causing distress and anxiety. These thoughts can be about anything, such as past events, worries about the future, self-criticism, or negative judgments about oneself or others. This episode provides tips on how you can decrea…
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Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach for assisting individuals who have experienced a traumatic event, crisis, or disaster. The goal of PFA is to provide emotional and practical support to people in distress, with the aim of reducing initial distress and promoting adaptive functioning and coping in the short-term aftermath…
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Psychological safety refers to an individual's perception or belief that they can express themselves, share ideas, opinions, and concerns without fear of negative consequences such as judgment, ridicule, or reprisal. This episode explores how it is a key aspect of a healthy and inclusive work environment.…
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If you do not have the right mindset for achieving your work-life balance then you will never succeed. It is likely that you will have limiting beliefs that are preventing you from achieving a true work-life balance. This episode explained the need to identify these and replace them with empowering beliefs that will drive you forward to the right w…
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If you truly want to achieve the best work-life balance then it is essential that you know about the most common misconceptions about it. Unfortunately, a lot of people are guided by these misconceptions and this prevents them from achieving their work-life balance. In this episode we will take a look at I'll share the 5 most common misconceptions …
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Manifestation meditation is a practice that aims to help individuals manifest their desires and intentions into reality. The purpose of this type of meditation is to focus your mind on your goals and desires, and to visualize them as if they have already been achieved. The idea behind manifestation meditation is that the energy and intention you pu…
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In honor of Social Work History month, I had the honor to interview a fellow Clinical Social Worker and native Queens Diva. Cerene and I attended Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens NY and we discussed all things clinical social work including how anxiety and depression can present differently in Black/African American women.…
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that helps people manage stress and improve their overall well-being. MBSR has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. It has also been used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, and workplaces, to improve overall well-…
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Conflicts are bound to happen, whether at home, at work, or in between. Unfortunately, what can start as something trivial can quickly escalate to something much more serious in a matter of minutes. That’s why it pays to know how to effectively resolve any conflict you find yourself in. This way, you can create some healthy boundaries and balance y…
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Meditation is good for your mind, but sometimes your body needs a little tweaking to get it to cooperate. This episode explains steps you can take before and after meditating and during your session to relieve physical discomforts and make it easier to concentrate.Tracyavon
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