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@thriving_well sends our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Kobe Bryant. Death is never easy, and it’s important to take care of and be gentle with yourself during your time of grieving.
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On November 1, 2019, I had to opportunity to speak at the MEAC conference to students leader athletes from 11 different universities surrounding ways to identify mental health concerns and symptoms with their teammates.
For those that may or may not know the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference whose full members are from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Southeastern and the Mid-Atlantic United States.
I was able to provide the students with resources and a few coping skills. I went over my time and the students had so many great questions and were so engaged. I felt honored and humbled to be able to share my knowledge and was happy that everyone was so opened. Also I had the opportunity to meet the commissioner of the MEAC!
Did you know that :
•14% of college students have been treated for depression before entering college.
•27% of 18- to 24-year old's have a diagnosable mental illness. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
•Mental health is a vital part of the success of student-athletes, but in a ten-year time frame, 477 athletes died from suicide (Velasco, 2017).
•According to the National Protection of Student-Athlete Mental Health article student-athletes are more susceptible to depression and suicidal ideals than their non-athlete peers (Born, 2017).
•Lack of knowledge about services for mental health is a significant barrier for athletes. If they don’t know where to seek help, they are less likely to do so.
A huge part of my job as a therapist is to help individuals identify coping skills and feel safe expressing their concerns.
A child is said to have failure to thrive when they don't meet recognized standards of growth. Failure to thrive isn't a disease or disorder. Rather, it describes a situation in which a child is undernourished. They either don't receive or are unable to process enough calories
Now you may be wondering okay, what does that have to do with me and how does it connect with the name of your business? Well I'm glad you ask. Thriving Well means just that. If you look closely at my logo key foundational pieces are missing. Kind-of like many people in various stages in their lives when they begin therapy with me. Mentally they are undernourished and at any moment they can fall.
The key components that I teach each client is to help them gain those pieces they need to stand on their own and go from surviving to thriving well. The holistic solutions comes from my various experiences in different treatment modalities that we can use together to help you take off some of the weight you have been carrying with hopes to release and become the person you want to be.
Therapy does not "fix" anyone. Therapy is the solution/beginning step in the right direction for you to identify and learn coping skills to heal and help you live a well life.
Are you dealing with anxiety before bed? Feeling restless? Dealing with fear? Do you feel like you have a million thoughts running through your mind? Do you feel your heart racing?
Many people with anxiety have trouble sleeping. That's a problem. Too little sleep affects mood, contributing to irritability and sometimes depression. Vital functions occur during different stages of sleep that leave you feeling rested and energized or help you learn and forge memories. Practicing good "sleep hygiene" helps, too.
Here’s a few tips to help you decrease anxiety using SLEEP HYGIENE.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Reiki II Practitioner. I am a true believer in mind, body, soul and connections. I knew coming into this work that I wanted to guide women home to their higher selves.
People assume that the benefits of doing Reiki are not tangible, when the benefits are endless: clarity, a still mind, reduced stress and anxiety, a healthier immune system. Energy healing causes you to question the energy you are attracting and emitting with your thoughts, subconscious beliefs, and behavior; the impact is profound.
When I decided to own in on my niche and true calling, it was truly women of color, specifically black women. We store so much in our bodies and are constantly fighting the narrative of being “strong” But sometimes being strong is blocking you from being your best self. Sometimes being strong is a word, and you are subconsciously holding up blocks that later lead down a road of anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, confusion, and even sickness. The Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation really allows you to release and let go and simply find clarity.
So you might be asking so what does a Reiki session look like? Well I am glad you ask. A reiki session may look like intention setting, deep reflective questions, and even some possible chanting are commonplace. So often we forget just how intertwined our mind, energy and therefore spiritual and physical well-being are, but Reiki makes this delicate balance viscera
I encourage you to give Reiki a try. Click this link below to book your reiki session.
Also check out my testimony section and see what current and former Reiki clients had to say about their Reiki experience with me!
While I pride myself on living an active life, and setting time to nurture my mind and spirit, so many of the Black women close to me do not; and for good reason.
When most people hear the word wellness they may automatically think of slender and incredibly fit Caucasian women, fresh from a yoga class, sipping a green juice, clad in Lululemon. The lack of representation and diversity can leave us feeling like we don’t belong. Who you see standing in the front of you at a yoga studio matters because what we see is oftentimes what we believe we can or cannot do. Hence why I decided to be a therapist and cater to people of color so there is someone who looks like you on the couch and on the mat.
Wellness can take many shapes and forms that are affordable or even free. Prioritizing sleep, going on short walks, creating a relaxation ritual or even cutting toxic people out of your life are all wellness practices that can be implemented into our lives immediately. Consider the activities that give you a sense of inner peace or the feeling, “I can lose myself in this!” Those activities are so important!
As Black women we must take care of ourselves, and each other, every single day because, quite literally, our lives, and those of our mothers, sisters and friends, depend on it. So start a weekly walking group with your friends, try mediation, finally take that yoga class. Whatever you do, do it frequently and know that Black women in wellness do in fact exist.
As a matter of fact ask me about me about my walking group, and my walk and talk therapy. Lets release some stress, connect with nature, and THRIVE WELL
I am also a member of the First Responder Crisis Team and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. My work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women and I delight in using pop culture to illustrate psychological concepts.
My work has been featured on local and national radio stations, podcasts, and MTV. I currently live in Hampton Roads, VA.
the taste of water
singing (and hope to one day to be on the show Shazam)
thunderstorms (only if I’m already home and tucked in bed).
reality tv shows.
the color yellow and orange.
all things Kate Spade
binge watching Netflix shows.
every woman should have a theme song. Mine is “unstoppable” by Koryn Hawthorne
pearl earrings go with any outfit.
in good kisses, good cries, good friends, and good food!
broken hearts can heal.
there is nothing more awesome than a woman who knows her power and walks in it.
Latoya Nicole Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, passionate about bridging the gap of holistic practices and mental health