Can you define the self-love? What about self-care? I’m sure many of you can give brilliant explanations but how many of you practice self-love and self-care? I will be honest and admit that I have struggled with self-love, and until a couple of years ago I had no idea what self-care meant.

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It has been a few weeks since I have written anything new or updated my blog, and I wish I had some profound reason for not doing so. I wish I could say I was halfway around the world on vacation in France. Or that I was doing something selfless like trying to solve world hunger, but the truth is that I have been caught up in the whirlwind of change.

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When I had the idea for my blog a few months ago I knew there was someone I wanted to feature, my friend Marshay. Over the years Marshay and I have had conversations about everything under the sun. We have discussed everything from relationships to politics, but more recently the topic of mental health came to the forefront.

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The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) reports that music therapy programs can help with managing stress among other ailments. Over the last couple weeks I have been compiling a list of songs that make me happy. These songs usually put me in a good mood and I have been using them as a part of my therapy recently.

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I know I have had several anxiety attacks especially when I operated my bakery about 7 years ago. I remember the moments when I would start hyperventilating because I felt I would not have enough time to finish a large order.

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Have you ever avoided walking down a street because it was busy and you fear someone would say hello? Or do you drink glass after glass of alcohol in a social setting to stay “occupied?” Or have you ever left a party or event because interacting with people was so difficult?

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I don’t ever remember hearing the word “anxiety” used in regards to mental health while growing up in the Caribbean.  As I have mentioned before, mental health wasn’t openly discussed – of course, I would hear family and friends make jokes about that one “crazy” neighbor that went “off.” …
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It was a particularly trying day at work, I mean every day was a trying day at work for me (like most work days for most working adults). Working in a high volume call center was mentally draining but working in a call center that is medical in nature added an emotional element that not many can take…
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