Mind & Body

Why Our Communities Need More Empathy

Why Our Communities Need More Empathy

Here is something that we all know – humans are social beings. We thrive in community and rely on each other for our very survival. We are inclined to participate in each other’s lives for our own health and happiness. In order to do this, we must be able to identify with others through our capacity for empathy. Empathy is […]

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Self-Care For Your Activist Pursuits

Self-Care For Your Activist Pursuits

In the aftermath of the Charlottesville event, we are reminded, yet again, that the Donald Trump presidency is not normal. We need to be vigilant and unrelenting, but we must engage in self-care to be on top of our game. The first few months of the Donald Trump presidency have been difficult and any feminist and marginalized folks are wondering how […]

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10 Period Myths That No One Should Believe

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A period is a normal, biological function that should not prohibit women from living out their normal lives. However, several myths still exist about periods that should be clarified. Here are a few: Tampons make you lose your “virginity.” Inserting a tampon will typically not break a hymen, and should be painless. There are many physical activities that can tear, […]

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Understand And Control Your Fertility

Understand And Control Your Fertility

When puberty creeps up on women , the only  information we are often given is  how not to contract a STI or get pregnant from the dreaded “talk” with  parents to the awkward sex ed lessons from school. But as women age, seldom do we receive any information on family planning and advice on how to prepare for or avoid […]

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Let’s Reject The Menstruation Taboo

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Most young girls and women of childbearing age menstruate.  And no matter how traumatic, out of the blue or totally normal the experience was, we all remember our first period. Long after adolescence, however, we still find ourselves (and others) uncomfortable with the idea of talking about periods openly, which further encourages the menstruation taboo. We’re here to tell you […]

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6 Ways to Make Body Acceptance Your New Year’s Resolution

6 Ways to Make Body Acceptance Your New Year’s Resolution

Here’s to another new year and to another list of resolutions we hope to keep by the end. Let us guess somewhere along your list is something related to health, fitness, or weightloss. You are not alone. But for 2017, let’s do something different, something more drastic. Before we start diving into our health journeys and cutting out everything that […]

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5 Positive Personal Mantras To Have In 2017

5 Positive Personal Mantras To Have In 2017

This year, we want to encourage optimism in our communities and in our country. But optimism starts with oneself before being shared with others and moving forward in life. So here are five phrases you can say daily to support self-affirmation and agency. A while ago, I wrote a piece about five words and phrases you could cut from your […]

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End-Of-Year Self Care: Becoming More Grounded In 4 Ways

End-Of-Year Self Care: Becoming More Grounded In 4 Ways

It’s been a long year. There were achievements and disappointments that took a toll on many of us, both emotionally and physically. And now, as 2016 comes to close, it becomes a time for reflection and preparation for the incoming year. Here are 4 methods of self care to consider during this crucial and timely transition: Taking care of ourselves in […]

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3 Reasons To Always Celebrate The Holidays

3 Reasons To Always Celebrate The Holidays

If you think it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit this year, you’re not wrong. When the news cycle feature Donald Trump’s many unqualified and questionable cabinet appointments, Aleppo’s heart-breaking ruin, Russia’s involvement in our recent presidential election, and subsequent reports of hate speech, it reveals our nation is in a state of discontent. The election showed the world […]

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The Detail Every Halloween Costume Should Have

The Detail Every Halloween Costume Should Have

“Why are you dressed so scary?….It’s Halloween.” One of my favorite lines from the movie Mean Girls, that premiered back in 2004 when they were at a Halloween party. It’s Halloween weekend and it’s time to get creative, put your costume together and celebrate! Whether you are going to a costume contest, a concert, a haunted house, or even bar-hopping, […]

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4 Alternatives For The “Tough Love” Response

4 Alternatives For The “Tough Love” Response

When someone you love is going through depression, chances are, you would want to do and say whatever you can to help your loved one feel better. Sometimes, the “tough love” response is used. Although it can be applicable in certain situations, “tough love” is truly not the best solution for depression. Here’s why, along with the alternatives to the […]

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What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

We all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed. In our present society, there is an incredible amount of demands to meet in all aspects in our lives. It can feel quite impossible to make progress on any of our goals simply because it feels like all our goals bear the same weight and importance. In the end, being overwhelming […]

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14 Self-Care Practices For Feminists

14 Self-Care Practices For Feminists

Fellow feminists, you have been hard at work to bring equality to those who are marginalized. While you dedicate much of your efforts to enforce justice, please don’t forget to take the time to care for yourself. Here are a few things you need to do for yourself: Yay, you made it! If you’re a feminist reading this article, I’m […]

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