#SelfCare

She is the author of two successful books “Business Basics 101” and “ Ultimate Guide For Women Entrepreneurs”, and through her Dallas-based company, Empower Business Group, she assists start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs reach their full potential.  Say hello to Cecelia Nowlin, my spotlight of the week.  Feature link below!

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/cecelia-nowlin-2/

 

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/about/#featured

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The name speaks for itself – Confluence. It is where confidence meets influence! One should never underestimate the influence you have over others.  Meet Charlie Marcol…whose mission is to inspire and empower women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.  Read her story on the Chronicles Too!  Link below:

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/charlie-marcol/

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/about/#featured

 

 

 

 

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Self-care is all the rage these days and more and more women are coming to the realization that we need to pour into ourselves before we can pour into anyone else.  When you say you love and honor yourself, do you really love and honor yourself enough?  That’s where Judith Dials comes in; she founded Mature Enough (M.E.), an organization that teaches ladies how to love themselves ENOUGH, which will help them receive the benefits of self-love and a life of pure inner happiness and better relationships.

Read more about Mature Enough on the Chronicles Too! – feature link below:

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/judith-dials/

The Chronicles Too! is Classy Living Society’s online blog that features individuals, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.  Get featured!  (Link below)

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/about/#featured

 

 

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Self-Care in the Summertime

by CLS

Summer is officially here!  Time for lazy lounging by the pool or at the beach, barbecues, picnics, flip flops, long walks, and fun in the sun!

Aside from maintaining summer haircare and skincare, getting enough rest and indulging in nutritious foods, take the time during these beautiful summer days to pep up your mental and emotional health as well.

The sun is a natural producer of Vitamin D, one of the many nutrients essential to boosting your mood and warding off the blues.  Get creative – and take some of your indoor activities outside!  Given the longer hours of daylight, there’s lots more opportunity to get some sunshine!

Mental Health First Aid USA, a division of the National Council for Behavioral Health lists 15 activities to keep you feeling your best this summer.

  1. Ditch the couch and relax outdoors.
  2. Go out for a stroll.
  3. Explore your local farmer’s markets.
  4. Join a community garden – or start your own!
  5. Tidy one small space at a time.
  6. Make a summer feel-good playlist of your favorite music.
  7. Try a new exercise (swimming, anyone?)
  8. Dine al fresco – have a picnic!
  9. Look for interesting things going on in your community.
  10. Start or continue a journal.
  11. Reconnect with a relative or friend.
  12. Practice mindfulness – take a yoga class or begin meditation sessions.
  13. Do an at-home spa day.
  14. Explore new places in your town.
  15. Do a weekly personal needs assessment.

Self-care is important; and when you are intentional about taking care of yourself – mind, body and spirit – you tend to feel more connected to yourself and others.

Click on the link below for more from Mental Health First Aid USA on the 15 tips to make your summer a season of self-care for you!

15 Activities for Your Summer Self-Care Checklist

-written by Janine Lattimore
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Self-care is all the rage these days; with women at the forefront of this revolution.  With all the roles women play on a daily basis, it’s important that we take care of ourselves so we can effectively participate in all of these roles – truly without health, we can’t do anything!

Enter Dr. John Lipman, MD of the Atlanta Interventional Institute.  Dr. Lipman is world-renowned for his experience and skills in the Uterine Fibroid Embolization technique (also known as UFE), which is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that has improved the life of thousands of fibroid patients over the last 22+ years.  He is a highly sought-after lecturer and also volunteers his time: as Volunteer Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Ob/Gyn Department at Morehouse School of Medicine and for Good Samaritan Health Center.  Read more about Dr. Lipman and the amazing services he provides on Classy Living Society’s official blog, the Chronicles Too! (link below).

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/john-lipman-md/

 

 

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Spring and Summer are right around the corner, and that means warm weather and sunshine!  It also means it is time to bare our tootsies – that’s right – time to show off our feet in our favorite sandals, open toe pumps and flip flops!  But are your feet ready?  Click on the link below and find out from Elle magazine how you can skip the nail salon and achieve beautiful feet right at home!

https://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/tips/a28092/how-to-get-great-feet-at-home/

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Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems.  A few facts about obesity:

  1. More than 1/3 of adults in America are obese.
  2. Obesity affects 1 in 6 children in the United States.
  3. Obesity is linked to more than 60 diseases.
  4. Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults.
  5. Your waist size increases your risk for diabetes.
  6. Obesity causes more deaths than being underweight.
  7. Obesity is costly; people with obesity pay over $1000 a year more in medical costs
  8. Ethnicity can affect your likelihood of obesity.
  9. Obesity is most common in middle age.
  10. Older women are more likely to be obese than men.
  11. Americans are eating more calories than ever before.

*Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/obesity-facts#1

The health risks associated with obesity are many; they include an overall increased risk of death from all causes, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, and mental illness.

Because obesity is associated with such a wide range of health issues, understanding the numbers behind this trend is more important than ever.

Currently, about 36 percent of American adults are obese — more than 1 in 3. And, globally, more than 1 in 10 humans are obese.

*Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319902.php

According to Everyday Health’s website, here’s what you can do to lose weight or avoid becoming overweight or obese:

  • Eat more fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.
  • Exercise, even moderately, for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Cut down your consumption of fatty and sugary foods.
  • Use vegetable-based oils rather than animal-based fats.

So walk a little more, eat a little less — and do what you need to do to maintain a healthy weight.

*Everyday Health: https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/obesity-prevention.aspx

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During a meeting of legislators, a congressperson asked the question – “Who represents patients who are affected by obesity?” It was then that a legislator pointed out a serious need – a group whose only focus is on those affected by obesity. With this, the Obesity Action Coalition was formed in 2005 with the goal of building a national coalition of those who are living with and/or affected by obesity.

The OAC is a more than 58,000 member-strong 501(c)(3) National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. Their core focuses are to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health and offer a community of support for the individual affected.

For more information on OAC, visit their website at https://www.obesityaction.org

 

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I’ve always loved true crime stories, so when I discovered true crime podcasts, I was hooked.  I found myself listening to the various ones that were recommended as the best of best.

But then I discovered the more I listened to these stories about missing persons, cold cases and blatant injustices, the more I sought more, and the more they cast a dark cloud over my soul.  I’m prone to the blues as it is, and I found the more I listened to some of the stories, the more doing so made me feel like there was nothing good in the world.  That the people in this world were cruel and nothing is fair.

Unless you live under a rock, you know the stories in the news aren’t all that positive either.  On a regular basis, the media reports news stories with enough ammunition to chip away at your warm and fuzzy feeling if you let them; politics, crime, war, you name it.  The advent of 24-hour news programs a couple of decades ago brought with it the need to fill 24 hours with news.  Imagine you were told to stand on a stage and talk to an audience for 24 hours a day, seven days a week without stopping.  Would you be able to effortlessly fill the time with dialogue?

Because of the 24-hour news format, shock value is de rigueur.  Competition for top ratings among news programs gives way to fake news, sensationalism and overblown stories.  Where are the real stories? All of this can be really taxing on the minds of people taking it all in on a regular basis.

Then, there’s social media – where everyone posts, snaps, selfies, shares, tweets, likes, loves an abundance of information and photos you could probably do better without.  It can be a fun source of entertainment and interaction, but many of us would really be more productive if we had less of it.  Less is more.

Your body is fed by what you eat, but your mind and spirit is fed by what you hear, see and read.  Books, music, television shows, conversations and interactions with others, stories we are intrigued by on social media – whatever you continuously feed your mind and soul, your life will reflect what you’ve ingested – positive or negative.  This includes your inner conversations; are you being kind to yourself?

It’s important to unplug every now and then.  Hit the reset button. Log off of social media, put mobile devices away, turn off the television…and do something uplifting.  Read a book! Write a book!  Meditate, take a walk and enjoy nature.  Attend an exercise class or indulge in a hobby you’ve set aside.  Write down a list of positive things that are going on in your life, or the things you love about yourself or someone else.  Take yourself back to the days when an hour of news was enough.

When I began to notice my dark mood as a result of being consumed by the negativity of outside influences, I decided it was time to become more intentional about what I feed my mind and spirit.  Just as you make the decision to eat veggies, fruits and other healthy foods for your physical well-being, make it a point to feed your soul good things as well.

Let’s face it, you can’t change any of the stories in the news or the way of the world, but you can control your reaction to it.

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