You Have What It Takes to Overcome Anxiety

Did you miss me? It’s been over a year since my last real post, I have allowed negative self-talk, doubt, and even fear to keep me from doing what I truly love. I have wanted to post for a while, in fact, I have written numerous blogs that I have yet to post. Why? Because I told myself no one cares about what you have to say, people only want to read about your natural hair journey. But, after an amazing weekend away I realized I do have something, I have to work on speaking life about me, even if one person reads this it’s totally worth it.  

So for my first post back, I want to share how I have been dealing with anxiety. Since I was a child I would sit in my room and analyze everything that happened that day. Constantly asking myself questions: “Why did I say that?”, and, “Why did they respond to me like that?” I was convinced that everyone hated me. I was reminded of this when I read a post By Holly Riordan, entitled “My Anxiety Convinces Me That Everyone Hates Meby Holly Riordan Just about everything she said I could relate to.

My anxiety makes me question everything. When someone compliments me, I question if they are being honest. If someone tells me they love me it’s hard for me to believe them. I question everything, it’s hard for me to understand why they would want anything to do with someone like me.

Recently, a friend said to me “I don’t understand how you can be a negative person and a believer?”  This stopped me in my tracks, I had no response. I never thought that my anxiety reflected so poorly on my faith. I am still navigating how to reconcile my faith and letting go of my anxiety.

I wanted to share some of the lessons I have learned in dealing with my anxiety. Check out a few coping Strategies. Try these when you’re feeling anxious or stressed.

  • Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  • Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
  • Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Check out the fitness tips below.
  • Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.
  • Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.
  • Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
  • Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.
  • Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.
  • Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help!!!

I am still learning ways to overcome my own insecurities. This year I have been more intentional about managing my emotions. If you have tips to share I would love to hear then leave a comment below!

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Textures & Tea II | 08.04.18

Textures & Tea II will be held on Saturday, August 4 this event is all about bringing together like-minded people for a candid conversation about Hair & Beauty.

Join Kayon Crosby of Nourish Your Curls Boutique, Melissa Albury of Shead and your host Aleka C. Thrash of NaturallyACTfor a fun-filled afternoon of candid conversations about hair, beauty all over a light meal.

What to expect?

  • Great Conversations (Real Talk)
  • Giveaways (Win products)
  • Shopping (Buy products)
  • Exchange products (*Bring those new or lightly used products and swap with other naturalistas.)

Who should attend?

  • Natural
  • Relaxed
  • Transitioning
  • *Everyone is welcome.

Located at Nourish Your Curls Boutique a locally only beauty store. Be sure to LIKE > Nourish Your Curls BoutiqueShead, and Naturally ACTon Facebook


Please Note: By entering the event, you agree that Naturally ACTACTPhotoMedia and affiliates will videotape and photograph you including your voice, conversation, and sounds. You also agree that your photo or a likeness of you may be used for promotional purposes without compensation to you.

TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE!

It is finished, Degreed up!

2012 – Graduation Ceremony

Let’s start from the beginning I graduated High School in 2001 after being told by multiple teachers that I would never earn my diploma let alone a degree. So, I’ve I had no plans to attend a college then I received multiple scholarships that covered my first year at a Community College. After two years of Community College I was preparing to attend an Art School in Georgia then my mom was diagnosed with MS so I didn’t feel comfortable moving away!

Fast forward to 2007 I moved to Grand Rapids to attend Cornerstone University. I was working two part-time jobs (45 hours a week) and taking 16 credit hours. At one point I had a 3.4 GPA this is significant because I was told that I would never be successful in college because I’m dyslexic.

I remember being in the 9th grade in front of my English class a teacher told me to drop out of high school get pregnant and go on welfare because I would never make it in the real world. My amazing mother’s removed me the school, and I connected with Mrs. Tami Wilburn who served as my advisor. She not only helped me go from “special Ed class” to mainstream classes, but she also helped me learn how to learn! Thank you, Mrs. Wilburn, for all you did for me in High School.

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My last semester at Cornerstone was the worst! I was doing two internships, working like crazy and taking a theology course. I was scheduled to take two summer classes that would have allowed me to walk in the May 2012 commencement ceremony. Shortly after graduation, I learned that I failed my classes! I gave up, I just didn’t have it in me to go back in the fall. So, I took an unintentional 5-year break! I kept saying I would go back and just didn’t want to deal with failure again…

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In 2016 I got a new job that was contingent upon me finishing my degree. I felt like it was Gods way of saying, ‘finish what you started’! I returned to school to retake my last 3 classes. Praise God I passed theology then failed my math class for the 4th time. Had a withdrawal from my stats class to avoid failing again. In 2017 I retook both the math class and statistics and passed with C+ I was praying for a D so God really came through! Although my GPA was not what I wanted to be nor did I finish on time but I finished what I started!!

This is just a part of my story! I can finally say I completed my undergraduate degree. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism: Visual Communication; its been a long, exciting, and at times very very frustrating journey. I want to encourage you to keep fighting the good fight, finish the race, and kept the faith.

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Even as I write this post I think of all the times that I failed, some were public failures somewhere private and I’m sure I will experience failure in the future, yet, that doesn’t mean give up. I encourage you to use it as an opportunity to learn, cry if you have to, seek out help, and try again I’m telling you it’s totally worth it!

Words can’t express how thankful I am for each and every person who encouraged me throughout the journey whether it was asking how homework was going, offering to help, or just reminding me that I simply can finish what I started!

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SAVE THE DATE | 11.11.17

Della Marie Levi of The Dream Big Sister Circle, and Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie and Aleka C. Thrash of Naturally ACT and ACTPhotoMedia Present the 3nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection.

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Event Features: Music, Workshops, Giveaways, Refreshments, Local Vendors, Panel Discussion, Special Guests, and so much more. Join us for a #NaturallyFabulous time!!! 

Our Purpose: To connect, support, and encourage naturals, as well as those considering and transitioning, by helping them embrace, who they were born to be. 

What Is A Natural Hair Meet Up: A natural hair meet up is a place where those, who have chosen styles that highlight their natural, unadulterated hair texture, gather to provide each other with support, resources and encouragement along the journey to embrace who they were born to be. It is also for people, who are considering returning to their natural hair texture and those, who want to know more about kinky, coily, loc’d or curly hair and how to care for it.

Click Link to Register: https://kinkyhairconnection3.eventbrite.com

Check Out Highlights from Last Year: www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/eventhighlights/

To Learn More About The Event Hosts:  www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/cofounders/

For inquiries or questions email us at: KinkyHairConnectionGR@gmail.com

 

 

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Benefits of Lavender Oil & How you can include it in your Hair Care Regimen

Lavender oil is one of my favorite essential oil because of its ability to calm. It’s often used in aromatherapy, known to help with stress, anxiety, acne, and even respiratory problems. Many don’t realize it also has great benefits for all hair types as well.

 

Let’s break down the benefits:

  • Lavender oil prevents hair shedding and improves blood circulation on the scalp which aids in hair growth.
    • Add Lavender essential oil to your deep conditioner for a nutrient boost.
    • For scalp massage, mix 8-10 drops in 2 Tbsp of warm extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Work it into the scalp with your fingers. I personally have used this as a pre-poo treatment, I leave it on my hair overnight to maximize its healing and nourishing properties while helping me sleep.
  • Lavender oil relieves stress providing restful sleep. You can cover your head with a head wrap or bonnet when you sleep, this makes a perfect overnight treatment be sure to wash your hair in the morning.

  • Do you suffer from an itchy, dry scalp? Lavender oil has powerful antiseptic qualities treating dry scalp, fungi, bacteria, and other microbes.
    • Massaging your scalp with a mix lavender oil can help.
  • Add few drops of lavender oil to any carrier oil like jojoba oil, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil. You can also add a few drops to your favorite shampoo, conditioner, or deep conditioner.
  • If you wear wigs try applying the lavender and coconut oil or jojoba oil-mix to your hair to help keep your scalp nourished underneath.

I believe Lavender oil is a must-have essential oil for improving your hair, skin, and overall health. Consider adding lavender oil to your daily regimen.

Disclaimer: Always dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil.


 


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Pre-Wash Day Style | NaturallyACT

So it’s almost 2:00am and I just took out my crochet pixie style. I needed to go to bed but didn’t have time to wash my hair. So I grabbed some of my favorite products, did a chunky twist-out and captured it all on my InstaStory! Hope You Enjoy!

Products use:
Mielle Organics Avocado Hair Milk
Q-Redew | Handheld Hair Steamer
Mielle Organics Edge Control

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CurlBox Natural February 2017 | Unboxing & Review | Honey Baby Naturals

 

This edition of curlBOX Natural was loaded with full-size products from Honey Baby Naturals. The key ingredient in every product is honey to moisturizer and strengthen your curls; I would even recommend it for your little ones. This curlBox natural did not disappoint!

Honeychild Moisture Balance Gentle Shampoo

This is sulfate-free shampoo that includes a blend of honey and chamomile to help soothes the scalp for a relaxing wash day experience that also restores moisture to the hair and dry scalp.

Sweet Softening Conditioner

Creamy conditioner that is infused with a blend of milk protein and honey designed to help hydrate coils and curls days after washing.

Honey Shea Butter Hair Smoothie

With ingredients like honey, shea butter, coconut, olive, sweet almond, sunflower seed, jojoba and carrot oils that promote hair glow. This smoothie smells delicious and provide great curl definition!

Knot My Honey Instant Detangler

 

As a natural with tight coils, a good Detangler comes in handy and this formula melts the knots allowing fingers to glide right through with minimal tangles. It’s also serves as a lightweight leave-in and can be used for daily maintenance on re-twisting and many other styles.

 

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Benefits of Including Hot Oil Treatment to your Haircare Regimen

Natural and kinky hair are prone breakage due to becoming dull and brittle. Hot oil treatments can be beneficial because the nutrients in the oil penetrate the hair follicles. I try to do a hot oil treatment twice monthly. You can do them weekly depending on the needs of your hair and scalp. Routinely applying hot oil treatments can:

Helps to mend split ends. When the oil is hot (warm) it penetrates into hair and soaks into split ends helping to them smooth them down. Note: don’t do this in lieu of trimming your ends but this will simply help to keep your ends together until you’re able to get them trimmed. (Once the hair has split it was it they can’t unsplit.)

Reduces dandruff and helps with eczema. If you have scalp issues such as a flaky scalp, dandruff, and eczema; a Hot oil treatment before you shampoo can help prevent dandruff and dry scalp.

Improve nourishment of hair follicles. I like to do my hot oil treatments with a with a scalp massager. This helps to increase the blood circulation and the hot oil soothes and moisturizes the scalp. The nutrients from the oils provide nourishment from the outside in, increasing the blood flow and improving nourishment from inside out.

Prevent breakage. Consistently doing a hot oil treatment along with deep conditioning will help to strengthen your hair and intern prevent damage from heat, styling, and coloring. There are so many things we do in our hair care routines that cause damage and breakage.

Prevent frizz and add shine to the hair. Oil treatments can help reduce frizz and promote shine without weighing down the hair. My scalp tends to be dry so I have learned that doing a hot oil treatment frequently (twice a month) has helped my hair not be so dry brittle and reduces breakage. However, be careful not to over do treatments, too much of a good thing can be bad. When you over-saturate your hair with oils you can cause your hair to become greasy and weighed down.

DIY recipe for a hot oil treatment.

I love to make my own home treatments; however, a few times a year I go to a professional stylist. It’s nice to have someone else wash my hair every now and again. I suggest trying the Pumpkin Pie Hot Oil Treatment from CurlMix it’s a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Box for Curly Hair which includes all natural ingredients, easy and expert-tested recipes which are then sent directly to your door for only $28 with my discount code:  NATURALLYACT

Tip: Apply the hot oil to the hair and massage it into the scalp with your fingertips or scalp massager as a pre-poo treatment. Apply a plastic cap for 15 to 20 minutes, or use hair steamer like a Q-Redew, then rinse hair thoroughly.


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