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5 Basic Strategies to Reduce Stress

“Featured on the Love the Way You Live Podcast with Charlie Lewis on Episode 5 (Click here.)”

Posted by  | Oct 12, 2017 |  |

Take a moment and relax. Every second of your life counts, and you deserve to enjoy each of them.

Forget about escaping to that great getaway or even spending an evening at the spa.
There are so many other ways to remove the stress, and relax. Read with me as I show you some practical actions you can take- to bring calm back into your day.

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Holiday Relationship Rescue

By Joy Manning

Avoid Relationship Conflicts During the Hectic Holidays

If this is supposed to be “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” then why can’t you get through a single mall trip or holiday party without wanting to smack your spouse? The couples and families you see in movies may be caroling with the neighbors, smooching under mistletoe, and wrapping gifts in a state of yuletide bliss, but that’s not real life. For most people, schedules only get tighter and wallets just seem to get thinner between Black Friday and New Year’s Day. That added pressure can damage your relationship, sucking the fun out of the festivities and sowing the seeds for resentment in the year ahead.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We asked top relationship therapist Argie Allen, PhD, how to navigate some of the most common pitfalls that cause rifts between couples over the holidays. With her tips, you’ll be able to enjoy that glass of eggnog—without wanting to throw it in your husband’s face.

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Hair-Saving Gym Tricks for African-American Women

Jené Luciani

Some days it can feel like you have to choose between your body or your hair: You can go for a run but sabotage the awesome blowout you just got or skip the gym to avoid a potentially bad hair day but miss out on all the muscle-toning, calorie-burning, health-boosting benefits of a workout.

While this choice affects every woman, African-American women in particular may forgo their spin class for fear of ruining an expensive straightening treatment or time-consuming style, a recent study found.

Forty percent of black women have at one time avoided exercise for fear it would mess up their hair, researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine report. One reason may be pricey treatments: Sixty-two percent said they regularly had their hair relaxed, a chemical process that straightens tresses to make them more manageable but also makes them more fragile, especially when washing. Women also expressed concerns about sweating out their hairstyle; the time to wash, dry, and style their hair; and scalp itching.

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A Black Man’s Guide to Good Health

A checklist of things for Black men to screen for by age


Brothers, be honest. Do you go to the doctor regularly? You take care of your family; you take care of work matters, but what about yourself?

“Men aren’t judged by whether they are healthy; they are judged by whether they contribute financially to their households, pay child support and are active participants in their families and communities,” says Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and health at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Research on Men’s Health. If they can do those things, they are unlikely to see a reason to go to a doctor, Griffith says.

But, Black men need to see a physician, regardless of whether they are feeling under the weather, he adds. “It is critical to try and develop a relationship with a doctor’s office or clinic because many health issues that are important can only be detected by looking at changes in health over time.”

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Getting Serious About African-Americans and Heart Health

With the number of deaths increasing, it’s time we protect our hearts.


February is Heart Month, so we caught up with William A. Cooper, M.D., Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at WellStar Health Systems in Marietta, GA, and author of Heart Attack: Truth, TragedyTriumph to discuss why cardiovascular issues are prevalent in the African-American community. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer and stroke is the leading cause of death for all Americans, but for blacks the risks of getting those disease are even higher. And among blacks age 20 and older, 44.4 percent of men and 48.9 percent of women have cardiovascular disease. Dr. Cooper breaks down why our hearts have so many issues and how we can combat these problems.

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