How to Practice Mindfulness During the Holidays

What do the holidays mean to you? Do you take time during this season to practice mindfulness? As a child, my answers to these questions were simple. It meant two weeks (or more) of vacation, in which I was free to read, play, and rest at leisure. As far as mindfulness, I didn’t know what […]

Portia Jackson, DrPH

How to Create Change in Your Work, Health, and Relationships

Recently, I wrote a series of posts on how to get out of your own way. Many of us want to see change in our lives, but when it comes down to the work, we aren’t motivated to do it. Whether this pertains to work, relationships, or health, all of us have at least one […]

How to find your health plan using the U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace

For those of you who are self-employed, unemployed or work for a company with fewer than 50 employees, November 1, 2015 is an important date. This is the beginning of open enrollment for the U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace (formerly known as the exchange). Healthcare.gov is home to all of the information you need to find out […]

Take a pulse check: Are you taking care of your body?

Are you prioritizing your health, or are you neglecting it? This article provides tips to help you take a pulse check, and identify one area of your life that you can improve now. We are so busy in our everyday lives with responsibilities to our jobs, families, and community. Additionally, we are exposed to stressors that […]

Self-care and Social Justice

In light of recent events, could the constant exposure to instances of social injustice contribute to burnout? What is the emotional toll of consuming this information on a daily basis? More importantly, how can those who are working to address these events, as well as those who are affected by them, take steps towards self-care? Burnout […]

In the midst of victory and defeat, the fight continues

This week has been filled with ups and downs. At 1:00 am Wednesday morning, a fire was reported at Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, home to 85 parishioners–the majority of whom are African-American. The damage is estimated at $250,000. While some contemplate whether or not this was a hate crime, the weary cry out […]

We Must Rebuild: Black Lives Matter. Your Life Matters

It feels like only yesterday that I spoke with David Person on WEUP-94.5 FM/1700 AM in Huntsville, Ala., calling for self-care in an endless cycle of destruction on the Black psyche. We were in the midst of the Baltimore riots. I grew up hearing about four little girls who lost their lives in 1963 while in […]