5 Reason Vacations are Crucial for your Mental Health

Every day we report to work and focus on what we need to do in order to succeed in our careers. We schedule appointments, meet deadlines, and fry our brains for hours at a time. We do this daily resulting in stress, self-doubt, and frustration. We get flustered, forget things, and sometimes take shortcuts instead of completing assignments the right way. We’ve all been there, that’s why this blog post is critical. It hits home for a lot of people who work and need a break from life. It’s important to give our minds a rest, as a matter of fact, it should be a requirement.

I know people that run off of energy drinks, works two or three jobs for years at a time and have no idea what it means to take a vacation. These people can be grumpy, lose insight on their goals, and forget their purpose in life, all because they don’t take a break from work. Taking our mind and body away from our work space does a lot for our mental health. Everyone should take a vacation at least once a year. If you can squeeze in two vacations per year that’s great, and if you can go more than twice a year, you’re doing better than most Americans! I conducted some research and read that thirty-five percent of Americans will take a vacation this year, are you a part of that 35 percent?

In May, I went on a cruise. This was my first time cruising and I must say I enjoyed the experience. The hubby and I met people from different parts of the world, and I visited some cool islands all within seven days. It was nice, well needed, and made me sad when it was time to return home.

Travel Agent Central Stats: 35 Percent of
Americans to Take Family Vacations This Year – by Newsdeck 

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How Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs Help with Mental Health

New patients admitted into a psychiatric facility sometimes struggle with understanding the process of being in a hospital. Many
living-room-728731_1920patients think they are okay after taking a dose of medications, and participating in two or three mental health groups. It’s common to hear patients say: It was a mistake, I wasn’t really going to hurt myself, or I don’t need to be here. However, when someone is reluctant to obtain treatment, it becomes difficult to educate them about mental health. Patients meet with a psychiatrist and other mental health professions while at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. During their inpatient stay, they will learn about coping skills, positive thinking skills, recreational skills, and have the ability to express their stressors and how to manage them. Patients are estimated to stay on an inpatient unit for seven to fourteen days. This is short compared to how long patients stayed in psychiatric hospitals decades ago. However, upon discharge, patients receive resources that will help them with treatment on a different level of care. Ongoing treatment typically is long term and helps patients process their mental health issues outside of a hospital setting.

There are programs across Maryland that assist patients with daily living skills. These skills can range from simple task like getting dressed, to difficult task like locating a job or identifying triggers. Patients discharged from an inpatient facility or have a difficult time with stressors in life, may be referred to a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP). These programs give patients emotional and intellectual structure that is required to improve in their day-to-day living skills.

Some individuals live by themselves and have little to no family support. Families who are supportive, are not always available to provide a person what they need to manage their mental illness.  When clients are in a PRP, families have a sense of security knowing their loved one is learning the necessary tools to control their mental illness. Here are a few things that are structured at a PRP: Continue reading “How Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs Help with Mental Health”

How Coloring Relieves Stress

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Have you ever wondered why kids enjoyed coloring? I use to think it was a great way to keep them quiet. As a parent, it works in many ways. Those moments of quiet time while coloring is priceless! Unless your child prefers to talk and ask thousands of questions while coloring. If so, then that’s okay too! But overall coloring displays creativity, and almost all children are proud of their coloring once they are done. It’s nice to post it on the refrigerator or somewhere in your office. It’s a nice piece of art, despite what the end results may look like.

Years ago when I worked on a child inpatient psychiatric unit, our patients love to color. It was a way to start the day after they ate breakfast or during goals group. Coloring was a way to keep them calm and refrain from distractions. Most of the times the task worked, and other times it was challenging but overall, the patient’s enjoyed coloring. It was a good coping skill and most importantly it broke the ice especially when a new patient was admitted to the unit.

Some patients took their time, staying in the lines and outlining prior to shading in the photo, others colored carelessly, overall it was therapeutic to them and to some, it was quite rewarding. Shy patients became expressive by telling stories and others talked about social events. I was amazed of how a simple task gave the opportunity for children to express themselves emotionally.

There were times when I’d join in and color with them, it was easier to ask questions and engage in conversation whenever I participated in the same activity. Often times it made me think about my childhood days. I colored all the time when I was by myself. I remember when I was a kid, my uncle and I coloring pages from my coloring book on my grandma’s living room floor. His picture was neat because he stayed in the lines. The white photo came to life with vibrant colors. He shaded the picture perfectly and it wasn’t long before I compared my picture to his. Our conversation was minimum he asked me about school and common things an adult would ask an elementary student. My uncle passed a few years later it’s amazing how that moment stays in my mind til this day. Continue reading “How Coloring Relieves Stress”

Belle Imagery Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words!

FullSizeRender 41 copy 7Elena Felton was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She was fascinated by photography at a young age. Her parents introduced her to a camera at 10 years old and from that moment, her world changed. Her father was her first client, she took pictures of him whenever he wasn’t paying attention, she also took pictures of her toys, flowers, and relatives. She admired everything about her camera, especially the clicking noise! After graduating from undergrad, she purchased her first camera, a Nikon D3200 which was two years ago, after she turned her passion for photography into a career. Her photos are elegant and vibrant with a touch of soft colors and amazing details. She’s work with clients around the DMV area and recently collaborated with local vendors in Baltimore to host her work. Elena’s is the founder of Belle Imagery Portraits, an up and coming business in the Baltimore area. She is my May Inspirational Woman of the Month!

What inspired you to do photography?

The beauty of people’s stories I capture on camera. I love fashion! I get a lot of my photographic inspiration from fashion magazines. Editorial photography is a passion of mine along with wedding photography. It’s my goal to create my own magazine filled with beautiful images of women.

How many hours does it take for you to do a photo shoot and edits?

Photographing a wedding can be anywhere from 7-12-hours and editing can be a 1-2-week process. For a small portrait shoot, the work is similar but less time consuming, it also depends on how many photos I take. Continue reading “Belle Imagery Photography”

Jenell B Stewart

Natural hair is on the rise…get ready world!

IMG_2846I have been natural for YEARS, but I typically repeat the same hairstyles. I view YouTube videos and blogs all the time, but there was something unique about Kinky Curly Coily Me, a website that provided information on products, hair care, how to styles, the whole nine yards! This website was a one stop shop for all of my questions about natural hair. I was honored when the creator of this site, agreed to answer a few questions about her transition from relaxed to natural hair. She has an authentic relationship with her viewers, she tells it like it is, and after one video you WILL learn a thing or two about hair care.

Kinky Curly Coily Me

To my surprise, Jenell B Stewart is a brand. Her Kinky Curly Coily Me website is just one of her many projects. This woman is slaying the Internet with her Youtube channel, blog, her daughter’s online boutique, and her new podcast she started in 2016. Later this year, she plans to launch a webinar about building an online presence. I follow her podcast on iTunes, (also available on Sound Cloud), her podcast talks about weight loss, marriage, entrepreneurship, and just about anything her listeners ask. She makes herself available to her audience allowing some of the questions to be the topic of her podcast. I thought this was great because she interacts with her audience, which makes her podcast personable for anyone who is listening. I have binged listen to the podcast this weekend while at the gym and doing my hair. I told a few people about the valuable information she puts out there for her viewers. Her goal is to inspire women to better themselves, and I must say she is on the right path! Continue reading “Jenell B Stewart”