self-care

THE 411 ON CELERY JUICE

Happy Sunday + Happy New Year, too! I know it’s been a while since a new DARLA post has been published. As EIC, I’ve been real focused on my health and nurturing my wealth of knowledge. During this time of thorough self-care and a lil grind, I’ve published a poetry book, joined a dance class that focuses on balancing energy flow, worked with some inspiring creators, created an E-book of 21 plant-based recipes, curated some playlists, and read lots of books (naturally) — all of which I’ll be sharing details on, later… But what I’m thrilled to tell you about today is how I’ve been drinking HELLA celery juice.

THE 411 ON CELERY JUICE

ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: A CONVERSATION WITH EDITOR + ACTIVIST, DEBORAH SANTANA

DARLA recently had the opportunity to speak with Deborah Santana, a transformative leader with decades of social activism work aimed to provide opportunities and access for people of color, women and girls. For one of her most recent artistic projects, she took on the role as Editor/Co-Publisher for the book, All The Women In My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom.

ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: A CONVERSATION WITH EDITOR + ACTIVIST, DEBORAH SANTANA

TO LIVE + S.L.A.Y. (SELF-LOVE AND YOGA) WITH TEACHER, ADRIANA ADELE

It was an overcast afternoon, yet still one to appreciate during this new transition into fall, when I went to meet Adriana Adelé for tea and a conversation about her experiences as a yoga instructor. I first came across Adriana’s work on Instagram during a search to find a yoga studio and instructor to begin practicing with. As a black woman myself, Adriana’s account was one that instantly stood out to me for connection.

TO LIVE + S.L.A.Y. (SELF-LOVE AND YOGA) WITH TEACHER, ADRIANA ADELE

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

It’s been one year since singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko released a three part project, or M.A.P. (movie, album, and poetry book), that was created to guide her back to her purest, most authentic form. In a mission statement for the project, Jhené discussed how when she lost her brother, Miyagi Chilombo, to an inoperable brain tumor in 2012, she also lost herself… And that over the years, she has used writing and creating music as therapy while taking, both physical and drug-induced, trips to escape anything too familiar that could remind her of her brother’s absence.

A HEALING TRIP WITH JHENE AIKO'S M.A.P. PROJECT

#SELFCARESERIES: DEVELOPING HEALTHY SLEEPING HABITS

Whenever you find yourself feeling off-balanced and out of sorts, the cause can usually be discovered within the ways you've been taking care of yourself. It's no secret that our eating and sleeping habits have a direct correlation to the way we feel and are, arguably, the most important aspects of our lives... But somehow we still find it hard to maintain healthy patterns in these areas; especially sleep.

#SELFCARESERIES: DEVELOPING HEALTHY SLEEPING HABITS

#SELFCARESERIES: 7 KEYS TO SERENITY BY SERGE MAZERAND

In a world of massive disruption and distraction, of obsessive connection to the internet and to our devices, ironically, we have come to lose the most important connection: the relationship with our essential self. In subtle and less subtle ways, this disconnect creates significant stress and anxiety that often lead to illness.

So, how do we reconnect?

#SELFCARESERIES: 7 KEYS TO SERENITY BY SERGE MAZERAND

#SELFCARESERIES PART 3: DARLA + FRIENDS SELF-CARE ROUTINES

Still stuck on what types of self-care routines you can practice? Don’t worry, a few DARLA contributors + creative friends are willing to share some insight to their self-care routines for part three of our series. All practices vary from physical, mental/emotional, spiritual and social. Check them out below and join in on the conversation this week via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @DARLAmedia!

#SELFCARESERIES PART 3: DARLA + FRIENDS SELF-CARE ROUTINES

#SELFCARESERIES PART 2: DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF-CARE

In part one, we discussed what self-care is, its importance, how it can differ for people and situations, and the four categories (physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, and social). Now, it’s time to explore those categories, and what we can actually do to practice self-care.

#SELFCARESERIES PART 2: DIFFERENT TYPES OF SELF-CARE

CHANGE STARTS WITHIN YOU BY CORTNEY MCDERMOTT

Reading Change Starts Within You by Cortney McDermott was an eye-opening experience for me; the book was exactly what I needed for where I am in my life. In addition to basic positive psychological principles, Cortney provides fun, simple exercises that you can utilize to change your life and reach an accomplished place of Timbuktu (wherever that might be for you). Here, along with some of my favorite parts from reading, are some of my personal reflections inspired by the book.

CHANGE STARTS WITHIN YOU BY CORTNEY MCDERMOTT

#SELFCARESERIES PART 1: WHAT IS SELF-CARE?

When many people think of self-care they may think of face masks, meditation, pedicures, or even #WineWednesdays. While those all can be valid ways to practice self-care, do we really know what it means?

DARLA has decided to tackle the topic of self-care to give you all the ins and outs in a four part series for November:

#SELFCARESERIES PART 1: WHAT IS SELF-CARE?