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Stress, Lies, and Vacancy: The Self-Care Guide to Refill Your Empty Vessel

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I Want It All Back

I Want It All Back is truly a gift to Dr. RJ’s readers. She summarized self-care in a few succinct pages along with charts and graphs. When stressed or overwhelmed, you’ll find yourself going back to this amazing resource over and over again.

Perfect Parenting

Children don’t come with a handbook. Let Dr. RJ be your guide.

 

Poor parenting advice is everywhere. Ask the toughest parenting questions in a safe, knowledgeable, and nonjudgmental setting.

 

There’s no exact formula but success is definitely attainable.

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How to Survive Holiday Stress

Article Dr. R. Johnson-Verwayne

Published November 23, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas carols, holiday cards, endless dessert, unlimited  parties, and don’t forget those unwanted visitors… stress, anxiety, and depression. For many of us, the holidays bring about the very opposite of what society suggests. By December 31st, at the stroke of midnight, we are drained and we swear to ourselves that next year will be different, but the cycle of stress, anxiety, and depression continues. Here are 12 ways to remain sane starting TODAY.   More>>

Mindfulness

 

Article Dr. Raushannah Johnson Verwayne

Published January 28, 2018

Greetings! Are you ready for a fresh start? As a mother, wife, business owner, social advocate and friend to many, I understand how life can get in the way of taking care of yourself, so I’m bringing the self-care to you! 

Wellness is essential to the soul. When I think of wellness, I think of a sound mind, a healthy body and a fulfilled spirit. I think of women who don’t feel the need to be everything to everyone, but instead focus on taking the time to enjoy the life they have worked so hard for. I think of men who don’t measure themselves by their occupation, but by how their mere presence strengthens communities. I think of children who have their basic needs of food, shelter, love and a quality education met consistently. I believe that communities are healthy when our children and elderly are well. More>>

About the Author

Dr. R. Johnson-Verwayne is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Standard of Care Psychological Services, LLC, in Atlanta, GA. She advocates for those affected by severe emotional and behavioral problems and focuses on evidence-based trauma informed care while helping the entire family. Dr. Johnson-Verwayne has over 10 years of experience helping clients develop realistic, long-lasting, and life changing skills to improve their quality of life.

The Power in the Practice of Mindfulness

Although the brain is complex, it requires regular maintenance in order to operate at its full capacity. Mindfulness is likened to closing the apps running in the background on a smart phone in order to increase speed and performance. Slowing down and living in the moment can actually improve the function of the mind, body, and overall life experience (Albeinz & Holmes, 2000). [More]

Summertime Safety: Beyond Bug spray, Bottled Water, and Backpacks

Summertime is known to be a time of relaxation, fun, family time, and long and lazy days. It is also a time when children are a little more independent, as they are off with friends, away at camp, on vacations and field trips, and learning and trying new things. Generally speaking, parents are prepared to send children on their adventures. Their backpacks are armed with bug spray, bottled water, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and with extras of everything just in case. But what is often missed is the opportunity to arm them with safety from those who may try to harm them. [More]

School Daze: The Impact of Poverty on Education

Our society tends to believe that if one works hard enough, they will do well. However, according to the recent census, two-thirds of people living in poverty are working 1.7 jobs. Many people work hard and are still not making it, not even for basic needs. [More]

Anything You Can Do I Can Do BETTER: Praise and Sense of Self in Children

It is a well-known fact that parenting does not come with a manual of standard procedure (which would indeed be helpful) and at times, various topics arise which make parents second-guess themselves. Recently, the topic of praise and narcissism has been at the forefront of social media and sensationalized pop-culture blogs. However, what is missing is an expert opinion on the matter based upon a combination of empiricism and years of experience with hundreds, even thousands of children. [More]

Sex Trafficking: It Could Happen to You

Sex trafficking is one of the most complex, under-investigated, and misunderstood issues today (Estes & Wiener, 2001). Not to be confused with willful prostitution, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines sex trafficking as "the recruitment, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age" (Kerry, 2013). [More]

Untreated ADHD: What's the Worst That Could Happen?

When children are appropriately diagnosed and treated, they can lead healthy, active, normal, fulfilling lives. They learn about their diagnosis and that having a disorder does not define them, they learn ways to control their behavior, they learn skills to prevent trouble, they learn self-control, and most of all they learn resilience. [More]