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5 Takeaways from My Mind Is My Business Event

Entrepreneurs, you know that your mind is your business, right? I’m sharing five takeaways from My Mind Is My Business Mental Wellness Conference!

Thursday night concluded the event presented by The LM Experience and its CEO LaKisha M. Mosley. It was so good I had to write about it. As I have shared with you all, I suffer from Bipolar disorder. So I would have been interested in attending anyway, but I was honored to be a part of a panel for the three-day event, so I attended each night.

It’s crazy how relatable my story was to many women who spoke or the subject they spoke of. And many times, it was like receiving confirmation of some of my most insistent thoughts. I also liked the fact that while we discussed our problems, we also discussed solutions. Some of the ladies broke down some really implementable strategies. Below are my five takeaways from the event.

Advocate for yourself.

Advocating for ourselves is a vital aspect of overall well-being, and it holds particular significance for Black women and their mental health. In a society that has historically marginalized and overlooked their experiences, it is crucial for Black women to prioritize their mental health and actively advocate for it.

We are allowed to feel what we feel.

Now I am not a therapist, but I can say the following. Our emotions are an intrinsic part of being human, and they play a crucial role in shaping our experiences and understanding of the world. It is essential to embrace and acknowledge our feelings because they provide valuable insights into our needs, desires, and values. Emotions serve as powerful guides, helping us navigate through life’s challenges, make decisions, and build meaningful connections with others. Whether it’s joy, sadness, anger, or fear, each emotion carries a unique message and serves a purpose in our personal growth and well-being. By allowing ourselves to feel and express our emotions authentically, we cultivate a deeper understanding of ourselves, foster empathy for others, and create a more authentic and fulfilling life. So, let us honor our emotions, for they are the language of our soul, guiding us toward a richer and more meaningful existence.

Practice boundaries.

Setting and respecting personal boundaries helps to establish a sense of self-worth and self-respect. By clearly communicating our limits and expectations, we ensure that our needs are acknowledged and fulfilled, while also acknowledging the needs of others. Boundaries allow us to protect our time, energy, and emotions from being drained by excessive demands or toxic interactions. They empower us to make decisions that align with our values and prioritize our own physical and mental health. Practicing boundaries fosters healthy communication, enhances trust, and creates a sense of safety within relationships. It enables us to establish a healthy balance between giving and receiving, promoting mutual respect and understanding. Ultimately, setting boundaries is an act of self-care and self-empowerment that promotes healthy connections and contributes to a more fulfilling and balanced life.

Self-awareness can help you enforce those boundaries.

When we possess self-awareness, we have a deep understanding of our own needs, values, and limits. This self-knowledge allows us to identify and communicate our boundaries effectively. By being aware of our emotions, physical sensations, and personal values, we can recognize when someone crosses our boundaries and respond accordingly instead of just snapping off. Self-awareness empowers us to assertively communicate our boundaries to others, advocating for our well-being and protecting our mental, emotional, and physical health. Additionally, it enables us to assess situations and relationships more objectively, making informed decisions about who and what deserves our time, energy, and attention. Ultimately, self-awareness serves as a guiding compass, helping us establish and reinforce healthy boundaries in all aspects of our lives.

The Do Not Disturb setting is a mental health tool.

It is what it is! Literally! The Do Not Disturb setting on our devices has emerged as a powerful tool for safeguarding our mental health in the digital age. With constant notifications and alerts vying for our attention, it can be overwhelming and distracting, leading to increased stress and anxiety. By enabling the Do Not Disturb mode, we create a virtual sanctuary, granting ourselves uninterrupted time for focus, relaxation, and self-care. This setting allows us to reclaim control over our attention, setting boundaries with technology and promoting a healthier balance between our online and offline lives. By prioritizing moments of solitude and quiet, the Do Not Disturb feature becomes a valuable ally in fostering mental well-being and cultivating a more mindful and intentional relationship with technology. If you know me, you know my phone stays on Do Not Disturb.

Overall, My Mind Is My Business was a great experience. Stay tuned for next year’s event by following @thelmexperienceco.

Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska "Fancy" Felder is the founder/publisher/EIC of SwagHer Magazine. She is a -Single mother of 3 -Libra - Trapping scribe -Lover -Mental health advocate - Country girl -Proud, liberated Black goddess ________________________________________ Long Bio: Francheska “Fancy” Felder is the owner of Fancy’s Thoughts and the award-winning publisher and editor-in-chief of SwagHer Magazine, a lifestyle and empowerment publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real in life and business. The magazine doubles as a PR boutique offering public relations services and visibility coaching, and Fancy strategically executes brand campaigns for Black women CEOs, coaches, and authors. The former teen mom started the company in 2010 while working as an exotic dancer, but soon after, her love for empowering Black women led her to abandon that lifestyle. She has received awards for her work as a positive news publisher and journalist telling the stories of Black women and other informative news that the Black community finds relevant, including the severe topics of Black mental health and domestic violence. The podcast she co-hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis, Theories & Thoughts, also continues these conversations. Fancy publicly speaks about her battle with bipolar disorder with hopes of helping others begin their wellness paths. She also shares her mental health story in contribution to the I Am a Black Woman- Next Level anthology, an Amazon Best-Seller. In the summer of 2022, RallyUp Magazine, a mental health magazine, featured Fancy as their cover story, where she opened up about receiving her diagnosis. The McComb, Mississippi native is part of Facebook’s independent journalism project, Bulletin, where she publishes The Higher South, and she was a member of the NABJ Entrepreneur Academy powered by CafeMedia in 2021. The Glambitous Guide to Self-Love, Peace, and Confidence contributor is an avid learner and creative. Currently, she is attending Southern University A&M College, completing her bachelor's degree and rearing her three young adults. Fancy enjoys learning more about spirituality, Black history, and feminism in her free time, along with yoga and walking.

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