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I Love My Job, But Not The Anxiety




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Today it’s not uncommon to hear conversations around mental health. Black women have become advocates for therapy, healing from past traumas and childhood wounds, and adopting self-care as a normal routine. But when it comes to our wellness in the workplace, we’ve been slow to remove our superwoman capes. 

Inspired by the recent xoNecole article,  “I Took A Two-Month Leave From Work For My Mental Health”, the Happy Hour squad shares the story of an Entertainment Director who was forced to take a two month stress leave from work.  And she’s not the only one who put her mental wellness on the backburner. In this episode, the ladies share their different encounters with anxiety while on the clock. From Necole feeling burned out from the acquisition and expansion of xoNecole and Sheriden becoming a slave to her inbox, to Amer working in a no-days-off environment with tough management to match, each story is a reminder of the importance of putting yourself first. And thanks to advice from clinical psychologist Dr. Ayanna Abrams, you’ll learn how to fill your cup instead of your to-do list.



Things you will learn in this episode:


  • How Dr. Ayanna Abrams suggests we create boundaries at work

  • How the Happy Hour hosts have navigated anxiety and panic attacks

  • How FMLA protects you to take time away from your job for mental health reasons

  • How to verify your FMLA with a doctor

  • Why breathing and counting can slow your body down

  • What exactly happens in our bodies during moments of panic and anxiety

  • Mindfulness exercises to practiceThe 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 exercise for slowing down your body 


Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

Therapy for Black Girls

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Psychology Today

Therapy for Black Men

Zocdoc


Dr. Ayanna Abrams contact information

Practice: https://ascensionbehavioralhealth.com/

Instagram: @dr_ayanna_a


xoNecole articles mentioned:

I took a two-month leave from work for my mental health


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