Getting yourself ready physically, spiritually, and mentally for the school year is essential for a successful year.
With each year comes another student more stressed out than previous years. A study done by the APA in 2017 showed that there was a 30% rise in students seeking appointments at counseling centers in the last 8 years. It also showed that 61% of those college students who seek counseling are asking advice on anxiety, depression, stress, family issues, academic performance, and relationships.
Educator, health and wellness expert, & personal trainer Tanesha Craig-Stewart drops gems for the everyday student how to manage stress, and how leaning on God is the answer to all of your anxiety.
In your career, what are some of the things that women stress out about with the new school year/new season approaching?
Wow. Stress can matriculate in many forms…family, children, job, career, further education, starting and sustaining a business… and the list goes on. For me, I am a Christian and I have faith to run this race we call life. With faith that I can do all things that God has equipped me to do, I am an expert when it comes to prioritizing my day and creating a moment to decompress daily. Those skills will help you manage stress better.
What are some key things that women can do to not fall trap to envy over someone else?
You must begin to love who God has made you and created you to be. So many times we are looking at the next woman and jealous of what she has or what she has done, but you don’t know the cost or sacrifice it took to get there. Embrace your journey, embrace your mistakes, and grow from them. Own your skills, invest in yourself and in your talents. There is purpose in you!
How can women stay motivated and focused on crushing their set goals for the upcoming school year?
One way to stay motivated in accomplishing your goals is never forgetting your “why”! What is the motivating force that gets you up every morning to do what you do? Never forget that!
What are some great affirmations you wrote in your book that can uplift women about their bodies?
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am whole. I am loved. I am complete. I am His (God). I am chosen . I am set apart. I am who God says I am. ( just a few)
Talk about your book and what motivated you to write it.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: 10 Affirmations on Body Image was birthed in January 2019. I am so proud of this work, because it is a transparent piece for me and it has reached my readers in a raw way. This book was written to empower men and women to love themselves and honor what God has created. Each one of us was made unique and in His image. We must honor and love our bodies and understand the value that which we carry.
Why did you decide to focus on lifestyle & wellness? What pushed you to where you are today?
Wow. I am not perfect in no way, shape, or form, but my Master (God) is. Knowing that God created me to make a difference in the lives of others through wellness has been such a journey these last six years. I have the opportunity to see people live again, hope again, accomplish things they said they could never or would never do mentally, physically, spiritually. That is my reward.
Any advice for women about transforming their minds & bodies.
Before you lose the weight, you must train your mind. How do you do that? By speaking LIFE ! Speaking life over your health, your body, your situation. We have to start with healthy thinking. Speaking affirmations, believing that you deserve a better way of life. Many women don’t believe that they deserve a better way of life; a healthier way of life! We must speak life over our mind and the body will follow. Remember, living a healthy lifestyle is a marathon. Take it one step at a time!