COVID-19 has had a major impact on our everyday lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the pandemic has caused many people to face challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. The CDC further notes public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.
Baltimore native Dr. Stacey R. Stanley has authored a motivation journal that she says gives valuable tips and information to help cope with the stress some have experienced as a result of COVID-19 and other challenges.
“I understand the hardships of experiencing a change and having to adjust,” said Dr. Stanley. “COVID-19 has taught me how to balance better, complete tasks, and focus on my mental health and physical well-being. When you are a working person and you have to parent, juggle multiple tasks, and other re- responsibilities, it’s hard to take time-out just to relax. The book is a 52-week guided motivation journal that teaches us about Relaxing, Relating, Releasing, Rejoicing, and Reflecting, which I call the Five Rs.”
She added, “Journaling is not something you always have to do every day, but it helps us to be mindful and aware of our self-care. The journal is a wonderful tool in helping its reader to look at a week that they would like to start a new shift in their life and what they want to do more of and what they want to do less of. It’s important to keep track of that. Sometimes, we don’t know that we are overdoing things, or not doing enough of something.”
Xpressions Mentoring and Consulting’s Motivation Journal is a 52-week guide to creating a more positive life. Designed to inspire self-exploration and growth, the motivation journal includes powerful quotes, a weekly goal and gratitude worksheet, and notes.
“This motivation journal is your first step to creating positive habits that will change your life,” said Dr. Stanley. “It will help its reader to focus on what they need to do in a week’s timeframe instead of doing so much in one day. Everything we do goes back to what we do more of and what we do less of. We have weekly highs and weekly lows the Journal helps us focus on.”
She continued, “Keeping track of that through the journal will help it’s reader to see some days will be very productive. Other days will seem unproductive and make us feel as if we are not accomplishing our goals. It’s okay to feel that way. We have to be realists. You can do everything in one day.”
The 42-year-old said the book highlights the importance of gratitude and gratefulness. “Gratitude is noted in the book. Being able to do something for someone else is key. The journal helps its reader to acknowledge something they did or want to do for someone else. The book also talks about being grateful and realizing we have so much to be thankful for. If we don’t write those things down, we can’t reflect on them. Writing them down allows us to rate ourselves. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves, we are unable to push ourselves like we could. Only you can rate yourself when it comes down to your intentions. I used this same concept when I was completing my doctoral program. Some- times, we get overwhelmed with everything we need to get done. This was a tool that helped me to get to the finish line.”
Dr. Stanley is a graduate of Milford Mill High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a doctorate in General Psychology from Capella University. She is the founder of Xpressions Mentoring and Consulting, which targets females ages six to 21. The vision of Xpressions Mentoring and Consulting is to create a healthy mental and physical path in girls and young women to help them reach their goals by helping them to develop their social skills, building their self-confidence, inspiring them to bring about positive social change, and them for independent living.
Dr. Stanley has also authored a new children’s book entitled “All About Me Can’t You See? “
“The book focuses on social and emotional development, and targets children ages Pre-k through fifth grade,” she said. “It was created during the height of COVID-19 when children were less likely to make new friends, play sports, attend family gatherings, or participate in other activities. These are some of the things that make childhood fun.”
Dr. Stanley also hosts a free weekly event called Dr. Stacey’s Social Hour via Zoom for children in Pre-K through grade one. Further details can be obtained by calling (410) 705-4522.
Dr. Stanley said “Xpressions Mentoring and Consulting’s Motivation Journal” sells for $25 on AMAZON, and sales are going well. For more information or to purchase a copy call (410) 908-1429, or visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0 8MSMP323/ref=cm_sw_r_em_ apa_fabc_GKP2AXZPK0WNN M4JMK6D?_encoding=UTF8 &psc=1.