Stress, Lies, and Vacancy: The Self-care Guide to Refill Your Empty Vessel
Publisher: Ask Dr. RJ LLC
ISBN 10: 057857120X
ISBN 13: 978-0578571201
I Am My Sister’s Keeper...
It’s time to level up and embrace a self-care mindset. Refilling your empty vessel should be part of your newly learned behavior. For too long, Black women have spent the majority of our lives caring for others while ignoring our own personal health. We all need to take a break, refill, and recharge for overall happiness and better health. Unfortunately, the majority of us were never taught how to take care of ourselves and we have allowed the “superwoman myth” to penetrate our existence.
Stress, Lies, and Vacancy, is divided into three parts: Part I, Stress, deals with the negative effects of stress on the body and how to combat your stress triggers; Part II, Lies, presents stories of women who have bought into the societal myths of portrayals and the roles of Black women; Part III, Vacancy, provides insight and advice on dealing with relationships, trauma, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together and we can be a powerful force in our wellness shift. We must be willing to stand in the gap and be accountable to each other by encouraging one another to make self-care a priority and not be ashamed to seek therapy or take off the cape and mask. Stress, Lies, and Vacancy is your doctor’s order to end the cycle of a self-sacrifice mindset once and for all!
About the Author
Dr. Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne, also known as "Dr. RJ" is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Standard of Care Psychological Services, LLC, in Atlanta, GA. Dr. RJ brings a balance of science, practicality, wit, humor, and relatedness. Whether it's speaking at a women's conference, hosting a corporate retreat, or attending a grassroots community service event in the community, Dr. RJ is passionate about wellness and self-care. She advocates for those affected by emotional and behavioral issues and focuses on evidence-based, trauma-informed care, to improve the overall quality of life for clients. With many years of experience, Dr. RJ has mastered helping clients develop realistic, long-lasting, and life-changing goals. Dr. RJ attended North Carolina A&T State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, graduating with highest honors. Dr. RJ also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated while matriculating through NC A&T. After graduating she went on to earn her masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Dr. RJ has a special interest in treating trauma in victims of child sex trafficking and has partnered with two local Senators to eradicate this widespread atrocity. Dr. RJ was awarded a grant from the Fulton Dekalb Hospital Authority in order to prevent child sex trafficking at the primary level of intervention. In 2015, Dr. RJ was appointed by Chairman John Eaves of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to play an integral role on a task force to end the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. The task force has had monumental success and was applauded during a publicly broadcasted board meeting by the Board of Commissioners for their work. Dr. RJ has continued with the task force under the leadership of Chairman Rob Pitts. In addition, Dr. RJ was appointed to represent Fulton County Region 3 as an Advisory Council member to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.