:32 – The holidays are rough for a lot of people for a variety of reasons. For me, my father passed on Dec. 15, 2015, and his birthday is Christmas Day. The holidays haven’t been the same since. For others, it may be loneliness, or even feeling pressure to make sure all the needs of your friends and family are met during the holiday season. Whatever the reason, sometimes the holidays can be emotionally overwhelming.

If you search the internet you will see several different ways to cope. Today, we break down our top five.

13:25 – 300 Black Long Beach residents will receive free mind, body and soul kits. The kits are funded out of the Long Beach Black Health Equity Fund, and are designed to help the Long Beach Black community to stay strong and healthy during the pandemic.

The kits provide information on COVID-19 safety (mind); a free workout session with one of two partnering trainers (body)—Marcus Tappan (@mtappan_7) or Portia Ford (@pflexfit); and a gratitude journal and candlemaking kit (soul).

The kits target Long Beach Black female-identifying residents and are being distributed this weekend at the Craft and light studio, located at 5614 E. 2nd Street. To register for your kit, visit the Craft and light Art Studio here.