There has been a lot of tragedy this past week about the killing and injustices of black people. As a black person, these incidents do not only take a toll on our hearts and bodies but our mental health as well. African Americans are 20 percent more likely to have severe psychological distress than Whites are. Over 6.8 million blacks and African Americans have been diagnosed with a mental illness.
We must protect our mental health by taking care of ourselves. This includes talking to professionals, logging off social media, and others taking time to practice self-care.
These are some of my favorite ways to practice self-care:
This is not my fav. But working out can release stress from your body and your mind. I like to take a nice walk around my neighborhood while listening to one of my favorite podcasts. Some people like to do yoga or run, but whatever makes you feel good, DO THAT.
Who doesn’t love a nap?!?! Naps are the best. Sleep literally resets the body and the mind. Get a pillow and a blanket and catch those Z’s
These are some of my favorite ways to self-care. Honestly, it doesn’t matter how you are practicing self-care as long as you are properly taking care of yourself. As we continue to fight for the justice of our fallen brothers and sister, we must remember that we cannot talk care of anyone unless we take care of ourselves.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.