Self-care is a need and should be treated as such. Self-care is not selfish, it is necessary to allow us to care for everyone else. It is traumatic to watch the live video footage of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s murder being shown all over social media and news stations. Watching this footage coupled with the extensive history of racism and injustice in this country has a psychological effect on us. PTSD is real. Anxiety is real. Distress is real. We must take care of ourselves. We are no good to others if we don’t take care of ourselves FIRST.
With that said, here’s one of our encouragement post on 5 Self-care activities you can do for 30 minutes or less. As women we wear many hats and our time is limited. Taking care of self must still be a priority and this list offers ways to incorporate self-care daily while still being everything you are to everyone you love. Everyone has 30 minutes that they can dedicate to themselves. If not, be intentional about finding a way to carve out 30 minutes for yourself. Practice daily self-care.
Another post that’s a friendly reminder of the importance of Self-care is Apply these 5 Techniques to Improve your Day. The past 2 days have been emotionally, mentally and physically taxing as we ruminate on what has occurred; what we can do to protect ourselves and our family; and what we can do to be apart of the shift needed to better our nation. In doing this, some themes of hopelessness, anger, fear, trauma, defeat, confusion, injustice, frustration, and powerlessness occupy our thoughts; as well as, themes of hope, unity, love, family, strength, fortitude. Needless to say, our thoughts and feelings are all over the place and it’s overwhelming. In this post, you will find 5 techniques to help you get your mind right.
Last but not least, a part of our self-care during this time is being intentional about what we allow ourselves to see and hear. Taryn Finley, Black Voices Associate Editor of The Huffington Post has an amazing article, 5 Self-Care Practices Black People Can Use While Coping With Trauma. This article provides practical self-care strategies such as: turning video autoplay off on your social media pages, follow accounts tat inform and nurture you without force feeding your torturous details, and more.
In the words of Kendrick Lamar and Hezekiah Walker: Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright! It will get better!