By Shanice Brim
These past few days have felt unreal. The amount of news coming in from mourning families, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc has been dizzying. It’s been so hard to maintain this week. Let alone to attempt to figure out where we go from here. It’s always important for Black people to take care of their mental health. It’s always important for us to practice self-care. But in moments like these it’s that much more necessary. The stress we hold within us on a day to day basis is lethal and we have got to take care of ourselves. Here’s a list of ways to decompress.
1. Seek out healing spaces, rallies, or vigils.
Beatbox Botanicals and Harriet’s Apothecary are hosting a healing village in Brooklyn on July 16th and 17th and there are also events in L.A.
2. Take a moment to breath. If you have never tried meditation before there are apps that can teach you how to do it.
Stop, Breathe, Think is an app from a non-profit called Tools For Peace. It also offer guided meditations. It’ll teach you how to meditate and offers different meditations for different moods. It’s also really great because it recognizes that not everyone falls into the gender binary so there’s an option to identify yourself as neither male nor female.
Headspace has 10 free lessons in meditations. I learned how to meditate through this app. It’s very helpful
4. Go offline.
5. Spend time with someone.
6. Watch Your Favorite Black Films or Shows. Celebrate Black Music.
It’s hard right now for all of us, but it’s important that we take care of ourselves. Protect your heart. Protect your space. Do you what you need to do get to where you want to be emotionally. We have a long road ahead of us.
Shanice Brim is a 25 year old New Yorker by way of Alabama, New Jersey and California. She’s an avid reader, Beyoncé enthusiast and fan of the film Clueless.