As I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, my heart in my stomach, and my nerves stinging through my veins because of what my world is going through at the moment I am compelled to speak to you about protecting your mental health and speak peace in your life.
It took a while for me to realize that there may be events in our lives that we do not pay attention to and how it may affect us. I am so sorry for what is happening to our BLACK MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN!! We are not treated equally, fairly, or just simply because of the color of our skin. I hope I do not lose the following I have built because I am speaking my voice for what is happening to my people. If you haven’t noticed, I am black. My son is black. My husband is BLACK. I AM AFFECTED. #GeorgeFloyd
Did you know: Adults with Any Mental Illness (AMI) is 18.57%, equivalent to 45 million Americans (Mental Health America, 2020).
Due to the events of the pandemic we’ve just experienced, the struggle to get our businesses back on track financially, the COUNTLESS number of deaths of black men and women as well as inequalities African-Americans face in business on a daily, we may not know how to effectively deal with this level of stress. I have provided a few points listed below and I ask that you implemented them immediately.
Let’s support and agree with each other to keep this going.
1)Engage in Meditation and Prayer: Whether you are individual who falls on your knees and cry out or a person who burns sage or a person who processes your energy through the universe with crystals, engaging in something that will calm your spirit will allow you to gain clarity, focus, and strength from any situation may be impacting you as a whole.
2) Self-Care Days: Yes!! Schedule your appointment with your local spa service. Get that deep tissue massage you deserve and do it NOW! If you are a woman who is looking to save a little bit of cash, that is completely understandable; therefore, make your bathroom your oasis. You can easily do this by running a nice hot bath, add a cup of lavender Epsom salt, bath oil, light a candle (or two or several), turn on your favorite calming music and enjoy. This is also a perfect time to add a facial mask and pour a fresh glass of wine.
3) Journaling & Goal Writing: As easy as this sounds, many of us seem to be too busy to take time out of our days to write. Trying taking 20 minutes of your day either in the morning or at night just before bed to jot down your thoughts, next steps, and goals. I have learned that placing things in writing makes it real! Once you are done writing, read it out loud and allow your thoughts to repeat in the universe.
4) Talk to someone: The stigma of talking to a therapist is long gone. You deserve to speak and allow your voice to be heard. A therapist will allow you to pour your thoughts out without being judged and give you the authority to work through your feelings effectively. Please remember that although your friends are supportive, they should not be mistaken as a psychologist.
5) Exercise: Girl, its time to get out and keep that body right. Start by walking around your neighborhood or a local park. You can step it up a bit by following a workout regimen at least 3 times per week. It burns me to sit and watch people go to the gym every day!! LOL! I know that I can not commit to that; however, we can work on a few for our mental health, agree?
There is no right or wrong way to address situations that may affect our mental health. It’s how we deal with it that will help us cope. In business, if you leave your mental space unprotected it may cause the decisions you make in your business to fail. You are less likely to focus, and ultimately unable to become what you deserve to be. You have to protect yourself from stress, anguish, and pain. You have the right to protect it. If you have additional ways of coping please share them with us in the comments section.
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