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Difficult times & Mental Health: How are you taking care of yourself?

How are you doing?

No, how are you really doing?

Let’s be honest: this year has been A LOT in so many ways. The sadness, loneliness, anger,and  confusion of the last past months has been incredibly overwhelming. The kind of overwhelm that makes it seem so hard to shake the pain and suffering happening around us.

Many of us have had times of intense difficulty in our lives and have various way of coping. While everyone is experiencing, processing, and dealing with what is currently happening differently, the truth is that a lot of people have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in unimaginable ways.

It is during these difficult times that prioritizing our mental health is so important. critical. vital. Unfortunately, for a lot of us in the black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community, mental health is not often talked about. 

However the fact is, mental health does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. In fact, considering the historical legacy of race relations in the United States – legacies BIPOC still deal with every day on a personal, institutional and systemic level- mental healthcare should be prioritized and destigmatized within our communities.

When we take care of ourselves, we are better equipped to positively be in community. Self care and community care doesn’t come naturally to all, oftentimes we need a few tools, resources and knowledge. Some reflection questions around to ask yourself during difficult times: 

  • How do you respond? 
  • How do you take care of yourself during these times? 
  • What tools are in your toolbox to heal and make sure you are not only good but continue to thrive?

If this pandemic has taught us one thing, it is that we must take care of our mental, psychological and physical wellbeing. This is important for healing personal, community and generational. The more we can find ways to be our whole, fearless-authentic-boss AF selves. And more, importantly, the more we can see the awakening born from the sadness, pain, confusion, loneliness and losses of this period, also carries beautiful fragments of blessings and hope.

This week, we speak with mental health expert Myra McNair of Anesis Therapy to learn more. Watch or listen to our conversation here:

After watching/listening, share with us: what practices have you implemented these past months to take care of yourself? What else might you include?

With so much love, hugs & encouragement,

Fourward.

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