Hello! Take a breath. You are here. You have made it through another day.
We have been exposed to a lot of racial trauma lately—in the news, on social media, in our communities. All of us are affected by it in some way, but some of us—Black people in particular—are feeling it very deeply right now. We feel it in our hearts, in our bones, in our cells, in our spirits. We are oftentimes not only reacting to what we’re seeing today, but also to what our ancestors experienced years or even centuries before now.
As a result, you might be having a whole range of reactions!
Having a hard time sleeping, eating, or concentrating.
Feeling on edge, angry, sad, or holding self-blame.
Having intrusive thoughts (unwelcome thoughts or images that pop into your head out of nowhere) or nightmares about racial violence.
During times like these, it is extra important to prioritize taking care of ourselves. Self-care gives us the energy and strength we need to survive in the face of adversity. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”