When does it stop? When does it begin? These are a couple of the questions that are swirling in the minds of many after witnessing the unjust recent events in our country. We typically don’t discuss social issues, but we want you to know that #WeStandWithYou. As we continue to stress the importance of self-care, unfortunately, this too falls under that topic. Many of us are angry, hurt, and downright afraid of what's happening in our country from COVID-19 to the racial upheaval, as a result of the institutional and structural racism that still exists in our world today. It’s very unfortunate that we have to still contend with the social injustices that have plagued our nation for generations. We are not our grandparents. We definitely have more options and are more determined than ever to make a change and heal from this pain. It’s a time for peace! Whether we’re related to or know someone who has been victimized, worried about our men, children, brothers, and sisters, or just watching all of the unrest that has occurred in our country in the last week, we are all deeply touched by this prejudiced. There are several things that you can do to start to heal and work for a better tomorrow.
It Starts With You
Have healthy conversations that will help ease some of the anxieties at home or post on social media. The great thing is the First Amendment is on our side and we have several outlets to choose from. Please use whatever platform you’re most comfortable with to spread your healthy message.
Sometimes hitting the restart button is very necessary. It’s very difficult to operate when your brain is in overdrive. Remember to stay grounded and centered. Take a timeout from the news or your feed. Take a walk, meditate, a bath, or get creative and do something that inspires you. Create a healthy balance that will help you cope with your stress levels.
Don’t forget about your self-care routines. Have a virtual self-care party and share your self-care methods with your friends. Talk about the products you use and learn some useful tips from one another. Schedule a time for your facial, bath, or wash day. Read a book with a cup of herbal tea or just schedule some virtual time to catch up with family and friends.
Even though it is important to take a break when needed, we also have to stay in the know. Important things like knowing deadlines to register to vote or upcoming primary elections if we want to help make a change. Thanks again to our First Amendment, there are several ways that we can stay informed. The news is not the only outlet. From simple conversations to social media, online searches, and blog posts, we have endless ways to stay informed.
One of the biggest things you can do is spread awareness. Use your platform to let everyone know about the various things that they can do to fight for justice. From reaching out to elected officials, signing petitions, attending town hall meetings, and making contributions, or volunteering to the organizations that have been set up to defend against racial and social injustices to last, but not least, get out and VOTE and know your rights! Here is a list of resources and advocacy groups you can contact or join to take action right now to help your communities and fight for George Floyd, Ahmadu Arbery, Breonna Taylor,
BLACK LIVES MATTER A global organization created in 2013 after the acquittal of the Trayvon Martin case. #BLM is a group of liberators who believe in bringing the lives of Black people to the forefront and making sure that we are all recognized and included while countering all acts of violence inclusion for all Black people and to counter all violent acts against our people and communities. Become a "Global Member" by donating $5 to support their campaigns. NAACP (National Association for Colored People) Their mission is to is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS According to their website the CBC is committed to using the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the federal government to ensure that African Americans and other marginalized communities in the United States have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. COLOR OF CHANGE Join or donate to this online organization that designs powerful campaigns to end unfair practices and treatment of Black people that is meant to hold them back. We continue to stand with you and want nothing but the best for you and your family. Try some of these practices with your friends and family and ask them to share with their loved ones. Knowledge is key. Remember to take care of yourself, so you can help others. Say your affirmations and keep a positive mindset to help guide you through your transitions. Life is a journey, not a destination. Be creative, be inspired, be authentic and most of all enjoy your journey!