In the midst of the global pandemic that is COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the blatant attempt at the genocide of the black race, it’s time someone asked us… “How are you doing?”.
There have been many think pieces and dialogues about police brutality and the current state of the country but no one has stopped to address the black community and ask those four simple words. Yes, we have always been strong, we have always been resilient but to be expected to come to work and function as normal, to be expected to maintain that professionalism as a small business owner, to maintain that zen that you’ve worked so hard to master with no real time to reset and recharge is not okay. However, it is completely okay, it is one hundred percent normal if you do not know how to do this just yet.
As a people our number one survival tactic has been to find joy even in the harshest of times. That’s why in most cases, after some tragic event that impacts us as a whole we tend to see more memes and jokes across social media than most; and while some people may think that this is an inappropriate time to joke we all have different ways to cope. A personal favorite of mine is immersing myself in music of all genres simply because music is a mood enhancer and dancing is in our DNA. Which is why, if you’ve been paying attention to the many protests that have erupted across the nation, you’ve seen US dancing and singing… our ancestors used to sing in the fields, where do you think we get it from? It’s a form of release.
Of course and again, this is not for everyone… and that is OKAY. We’re here to share what works for us and maybe by doing so we can alleviate some of that pain that we’ve been harnessing (subconsciously or not).
Small acts of self care during this time are highly recommended. Here are a few suggestions:
Run a bath, light some candles, turn on that perfect radio station and pour a glass of wine (if that’s your thing).
A cup of tea and a good book
Movie night with close friends
Dress up… because we all know that when you look good you start to feel amazing.
Run those selfies up! Participate in the social media challenges, like the #WipeItDown
Go for a walk and get some sun, there’s nothing better than the sun kissing your face after a long day… like a sweet caress from a very sweet friend.
Unplug from social media
Write in your journal
No matter what you choose to indulge in, choose peace. Choose happiness.