Six Ways Black Women Can Tackle Self-Care Now

In 1961James Baldwin said: “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all the time. So that the first problem is how to control that rage so that it won’t destroy you.” His words still remain true. Finding a way to be okay, even better than okay, while walking through a hostile world is ongoing work when each day reminds us that we live in a cis-hetero-patriarchal, anti-Black world (nod to bell hooks). It’s written into policies and reflected in language, looks, and actions. 

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Black feminist scholars describe the systems that affirm this racial and social hierarchy as a matrix of domination. Forces of oppression are compounded resulting in a steep cost to those society has othered. Nonetheless, we’re taking this moment to remind our communities, and ourselves, that we can (and must) protect our health–physical, mental, and spiritual. 

April is Minority Health Month. So we invite you to be “selfish” and to fill your cup first. Research on thriving and flourishing tells us there are at least six key areas of well-being worth investing in. They include your self, community, sufficiency, pleasure, relief, and purpose.


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