Self-Care Tips For Dealing With Racism And Gun Violence

Co-Founder of The Black Lives Matter Movement, Alicia Garza and ESSENCE viewer, Sioban Messia share their approach to self-care while dealing racism and gun violence. Check out the video above. 

ESSENCE.COM May, 03, 2017
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[BLANK_AUDIO] I think when all of this happens we can feel like it's not okay for us to have fun, right? There is so much going on in the community, there is so much pain. Everyday is a different story. We don't feel right just relaxing or letting loose or anything other than being a part of this movement. Is it okay for us to take a moment for self-care to just have a little fun in light of what's going on? Is you who would like to answer first. Sure. It is important for us to continue to be able to find joy in our everyday lives. And the thing that I worry about sometimes in our conversations about self-care is that it's so individualised. Yes there are things that we need to do for ourselves. To be in our full dignity everywhere that we go. But we also know that we are not the only people, as individuals, who are being impacted by a daily onslaught of news about our murders And so it's really really important in times like this to be connected with community. Sometimes talking about what you envision for a world where black lives actually do matter can be healing. It's the thing that actually helps us move forward to the next stage. And so yes, take care of yourself, do what you need to do to find your dignity, to feel how you're feeling. But also don't do that in isolation, do that in community and in relationship with other people who also need that support and also need that love. Absolutely, thank you Alicia. And Chevonne. I I think it's not only important, it's necessary. Well, taking care of yourself is the first step to being able to fight for our rights and making sure that we're in the right mental space to do so. And And just like Alicia said, with a community, Alicia actually came to one of my organisation conferences in October and spoke with us and I think that conversation that she and the others was so vital. And I make sure I expect the message regularly because this is necessary So be able to have that conversation with others and be able to share their emotions. They may not be able to process and telling their story or you telling their story may give them the courage to be able to process it and express those emotions and move them forward and then necessary fight that they need to be a part of as well.