Protecting Your Mental Health
As the seasons change and the sun shines a little less, we have to show a little extra love and attention to ourselves. In this article, I will share with you a few things you can incorporate into your daily routine to help keep the good vibes flowing.
Keep a gratitude journal
It is important that we count our blessings. Sometimes, it is easy to lose sight of all the good things in our lives as we get overwhelmed by life. From the Coronavirus, school, work, and any other day-to-day responsibilities, there is a lot going on in all of our lives. This is even more of a reason to allow ourselves to take a step back and appreciate the little things in life. Consider a daily exercise of writing down 10 things you are grateful for before starting your day. This will help set the tone for the day ahead by putting you in a positive mindset.
How you feel has a lot to do with how you eat. Research from Harvard University states that, "What we eat, especially foods that contain chemical additives and ultra-processed foods, affects our gut environment and increases our risk of diseases." Maintaining a balanced diet is not as difficult, expensive, or scary as it may seem. Check out this article for a list of cheap and healthy recipes.
TREAT YOURSELF!! So many people (especially us entrepreneurs) tend to treat ourselves to acts of self-care as a reward. Self-care is not a reward, it is a necessity. It is important that we are kind and gentle with ourselves, more often. Capitalist society has convinced us that we always need to be doing something and that we have to constantly work hard. While there are a lot of responsibilities in life, it is imperative that we give ourselves time to be ourselves, aside from our duties. from Treat yourself to a bubble bath more often. Take yourself to lunch. Not condoning any frivolous spending, but you can get your money back, you can't take back time.
As many of us know, mental health is very stigmatized in the Black community. We are so often taught to be strong and not taught enough how to communicate how we feel and how to heal from the things that have hurt us. A "self-care day" very well may not be the solution to all your problems. Therapy can be hard to access, another major obstacle in regards to mental health in the Black community. Check out this list of Free Therapy and Mental Health providers within the Black community.
Be safe. Take care.