The Black Girl's Guide to Self-Care

This week, this month, this year has been a lot! I echo the feelings of many when I say I’m exhausted. The murders this week of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have added to the long and constantly growing list of Black people killed at the hands of law enforcement and has served to once again heighten the collective anxiety of the Black community. I’ve found myself glued to my Twitter timeline searching for updates and information about these cases. I’m noticing that I’m clenching my jaws and tensing my shoulders unconsciously. My patience is a little thinner and I’ve been munching on ridiculous amounts of Frosted Flakes and Oreos. All of these are signals to me that I am stressed and probably need to take a step back. I talk about self-care often, preach it to friends, family, and clients, and truly believe in it. But as with many things, fall short in following it for myself. The concept of self care can also at times feel elusive, so I wanted to compile a list of specific things you can do to allow yourself some joy! I hope this serves as a reminder to myself and a nudge for you too ūüôā

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Listen to a New Podcast

Better Than the MovieРA podcast hosted by two Black women who love all things books and literature.

Black Girls Talking–¬†A podcast wherein black women discuss the intersections of life,¬†pop culture and body oils.

Black Media MinuteРA podcast that dives into the ins and outs of the media business with Black creatives and industry professionals.

The Friend Zone– Join three friends as they explore mental hygiene, cause who in the hell wants a musty brains?

The Get– Smart. Snark. Shade.

The Poplife Podcast–¬†Three seasoned NYC Entertainment Industry veterans give their experienced opinions on pop culture and current events.

2 Dope QueensРStories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.

Get physical

Join a Black Girls Run group in your area.

Take golf lessons with Black Girls Golf.

Go old school and get yourself a hula hoop!

Watch Some New Programs

My current favorites are:

EJNYC

Famously Single

UnReal

WAGS

What would you add to the list? How are you going to engage in self-care this weekend? Share your suggestions with us in the comments!

 

Dr. Joy