Self-Care Is Needed To Keep Your Sanity

April was a month of optimism. I finally feel like I’m taking the right steps in the right direction. I made a few decisions that’ll change my life as a whole and I’m excited to start putting those plans in motion. On a micro scale, I was getting to a point that felt too familiar though. Between the ubiquitous open season on black lives and the daily grind, I was beginning to feel depleted. Sometimes we go into auto-pilot mode simply to get things done. However, in the midst of life and its multitude of responsibilities, you spend so much time on auto-pilot that you forget to be human.

Life is a cycle of effort and rest. The effectiveness of each depends on the other

Ralph Marston

Since I’ve started to become more comfortable with my emotions, I could see that if I didn’t proactively give myself a break, I wasn’t going to be any good to those who interact with me. I noticed how the littlest thing would exascerbate a brewing negative attitude. After waking up the other night due to a panic attack, I had to reconcile with the importance of self-care.

I don’t want this to come off as a cop-out, but to be black in America is freaking exhausting! I went into Saks this week and was reminded of my blackness as a threat. I don’t really take walks at night anymore. I stopped doing that because I don’t want to give any cop a reason to confront me. That’s what the black experience is. To take care of ourselves out in the world is to lessen the focus on taking care of ourselves internally.

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Everyone needs to take time to live and embrace joy; even if it’s in small doses. You’re not a bad spouse, parent, or activist if you take time away. Recharging allows you the opportunity to re-assess where you’re spending your energy and who you’re spending it on. If you can’t spin a globe and pick a place of temporary escape, find yourself an exclusive outlet to replenish your spirit. We all need that to get through the day of daily BS.

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