Practicing Self-Care during stressful times

In less than 72 hours, two Black Americans, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and  Philando Castile of Minnesota, lost their lives from police shootings resulting in an uproar across the country. Numerous protests have been planned and at the conclusion of the Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas at least ten officers were shot and at least four killed by a sniper.

In the wake of the tragedies, it is important to keep your personal, and mental health at it’s peak. While the constant circulation of images and videos of  lifeless black bodies can plague your mind, it is imperative that you take necessary steps to keep yourself well.

Read about ways you can take care of yourself, and help support others.

Utilize Employer EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

If your employer offers EAP (Employee Assistance Program)  take advantage of that. utilize the free resources available to you, and be sure to contact your employer’s EAP department to know where and how many services will be covered at no charge.

 Meditate

If you missed my post about how meditation is a great way to ease anxiety, and my tips on getting started, you can read that here.

[How to Meditate to Cope With Anxiety]

Meditation in many ways can be a great outlet to help calm, and ease your mind from the circling and rampant thoughts that you may be experiencing. Remember to be patient, and gentle with yourself as meditation is a journey not a prompt destination of stillness.

Get active

Whether it be outdoors, indoors, video games, try to limit your use of social media because the media is conditioning us to believe that these gruesome videos are normal. nothing happening during this tumultuous time is normal. Take 30 minutes to an hour to spend time revamping and releasing the natural euphoria within yourself that can promote positive mental and physical wellness.

Unplug from Social Media

Repeatedly watching the same gruesome events over and over can traumatize and desensitize your brain and really confuse what is real versus fake. Social media can contribute to the agony you’re going through and also be triggering. Know that it is okay to get offline for a bit, and also put yourself and mental health first by avoiding the images and videos.

 

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