As a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color woman, it can be hard to deal with the anxiety that comes with living in today's society.
Hey, Family! It's your girl, Nyeesha D. Williams.
Ever since I was 14, I've been deeply involved with women's health and wellness. This has led to my experiences of navigating anxiety at a multitude of levels, including in Corporate America. Although these tips may seem pretty superficial, they've helped me stay true to myself in the face of adversity in today's society.
From constant fear of violence and racial profiling to the microaggressions we face everyday that make us feel inferior, managing our stress is key. Fortunately, there are things we can do to help make this process a little easier on ourselves.
Tip #1 - Use your VOICE to the fullest
If you don't say anything most won't know, so let's kill the "I want a mind reader " mentality. Everyone experiences anxieties sometimes. One thing that helps is talking with someone you trust and opening up to them about the things you're anxious about. Find an emotional support system or professional whom you feel comfortable enough to talk to, and tell them what's going on. Talking everything out will often help ease anxiety significantly.
Tip #2 - Use 'NO' like you use toilet paper
Another way to manage this stress is to learn to say "no." It can be challenging to put our own needs first, but it's important to remember that we cannot pour from an empty cup. By learning to say "no" to the demands of others, we can create space in our lives to take care of ourselves.
This might mean saying "no" to working overtime, taking on additional responsibilities at home, or spending time with people who drain our energy. When we prioritize self-care, we can better manage the stress of being a BIPOC woman in today's society.
"In workplaces, college, and professional school settings around the country, Black women often find themselves the only one or the first one. In these situations, they have been taught that they have to be twice as good to go half as far, that they are representing the race, and that they are being watched more closely than their white counterparts; beliefs that are not necessarily inaccurate. These beliefs coupled with the Strong Black Woman image increase risk for social anxiety. " – Angela Neal- Barnett, PhD
Tip #3 - Stop playing with the idea of SELF-CARE
Finally, take some time for yourself every day. It's important to take a break from the world every now and then and focus on taking care of yourself. Do something that makes you happy every day, whether it's reading your favorite book, taking a bubble bath, or going for a walk in nature. Dedicating some time to self-care will help you recharge and maintain your mental health.
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