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5 Mental Health Hacks to Help Take Care of Yourself

According to Webster, racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities, and those racial differences create an intrinsic superiority of a particular skin complexion. Additionally, it also notes that this belief can be carried out within systems and federal programs.

The unfortunate death of George Floyd is devastating and is an all-too-often reality of racism African-Americans experience. His death, coupled with several recent deaths of unarmed African Americans, is sparking a nationwide outcry to put an end to systemic racism.

Social media has generated much-needed awareness with the #blacklivesmatter movement and #blackouttuesday campaign, leading the charge to help users gain resources and information. However, it can also act as a double sword during these times. If you’re feeling like you’re on sensory overload, here are 5 ways to manage your feelings and take care of yourself during this time.

Acknowledge what you’re experiencing
Being honest with yourself right now is essential. Admit your fears, sadness, and anger that you are experiencing to help develop mental resilience.

Open up
Pay attention to signs of anxiety. They may present as you become so emotionally invested that you shift from your usual self that goes from one extreme to the next. If this is happening, it may be a sign that you need to take a step back. If you have a safe space, talk to your friends, family, and loved ones for support. Don’t let it build and fester internally.

Put the screen down
Stop re-subjecting yourself to negative images. Exposure to negative images is mentally and psychologically devastating and is a form of trauma, especially if you’re an empath as we absorb everything.

Engage in relief
Developing a position coping mechanism to help regulate and manage your emotions and feelings is vital. Find a hobby or activity that will re-center you so that you aren’t in a constant sense of paranoia and are on-guard.

Take meaningful action in your own community
Whether you decide to protest or not, the biggest thing that you can do is feel the power within yourself. Regaining control can be as simple as discussing ideas with others and organizing a plan of action in your own community. Those wishing to support George Floyd’s family, donations can be made here.

According to the National Library of Medicine, research suggests that racism is significantly linked to depression and mental health challenges. If you feel you may need help, resources are available. For more information and resources, visit MentalHealthAmerica.com  or call or text the crisistextline.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the National Library of Medicine, research suggests that racism is significantly linked to depression and mental health challenges. If you feel you may need help, resources are available. For more information and resources, visit MentalHealthAmerica.com  or call or text the crisistextline.com.

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