There is a lot going on in the world right now, from a pandemic to police brutality and protests and riots. Black people have expressed on social media how watching the news to stay informed left them mentally drained (self-included). We know we can walk out the door and possibly become one of the people that are scattered all over news outlets. There is no set of rules to abide by to prevent us from being the next hashtag (despite what anyone has told you). It is important to check in with yourself and assess your mental capacity. It is okay to step away for as long as you need. Here are some things you can do to unwind.
If you are not getting an adequate night’s rest, it may be a good time to steal away and take a nap or turn in early and just rest, even if you aren’t sleepy. Drinking teas such as chamomile tea or taking melatonin are non-prescription sleep aids if you need a little help.
2. Spending Time With Loved Ones
If you are quarantining (still staying home?) with someone, unplug and spend time with them or hop on a Zoom call. Game nights, playing outside, going for walks or bike rides are also options. Get the endorphins pumping to boost your mood.
Writing can be a great stress reliever. An added benefit as personal journals has often been used by historians to get a glimpse of what certain periods in history were like. Words are so important right now.
4. Dance it Out
Music is another great stress reliever. Drown yourself in your favorite tunes. Writing while listening to music may help you find words as well.
5. Prayer and Meditation
While I am an advocate for prayer, I personally have not mastered meditation (yet). I know those who do meditate and I have never heard of anyone speak of anything but the benefits.