Ganiyat A Adeniji for Black Girl Vitamins
In our society, the average black woman quickly learns while growing up that she is going to have to work harder than anybody else. Therefore, it is difficult to quantify the amount of stress that comes with being a black woman. Yet, we need to remind ourselves that, while we are supposed to be strong and able to cope, we are still humans. According to a study on a Qualitative Assessment of Gender, Black women report higher levels of psychological stress than most other races and bear an elevated risk of chronic diseases linked to psychological stress.
All year long, there are several common sources of stress for women, especially Black women. One example is the pressure to play multiple roles, such as mother, caregiver, breadwinner, submissive partner, superwoman, and above all, a representation of black women while trying to avoid being called “the angry black woman”. This can result in role strain, conflict, and overload, all of which can have an impact on our physical and mental health. Another factor is being subjected to racism, sexism, and gender discrimination, which can lead to chronic stress and emotional distress. This can also affect our self-esteem, sense of belonging, and access to resources and opportunities. Also, there can be a lack of social support and self-care, which can make one feel isolated, overwhelmed, and guilty. This can prevent us from seeking help, expressing our emotions, and prioritizing our needs.
Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle this season can make all the difference
As the year draws to an end, it is easy to feel pressured by the goals you are yet to accomplish. However, that is not the way to attain the level of happiness that ultimately matters. The key is to prioritize a healthy and balanced lifestyle while pursuing your targets.
This season, seek to live healthy and achieve balance by doing the following:
- Practice self-care
Self-care is not selfish, it is essential. You deserve to take care of yourself and your needs, especially during the busy and festive season. Self-care can include simple routines such as meditating, and even drinking water, to prioritizing more important routines like skin care, healthcare, and wellness, including consistent intake of BGV supplements, routine pap smear, and exercising regularly. PS- The BGV Energy bundle allows you to do more and the BGV Look Good, Feel Good Bundle allows you to feel and look good. Find what works for you and make it a priority.
It is okay to say no to things that do not serve you or make you happy. You do not have to overcommit to social events, family obligations, work projects, or anything else that drains your energy and time. Learn to say no with confidence and grace, and learn to feel less guilty about it. You have the right to choose your own happiness.
Planning can help you avoid stress and anxiety, as well as overeating, overspending, and overindulging. You can plan your meals, your budget, your gifts, your outfits, your schedule, and your goals for the end-of-year season. This way, you can have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and how you want to enjoy yourself. You can also prepare for any challenges or obstacles that may arise, and have a backup plan in case things go wrong.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and aware of your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and surroundings. It can help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and negative emotions. It can also help you enjoy the moment and appreciate the beauty and joy of life. You can practice mindfulness by meditating, breathing deeply, journaling, listening to music, reading, or doing any activity that calms your mind and body.
You are not alone in your journey. You have a community of Black women who understand and support you. You can reach out to your friends, family, mentors, coaches, therapists, or online groups for help, advice, encouragement, or just a listening ear. You can also offer your support to others who may need it. You can share your experiences, your struggles, your achievements, and your dreams. You should celebrate your successes and learn from your failures, this way we can grow and heal together.
Reviewed by Bryanne N. Standifer-barrett, MD