Sister I hear and feel your pain. As a black woman you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Taking care of kids, building your career/business, and facing many injustices in the world. Society has taught you that you are a strong black woman indeed you are. However, being strong means taking care of that bold, brilliant, black image staring at you in the mirror.
Your vehicle requires gasoline to run, and your body is no different. How are you feeding yourself? Since you are made in the image of God you are priceless. Would you enter a mansion and deface it with garbage? What’s stopping you from treating your body in the same way you would a mansion? This doesn’t mean that you will drink green smoothies every day and eat salads. It does mean that on a consistent basis you will fuel your body the right amount of nutrition. For the average adult your body requires nine to thirteen fruits and vegetables daily for optimum performance.
Stress is a silent killer. According to the CDC 42% of black women are living with high blood pressure. In maintaining mental well-being allow yourself to unplug from the cares of the world. Take time out for yourself and do something that brings you joy. Whether it is aromatherapy, yoga, or music find an activity that relaxes your mind, body, and soul. Once you discover those activities carve out time daily at least 10 minutes to find your inner peace.
When challenges do arise in your life it will be much easier to overcome with your new mindset. If you find yourself needing more support, feel free to reach me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/live.healthyforlife.
Love is the foundation that keeps black women grounded. Drawing from our ancestors we are able to understand that our community was built on us loving us without apology. Sister you are fearfully and wonderfully made. No matter who attempts to diminish your value know your worth and keep loving on yourself. One book that I highly recommend to spur your self-love journey is Love Letters to My Girls. The book was written by over one hundred black women for you as a black woman to be authentically you.
Your soul restoration has begun. Sister this is your time to shine bright like the diamond you are!