“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
— Audre Lorde.
Here are a few resources that may help you during these challenging times.
1. Self Care for People of Color After Psychological Trauma by Jasmine
This article lays out the ways that witnessing repetitive acts of racism can turn into post-traumatic stress disorder. In particular, Jasmine emphasizes that engaging in online spaces themselves can contribute to this trauma:
Race-based trauma literally leaves bruised spots on your brain. By continuing to enter online conversations, as important as you warrant them to be, you are allowing the bruise to be pressed on over and over. You are harming yourself if you do not step away and heal. These conversations are impacting your emotional and psychological well-being.
She offers this chart with things to do when you need to disengage.
2. 11 Black Queer and Trans Women Discuss Self-Care by L.G. Parker
Sometimes what we need is the wisdom of others who have survived and thrived. This article provides quotes from 11 Black Queer and Trans Women about how they take care of themselves. From Blair Ebony Smith, a student in Syracuse:
I practice self-love by creating with the intent to be present and non-judgemental. I create with the intent to honor Black [queer] ancestors and honor my own creativity. To honor my creativity, I let myself create whatever it is I may want to in the moment, whether that’s a beat from a sampled record, painting, collaging or writing. I also move and breathe. I love to walk and practice yoga. Self-care is also about community. I enjoy being in community celebrating life, talking shit [or just being] with other Black queer people.
Read the full list here.
This article was originally published on Colorlines.