The hits just keep on coming. More and more, I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water. Once I get over one thing and make peace with it, here comes another. My ability to cope and manage life has begun to take a toll. I’ve been feeling as if there is a weight on me that I can’t lift. Despite this, I’ve made considerable efforts to take care of my self. Kicking things up a notch, I made several introductions to my routine. Here are a few things I’ve begun to do that I feel help…
- Lavender in the Shower
- High Protein, Low Carb Diet
- Weighted Blankets
- Seasonal Unplugging from Social Media
I’m not a mental health practitioner by any means. If you needed a disclaimer, Sunshine, well that was it. All I can do is strongly encourage you to tap into some some of the following resources as needed.
Many of us have been surrounded by so much death and loss. The Grief Resource Network is for those who are currently grieving.
For those of you who do not have insurance or find therapy to be a financial burden, there are options. Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is an affordable resource for those seeking services.
For convenience and COVID-19 safety, there is a black virtual health directory option called Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective.
This one may sound familiar. Popular actress Taraji P. Henson is the face behind The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. Currently they are offering COVID-19 related virtual therapy for free.
Another COVID-19 resource is Pro Bono Counseling Project and their Warm Line. You can call 443-608-9182 Monday – Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM to express your feelings and receive help. If you are a Maryland resident, free therapy may be available for you.
With all of the racial tension happening in America right now, the Center for Healing Racial Trauma is a much needed resource. They focus on healing marginalized groups from racism.
Although, I am a woman 1st, I can’t leave out my Black men. Therapy for Black Men is great resource for our sons, brother, uncles, fathers, nephews and etc.
There have been a few thoughts constantly circling in my mind. The common theme however, is loss. Loss of life, jobs, normalcy, peace of mind, homes, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these impacted me directly, while others close to me felt the crushing blow. I’m trying to navigate and process what is happening. It’s not easy, but I have faith.
I believe in us as a community and as individuals. I love our strength, weakness, resilience, love, kindness, and all the makes us who we are. I desperately want us to be well. I want us to be made whole.
Let Your Therapeutic Light Shine!