We are all trying to be strong and survive these difficult times but we are all burnt out. Anxiety disorders are the most common health disorders in the United States and other parts of the world, and most of us are suffering from anxiety right now.
The year 2020 is full of calamity and grief and it has driven a lot of people globally to a point of exhaustion and anxiety. Everyone is now adjusting to the new normal-- working, studying, parenting, and living through the crises of the coronavirus pandemic. As if the stressors of daily life are not enough, new challenges have been brought by the pandemic, plus the new anti-racism landscape that we have to navigate.
We are all trying to be strong and survive these difficult times but we are all burnt out. Anxiety disorders are the most common health disorders in the United States and other parts of the world, and most of us are suffering from anxiety right now. But according to research, anxiety is more chronic to black women and the symptoms are more intense than other races. So, if you are a black woman and feeling exhausted, here are some things you can do to cope with anxiety and exhaustion.
The rest of the world continues to adjust to the new normal and we, people of color, also continue to catch up to the injustices of racism. Many people are sudden;y asking too many questions and It is just exhausting and draining for us. The best thing you can do is set boundaries. You can tell people around you that you do not feel okay to answer a lot of queries and it makes you feel more sad and anxious. It is totally okay to not talk about what you feel to people. It is okay if you do not want to answer their questions about racism and discrimination. You can remind them that just because this is new to them, it does not mean it is also new to you. So if you feel tired and cannot respond to their questions or personal messages, it is okay to stop.
Social media can be toxic as our feeds can become a place of sadness. Social media detox is one thing you can do to rest your mind from negativity. But if you cannot turn off your social media accounts and want to keep updated, you can just make space for black joy. Follow pages that can make you laugh and happy despite the crises that we are currently facing. There are some joyful black podcasts you can check out or see the #blackjoy on Instagram. It will make you feel better.
You do not always have to be the "strong black woman". Take time to rest and never think that you are wasting time. Just like other people, black women do not need to always be active and prove their worth. We are grinding and hustling most days and that can be a huge strain on our mental health so it is okay to rest. We all need to stop for a while and rest. And we deserve it.
You might be wondering how can you possibly manage your anxiety about racism at work. If you have someone whom you can trust, it will be easier. Talk to friends at work about the issues that you are facing. Friends are the ones who can understand us and it is also a good way to let them know what is really happening and how it affects you and other people of color.
Life is hard, but for black women like us, life seems harder. I hope these simple tips I shared with you can help you feel a little better every time you feel exhausted and anxious by everything that is happening around you. 2020 is truly a shitty year. As a black woman, trying extra hard to fit in and explaining what you feel is tiring and adjusting to the new normal due to the pandemic is stressful. But let us hope that things can change and great things will come.
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