Prioritize Your Mental Health + Well Being
If the last year and a half of living in a pandemic taught me anything, it was the importance of tuning into what felt right for my mind and body. Not only have these uncertain times affirmed the importance of exercise and physical fitness for me, but I also recognize the need to care for myself amid bouts of anxiety and stress.
For black women, who often face a disproportionate burden in society, intentional self-care can be a tool to counter the effects of systemic racism and sexism. For this reason, I'd like to introduce you to Dr. Tequilla Hill, Psychotherapist, Emotional Wellness Consultant, and Black Girl Mural Crawl tour goer. Dr. Hill is a registered yoga instructor who incorporates mind-body techniques into her practice.
Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. Hill to discuss how black women, given the unusual year we've endured, can engage in self-care. "Self-care is building community, having dialogue, seeing beauty. Black women are taking their wellness seriously - putting boundaries up in the workplace, in relationships," Hill suggests. Before COVID, black women began breaking that trend of not seeing therapists, and are realizing that seeking therapy offers the opportunity to unpack things from their past. "Black women need these spaces to talk about not being superwomen - a role that's been put onto us," Dr. Hill continues, "Let's change the narrative now. Just because we’re strong, doesn’t mean we don’t need to be nurtured.
Understanding that we all approach self-care in diverse ways, Dr. Hill offers her entry points below.