As a world, we’re going through a lot. There is racial injustice, homophobia, poverty, global illnesses, global warming, along with personal issues individuals face. It’s been hard for me to go on social media lately because I feel so bombarded by bad news. Last week scrolling on Twitter left me laughing out loud and screenshotting memes, this week it leaves me feeling sick and disgusted with the world. As a black woman, it’s difficult to ignore what’s going on in the world. Watching the news is scary but ignoring it could end up being scarier. Sometimes there’s a fine line between staying informed and torturing yourself. Personally, I’ve felt the need to take some time away. Not long, because I believe it’s important to stay informed and active in times of oppression, but long enough that I can regain strength and not feel desensitized or depressed by what I’m witnessing. The second I become mentally drained is the second that I lose my ability to fight for my community. We need all the soldiers we can get, so it’s important to take care of yourself. When I feel like I need to practice self care to get out of a depressive slump, here’s what I do:
Take a break from media
Taking a break from media can be very beneficial to your mental health. Don’t feel bad if you need to take day to decompress and protect your mental health. You won’t be able to help anyone if you’re depressed and in need of help.
Reading is a great escape when you need a break from heavy situations. You’ll find yourself completely emerged in a new world, which can be a great short term distraction. Read books that are triumphant and uplifting to remind you that anything is possible and underdogs win.
Spend time outside
Nature is extremely healing. Watch how much clearer you think and see your spirits start to lift as you spend more time outdoors breathing in fresh air. Talking a long walk is a great way to take a break from a draining situation. Get in touch with the beauty and resilience of Earth.