To my friends with #Anxiety
Life is difficult right now.
That’s the understatement of the century, but it’s true. Media is flooded with terrifying and occasionally traumatizing images, statements, and videos. You might not feel safe right now or feel as if your loved ones aren’t safe. It’s draining on everyone, regardless of your demographics.
I’m here to remind you that your mental health matters. I encourage you to take a stand and fight for the black community, but protests and social media aren’t the only way to do that. In fact, I’d argue that they’re dangerous and not as effective as we want them to be.
If you need to take a step back, that’s okay. If you feel unsafe to leave home and want to stay inside, that’s okay. Advocating and supporting others in this time does not look the same for everyone.
However, we all have a responsibility to step up for #blacklivesmatter . So what can we do? Here’s a list:
• We can educate ourselves on black history, white privilege, and how to help in this time.
• We can reach out to our black loved ones and those who are in dangerous environments right now. Tell them you support them and they will be endlessly grateful.
• We can (if fiscally possible) donate to funds to help those in need.
• We can sign petitions to enact change.
If you feel anxious and stressed, know you are valid. Know that it is more than okay to step back and show your support in a way that you feel comfortable doing so.
Take care of yourself.