Self Care Tips Every Black Woman Needs


pexels-photo-871495.jpegAs a Black woman sometimes it’s hard for us to remember the importance of taking care of ourselves.  We’re always giving  and taking care of  everyone else  that we forget about ourselves.  Remember self care is an act of self preservation.  Here are some tips to help you to take care of yourself as much as you take care of everyone else.

Evaluate your current level of self-care by looking at how often you drink water, eat healthy foods, and move your body. Don’t forget about your emotional and mental health either. Ask yourself how you handle stress. Do you keep going  when you know you need to take a break? Do you express  your feelings or do you hold everything inside? Do you turn to unhealthy coping strategies  or do you reach out for help when you need it? Also remember to  identify the people in your life who make your problems worse versus the people who listen to you without judgement?

Try to dedicate one day out of the week as “self-care day.” Saturdays and Sundays usually work best but any day where you can take care of yourself is fine.  If you can’t dedicate the entire day to self care, dedicate a few hours.

Make a list of all of the things that feed your spirit and put it  in your calendar to do them at least once per month.

Schedule joy breaks throughout your day.  Try practicing  deep breathing for 2 minutes, listen to a guided meditation for 5 minutes, color in an adult coloring book or dance to your favorite songs.

Learn to say No.  Make it a priority to say “no” to requests to your time, energy and resources twice as much as you say yes.

Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup and we need breaks too.

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Self Care for Black Girls



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We get so busy sometimes that we forget to take care of ourselves.   This happens to everyone but if you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to live your best life.  Sometimes when we hear the word “self-care,” we think of going  away for a weekend getaway or having an entire day of pampering  with massages, facials, and beauty treatments. All these things are amazing but they are also very expensive.   I’ve listed some simple and best of all free ways of pampering yourself and practicing good self care.

It’s  important to remember that self-care also means  taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.   Here  are five free ways you can practice self-care daily or at least a few days a week because you deserve  to take time for yourself.

1. Meditation and yoga.

This doesn’t have to be long; even 10 or 15 minutes will help.  This  will  bring you more calm and inner peace and it also helps you live in the moment and brings your mind, body, and spirit in harmony.


2. Exercise.

We all know  there are the physical benefits, but other benefits of working out include improving your mood and reducing stress, promoting better sleep, and making you feel happier.  You can work out at home or take a nice walk.


 3. Read

Reading is one of my favorite self-care practices.  I enjoy reading  fiction, inspirational memoirs and autobiographies/biographies. Reading often  reduces stress and puts you in a better mood,  and can improve your focus, and  also can help to develop your creativity.


4. Spend some time in nature

 Taking a walk in nature can often  improve your mood, and boost your overall well-being.   Walking  outside can also helps you sleep better and gives you a break from technology.


5. Do something that makes you laugh and brings you joy.

In the middle  of our  busy day, it’s  easy to forget to make time for things that make us happy.  Think about  what brings you joy, then make time to do at least one of those things daily.

Sometimes  the best way to make daily self-care a habit is to schedule it. When you’re planning your day or week, write down the activity — or activities — you’ll do;  writing them down will make you more likely to follow thru with them.  Remember to always make time for you.