How Are You Holding Up Queen?

How Are You Holding Up Queen?

June 1st, 2020

We are officially half way through 2020 and this year has already been one that will go down in history. Between the Coronavirus pandemic, the civil unrest over the constant killings of our unarmed black men and women at the hands of police, and the systemic racism that has now manifested before our eyes. We feel compelled to check in with you. How are you holding up Queen?

Between social media, conversations with friends/family/strangers and watching protests unfold all over the world in response to the murder of Mr. George Floyd, it is almost impossible not to feel overwhelmed. We are also feeling overwhelmed. We are feeling a plethora of emotions same as most. While it is important to educate those who misinterpret the reasoning behind why we are screaming, “BLACK LIVES MATTER!” and to stop ignorance and blatant racism in its tracks, it is equally important to check in with yourself in the form of self care.

If you are unsure of what that might look like during these difficult times, we have a few tips that may help you get a jumpstart to healing.

1. Set Boundaries

Ignorance is bliss. Most have no idea what it means to be black in America. While most will try to tell you how to feel, you are under NO obligation to explain your feelings or educate people on what we are dealing with.

2. Indulge In Black Creativity 

Switching your focus for a while doesn’t mean you don’t care. Take some time to indulge in black art and celebrate black joy. It can provide some relief from the traumatizing images that we see everyday.

3. Be Mindful Of Your Social Media Intake

Not every post, tweet, article or message requires your attention or response. What we’ve seen over the last week has already been overwhelming enough to say the least.

4. Do Not Be Afraid To Feel

Your feelings are valid. Take time to acknowledge them. Journal it out, scream it out, cry it out or talk it out. All your feelings are justified.

5. Connect

If you need to, seek support from others you can trust. This can come in the form of a counselor/therapist, family or friends.

We hope these tips will help anyone seeking some form of respite amidst the current state of affairs in our country. Share with anyone who may need this. We stand in solidarity with you. Queens. Kings. We love you. Please stay safe.