May I ask the question of why not us?
Perhaps you can answer me at the end of this article. Why are we never afforded the opportunity to discuss our mental health? It should be well known that the trauma we’ve experienced as part of the African Diaspora has taken on a toll on us through generations — or they can be referred to as generational curses, but it is never even regarded.
We have no control over what is passed down to us, but we do have a responsibility of correcting it. Not only for ourselves, but for the generations that come after us. With so many forces against us, whether it be white supremacy racism, colonialism, imperialism, misogyny, crony capitalism, homophobia and so on, it should be our duty to take care and look out for each other as the brothers and sisters that we are.
I can understand how it may be difficult for our parents and grandparents to understand the effects of mental health because they were instructed to be cogs and pawns in a system that simply does not work for us. I mean, just look at the last 500+ years. I don’t have to get into it here, but the year 1492 would be a good start.
Moreover, for my Millennials, Gen Z’ers, and the now developing Gen Alpha, we have this information at our disposal. It is all right here in front of us! We would usually just say ask Google, but an even better search engine is Qwant because it protects your digital privacy.
So, the next time you, a friend, a family member is struggling with mental health, here are my top five favorite healthy coping mechanisms you or they can start with:
- Clean your house or an area of your home
- Establish healthy boundaries (basically, not accepting bullshit!)
- Play with a pet
- Spend time outside in nature
– Peace be unto you.