‘’Dear black woman, you deserve a break. Most times, you are the revolutionary stronghold for others – we’ve been doing it for generations – that you forget that you are flesh and blood. You deserve to be treated like a human being first and foremost. Your gender and race can wait. ‘’
Self-care has morphed into every brand’s mantra. Hashtag self-care is one of the top phrases used on social media. Beyond the charades of marketing, what really is self-care? And why must black women embrace it as a part of their lifestyles?
When it comes to self-care, it has been marketed as a luxury. There a study that shows that socioeconomic status can affect the way black women explore self-care activities. We could argue that most black women do not even believe that they do not need to have a million dollars before they take good care of themselves.
Self-care is simply putting yourself first. You can choose to express it with routines that are unique to your personality, but the core message is to encourage black women not to neglect their health and care. There are so many things vying for our time and attention and there are experiences we go through as black women that leave us frustrated, broken, and even depressed. It is crucial we preach the importance of self-care: until when you are ready to walk through that dark tunnel, you won’t see the light.