As you all know, there have been protests, rallies, news, and other media that cover every ounce of what’s going on in the streets. To top it off, many streaming services including Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Comcast’s OnDemand have offered to release some movies, documentaries, and other media for free to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Man… why did they do that? I have been leaning into all these movies and documentaries as well as reading Octavia Butler’s, Kindred this month. When I say, it takes a toll on you… it really does! Not only does it ignite a rage in you with how things are, but it really opens your eyes to how things were 100x worse in the past and we’re not so far removed from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, which were just mere decades ago.
I have been watching James Baldwin’s, I Am Not Your Negro and You Belong to Me: The Ruby McCollum Story both on Amazon Prime… Whew, Chillay! When I tell you I had to stop and take a PAUSE during that Ruby McCollum story. Man, that trial angered me so bad. I mean, it just… I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and yet this woman lived it. It just hits different right now… man, it hits different. As I write this, I am watching the Anita Hill documentary, as I’ve already seen the movie with Kerry Washington a long time ago.
I say all this to say, take some time away from all this news and the movement. Yes, you want to be informed and connected, do your part, and support. However, protecting your space, time, and mental health is important as well. It’s important to fight for justice, freedom, equality, and rights. But it’s more important to take care of yourself so you can continue in the fight.
Some ways that I try to disconnect from the real world and give my brain a break are: talk to family, talk to my therapist, watch TV that has nothing to do with real life, read (even tho I’m reading a racially-based story), talk to children, sit outside, go for a walk, sleep/nap, write, work, drive, shop, etc.
I’m sure some people garden, knit, cook, focus on school, play sports, play with a pet, draw, color, paint, listen to music, talk to your spouse/mate, or whatever they normally do to relax after a long and taxing day.
I mainly want you to know that the news you seek will still be there tomorrow. If you unplug for a day to protect your space and take a breather, you will feel better about things once you return. I wouldn’t things that are beyond your control to produce any anxiety, trauma, or nightmares b/c that doesn’t help you or anyone else.
Be safe. Take a break. Be well. Be aware. Be careful. ❤