People of Color in America have been consistently exposed to traumatic incidents directed at their communities, whether in person, on television or through social media. The wide-spread news of random, unreasonable attacks and killings of Black people have created fear, worry, and anxiety amongst People of Color.
While awareness can spur action that results in change, it can also take an emotional toll on both younger and older communities of color that can impact other facets of their lives such as schooling and relationships. This can exacerbate pre-existing mental health concerns and, in some cases, can even be the cause of mental health issues over time.
So, the question becomes: How do we begin the healing process?
One tool that can be used is found in the power of affirmations.
These are some of the healing affirmations that might help:
- “I acknowledge my desire to be healed and live fully” – We need to acknowledge what we feel. We are not able to heal what we don’t acknowledge. And what we do not consciously acknowledge will remain in control of us from within, festering and hurting us and those around us. It’s okay to acknowledge, admit, and recognize your emotions and struggles. This is the first step to healing.
- “I am committed to a step-by-step healing process” – Healing is not a one-time event. It’s a process and sometimes it can be a long one. It’s a step-by-step process. Sometimes, you unintentionally take one step backward. But what’s important is that you don’t stop, you don’t quit. You continue taking one step at a time towards your healing.
- “I look back to my ancestors for guidance” – Continue honoring and being grateful to our ancestors for what we are now and what we can be in the future because of their examples. Continue being inspired by all the great things they’ve fought for – our freedom and our rights.
I often reflect on something I once heard my friend Daniel H. Gillison, CEO of NAMI say,“Mental health conditions don’t discriminate, and neither should our mental health system. We are calling for systematic change and improved access to culturally competent care, so no one feels alone in their journey.”
With all the challenges we face because of our differences, we must always remember that we are not alone in this journey. I ask you to pay no attention and to never fear what others say about you or how society sees you. You are a wondrous creation deserving of love, respect, and care.
Try to remember that you are loved by your family, you contribute a lot to this world, and you are special in your own way. We can choose our own happiness in this world, and we can stay vigilant in securing our peace with the help of affirmations and a string self-care practice.