Self-Care Beyond Beauty: Cultivating Mental Wellness in a Busy World

Self-Care Beyond Beauty: Cultivating Mental Wellness in a Busy World

In today's fast-paced world, where the demands of work, family, and social commitments often feel overwhelming, prioritising your mental wellness and self-care has never been more crucial. At Nubian Skin, we believe that true beauty radiates from within, and nurturing your mental health is a vital part of that inner glow.

The Importance of Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is more than just the absence of mental illness; it encompasses emotional resilience, life satisfaction, and the ability to manage stress. When we neglect our mental health, it can lead to burnout, anxiety, and a diminished quality of life. By prioritising mental wellness, we can enhance our overall well-being, improve our relationships, and increase our productivity.

Actionable Tips for Prioritising Mental Health

Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness involves staying present in the moment and can significantly reduce stress. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help centre your mind and reduce anxiety. Apps like Liberate Meditation, designed for the melanated community, offer guided meditations that can resonate more deeply.

Establish a Routine: Creating a daily routine can provide structure and a sense of control. Include time for work, relaxation, exercise, and hobbies. A consistent routine can help manage stress and increase productivity.

Set Boundaries: It's important to set boundaries to avoid overextending yourself. Learn to say no when necessary and prioritise tasks that align with your values and goals. Recognise the cultural pressures that may influence your decisions and give yourself permission to prioritise your needs.

Stay Connected: Social connections are vital for mental health. Make time to connect with family and friends, whether through phone calls, video chats, or in-person visits. Support networks provide a sense of belonging and can offer emotional support during tough times. Engage with communities that celebrate melanated culture and experiences

Exercise Regularly: Physical activity is a powerful tool for mental wellness. Regular exercise releases endorphins, which improve mood and reduce stress. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's walking, dancing, or playing a sport, and incorporate it into your routine. Explore fitness programs and classes: 

US-Based Classes:

The Underbelly Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley

Trap Yoga Bae by Brittany Floyd

Move with Colour by Kelsey Ellis

UK-Based Classes:

Soul Sisters Fitness by Le'Nise Brothers

TrapFit UK by Tally Ry

Prioritise Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for mental health. Establish a calming bedtime routine, avoid screens before bed, and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest can improve mood, memory, and overall cognitive function.

Engage in Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend. Acknowledge your achievements, forgive yourself for mistakes, and practice positive self-talk. Consider daily affirmations to set the tone for the day, set goals, and give yourself a mental push-start to a busy day ahead.

Take Breaks: Short breaks throughout the day can prevent burnout and enhance focus. Step away from your workspace, go for a walk, or practice a quick relaxation exercise to recharge. Integrate elements of melanated culture into your breaks, such as listening to music or reading literature by melanated authors.

Book Recommendations:

“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

 Music Recommendations:

“Brown Skin Girl” by Beyoncé  

“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar

“Feeling Good” by Nina Simone

“Free Mind” by Tems

Address Vitamin D Deficiency: Many melanated women are at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency due to higher melanin levels, which can affect the body's ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. Consider taking vitamin D supplements and incorporating vitamin D-rich foods into your diet, such as fatty fish, mushrooms, fortified cereals, and orange juice.

Seek Professional Help: Therapy can provide support and strategies for managing mental health challenges. Look for therapists who understand and are sensitive to the cultural experiences of melanated women. Organisations like Therapy for Black Girls offer directories to help you find culturally competent therapists.  

Resources for Mental Wellness

  • Mental Health America (MHA): Provides resources, tools, and support for mental health.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Offers education, support, and advocacy for mental health.

  • Therapy for Black Girls: A directory to find culturally competent therapists and mental health resources.

  • Black Minds Matter UK: Provides free therapy sessions for Black individuals in the UK.

  • Mind UK: Offers mental health support, advice, and information.

Finding Balance in a Busy World

Achieving balance in a fast-paced world requires intentional effort and self-awareness. Regularly assess your commitments and make adjustments as needed. Remember that it's okay to prioritise your mental health and well-being over external demands. At Nubian Skin, we are committed to supporting your journey towards mental wellness. By incorporating these practices into your daily life, you can cultivate a sense of inner peace and resilience, allowing your true beauty to shine from within.

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