Because of the prevalence of trauma and mental health issues in the black community, Ash stresses the importance of incorporating more preventive wellness practices into a daily lifestyle.
"Hopefully Black Girl in Om can provide that for you, whether it's Self-Care Sunday or listening to the podcast and receiving some uplift, or whether it's like reading an article from one of our amazing contributors who share how they were able to be supported in their mental health journey," she said. "We're not the cure-all for everything, but it's like we are one resource that I believe is very powerful in a holistic sense for those in need."
Making time for self-care doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, but it can have a significant positive impact on your well-being. Ash and Ivory share some of their favorite ways to wind down.
-- Take a bath
Ash: My grandmother passed away like two months ago now, and she was like an avid bather. I remember as a child making a bath for her, and she also passed away in the bathtub, so that was further encouragement for me to be like, let me bathe. I love epsom salts; they help me relax. Put a little lavender in there, too.
Ivory: I mean, you have no choice but to sit there and you can't do much. Just relaxing in the water; I love that. Also, I read my Bible because that keeps me grounded. I'm inundated with so much information, I'm pulled here and there, but when I'm in my word and I'm staying close to God, I feel like a child coming to a safe place.
-- Write it down
Ivory: I've just learned so much about myself, about being married or how to be a better partner. ... It's a brain dump and I feel like when you read those pages, you be like 'Dang, bro! This is how I'm really feeling?' A lot of times you don't have time to sit and think about what's going on.
-- Practice self-compassion