Brenda Nicholson

Please Excuse This Cis Gender White Woman Talking to You About Self-Care

This essay is mainly for BIPOC and LGBTQ people, and let me say up front, I mean no disrespect.

Also, please correct me if I get something wrong.

The reason that I am writing for you today is because statistically, you are the population most likely to neglect self-care. And some of you are more likely to experience health problems.

There is a movement now in the yoga community to try and involve more women of color (maybe I mean people) in yoga practice and in teaching yoga.

Most yoga studios are populated by white people, both as instructors and participants. This can make it uncomfortable for someone who is different to even enter the studio, much less take a class.

The idea of self-care for some people conjures an image of a pampered, well-to-do white woman.

The fact is, we all need self-care.

We all have bodies and minds, stress and busy schedules.

Regular self-care is vital for us to maintain any semblance of health.

And as I hope I have shown in previous essays, it doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a lot of time.

I realize that some of the things I talk about — like journaling or meditation — may be concepts that you are familiar with but are at odds with your cultural upbringing.

That doesn’t mean you can’t give them a try. And if they help, introduce them to your friends and family.

The BIPOC and LBGTQ communities need to learn more about self-care.

What can I do to help?

Read this post and more on my Typeshare Social Blog

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