As a suicide survivor, black woman living with bipolar disorder and an entrepreneur, I know firsthand how easy it is to neglect your mental health and lose yourself in your career and daily responsibilities.
According to an article by PsychCentral, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that African-Americans experience depression at higher rates than Whites. Black women are running departments in corporate America, businesses, and families, and we often forget to take care of ourselves. We serve others to our demise, and it leads to poor physical and mental health.
I want to help black women become more intentional about self-care. I'm not talking about lace-fronts, manicures, pedicures, and massages. I am talking about self-care that leaves your cup overflowing so that you continue to sprinkle your black girl magic without feeling depleted.
Are you battling burn-out? Do you struggle with making time for yourself? Do you know early warning signs that your mental health is deteriorating? Do you have a plan in place to get you back on track or help you navigate a crisis? Is self-care a priority?
If you answered no to any of those questions, you need a plan. The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a self-designed prevention and wellness training that anyone can use to get well, stay well, and create the life they desire. Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland developed WRAP. It is an evidence-based practice and was initially used by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health, and life issues. People in all types of circumstances now use this resource. Of course anyone can take the course; I choose to focus on black women as we have higher rates of mental health challenges due to microaggressions, generational trauma, depression, anxiety and more.
WRAP will help you in the following ways:
Discover ways to create hope, support and advocate for yourself
Discover your own simple and safe wellness tools
Gain clarity on your values and beliefs
Develop a list of things to do every day to stay well
Identify upsetting events, early warning signs, and signs that things have gotten worse and develop action plans for responding at these times
Create a crisis plan
Create a post-crisis plan