The Struggle is Real: Balancing Responsibilities with the Need for Rest and Self-Care for Black Women

Resting is self care

By Carlene Cai Randolph

As black women, we are all too familiar with the daily struggle of trying to balance our various responsibilities and commitments with our own needs for rest and self-care. It can often feel like we are constantly being pulled in different directions, with work, family, and community demands all competing for our attention and energy.

And yet, despite this struggle, it is essential that we prioritize our own well-being and take time for ourselves when we need it. This can be difficult, especially when we feel the pressure to always be “on” and to put others before ourselves. But the truth is, taking care of ourselves is not only necessary for our own health and happiness, it is also crucial for our ability to show up and be fully present in all aspects of our lives.

So how can we balance these competing demands and find the time and energy to prioritize our own self-care? Here are a few tips:

  • Set boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries around our time and energy, and to be mindful of what we are and aren’t willing to take on. This can mean saying no to certain commitments, delegating responsibilities to others, or simply taking a step back from certain activities.
  • Make time for joy: Whether it’s taking a long bath, reading a good book, or spending time with friends and family, make sure to set aside time each day to do something that brings you joy and helps you relax.
  • Prioritize sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential for our overall health and well-being. Make sure to establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it, even on the weekends.
  • Take breaks: Whether it’s taking a walk outside, stretching, or simply closing your eyes and taking deep breaths, taking breaks throughout the day can help refresh your mind and boost your energy levels.

In conclusion, the struggle to balance our responsibilities with our own needs for self-care is real, but it’s also one that we can overcome with a little effort and mindfulness. By setting boundaries, making time for joy, prioritizing sleep, and taking breaks, we can ensure that we are able to show up for ourselves and for those around us, with energy, resilience, and positivity. #BlackGirlJoy #SelfCare #StruggleIsReal.