Love Letter to Our People

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Nothing we say can make this feeling of crisis go away. We are in a world that fights us more than it loves us.

You are allowed to be vulnerable, and to be scared, and to feel hurt, even as you muster your strength and engage your resilience. Our vulnerability is even higher because we feel stripped of control. But ask yourself, what are the things that I can control?

Allow yourself to process what you are feeling and thinking.

Take the time to meet your needs. Self-care includes care and attention to your physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, practical and social.

Surround yourself with family and friends and food and music.

Engage in positive self-talk: I am a survivor. We are of worth. I stand tall. We are loved. I am strong. We are proud.  

Eat well, drink water, get rest, and breathe.

Get it out of your head and write it out, sing it out, dance it out, paint and draw it out, exercise it out, yell it out.

Call someone – friends, family, a crisis hotline. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK/8255 or text 741741 to the Crisis Text Line. These hotlines are available. These hotlines are available to you, even if you are not experiencing thoughts of suicide, but especially if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide. 

If you have a therapist, engage with them.  

Engage in prayer – however that looks for you.

Stay in the present.

Be gentle with yourself.

Find what works for you.

This is when we fight. This is when we resist. And your continued existence in this world is resistance. Caring for yourself, especially in this moment, is not self-indulgence, it is survival. And they will not take that from us.

-Written by Gabrielle Jackson, UndocuBlack Network