Updated: Aug 23
There is something so restorative about rest. Rest is radical as f*ck.
Angela Davis describes radical as "grasping something by the root." Rest is the ceasing of work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. To rest, radically means allowing yourself to fully recover your strength, and to be intentional about listening and caring for your body.
Black and Brown girls and women stress at higher numbers than many of their non-Black or Brown male and female counterparts. Stress, which is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances, can affect the body in many different ways. Some of the ways stress can affect our bodies is by affecting our eating or sleeping habits. Living at the intersections of multiple identities whether that’s being Black, or female, or being disabled or having darker skin, stress impacts us all. While we as Black girls and women often prioritize everyone else, be sure to be intentional about prioritizing YOU.
Here are 10 ways to Rest, Radically:
Body Scan meditation
Solitude to refuel
Spending time in nature
Breathing (Breath work is extremely restorative)
Physically caring for your body (movement, pampering, etc.)