Self-Care ≠Self Sufficient

By: Erin Arney

Cheers to a new year! With all the glitz, glam, and the anticipation of a midnight kiss comes the most exciting part of all; hope. A new year often brings with it the possibility for change. Looking back 2018 had its ups and downs, but 2019 will be the year that I start taking advice from Lil Duval and live my best life. So I’ve challenged myself to determine what that means for me. Is it a feeling? Is it a set of goals? Taking clues from my family, friends, and a few notable celebrities “living my best life” means taking care of myself daily.

The #selfcare movement has started to sweep the nation as stars like Kofi Sirobe, Ebonee Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Jenifer Lewis and Charlamagne the god are creating documentaries, speaking on global platforms, starting foundations and sharing personal stories on their struggles with mental health and the value of therapy. As a community we are waking up to the importance of mental illness and holding one another accountable for our wellbeing on a physical, mental, spiritual and emotional level. Advocacy for mental health is through the roof and the Black community is letting it be known that we stand for mental health.

Having been a beneficiary of mental healthcare for many years, I couldn’t be more excited about this shift. Not only has i