As Black women, we are responsible for ourselves, our husbands, our children, our families......

Updated: Jun 12, 2020


Traci Love

The Black woman’s agenda should be comprised of several different factors. As Black women, we are responsible for ourselves, our husbands, our children, our families. Some of us are the sole providers in some cases and will not have a partner to help. Black women are often times tasked with carrying many loads on our backs for different reasons. Consequently, we need to make sure we are at our personal best as much as possible. How do we do this?

First, should be the active pursuit of personal health. We cannot take care of anyone else, children included, if we do not take care of ourselves. When I speak of health, I am referring to both physical and mental. In our pursuit of physical health, we should be advocating for our physicians to pay appropriate attention to our health concerns, complaints, and worries. How does this look? Well, when I voice a concern to my physician, I expect him/her to run tests, refer to specialists, or prescribe medication that is directly in correlation to my ailment.

Black women are disproportionately inclined to falling ill to several diseases, which include Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, and Stroke. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for Black women. Therefore, the immediate inception of regular exercise is mandatory. The word exercise may cause initial anxiety; however, we need to start thinking of it as a positive part of our everyday routine. Our lives are depending on it. Think of a physical activity that you love to do. Whether it is swimming, bike riding, walking, running, jump roping, or dancing-take what you love and do it at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time. I guarantee you will see and feel positive results by incorporating physical exercise into your lives.

Black women should maintain mental health as a part of their agenda. Some of us have a diagnosed mental illness, which elicits the ongoing medication management and counseling. I applaud those of us that continue to maintain our mental health in this way. Those of us who are not under the care of a mental health professional and feel like we may need to be, I encourage them to seek said treatment. I believe that everyone can benefit from a second, neutral, non-biased professional that can help shed light on some issues that Black women may or may not encounter at some point in their lives.

Self-care is another vital item that should be on every Black woman’s agenda. Self-care is comprised of whatever the personal woman feels she needs to be at her best. This could be going to the hair and/or nail salon, getting regular massages, dining out occasionally with spouses, relatives, and/or friends. I have even gone to watch a movie alone that I just wanted to enjoy by myself. Some of us may also find solace in taking occasional art classes or learning a new cooking recipe or technique. This self-care is entirely contingent upon the interests of the individual. Therefore, figure out what you love and do it!

There are so many things that we as Black women are faced with on a daily basis. In order to tackle these issues, we must ensure that we are at our personal best as much as possible. We cannot take care of business without focusing on our personal health. Once we are able to maintain total personal health, we can overcome whatever obstacles with which we are faced.

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