It’s hard to step into anyone’s shoes. We may think we understand what others are experiencing, but we will never know.
As a white woman living in a suburban area, I can never truly know what it’s like to be a Black or Brown woman in the US today. I am always learning and it’s important that we all share that knowledge to understand and appreciate the differences around us.
That is why I decided to review Self Care for Black Women — 150 ways to radically accept and prioritize your mind, body, & soul by Olundara Adeeyo.
The book opens with the author talking with the reader from her own previous knowledge of the subject. She writes, “Hey Sis. You stressed? Girl, I know you are. You’re a Black woman in a society that constantly oppresses Black people and women.
The book includes 150 activities specifically for the Black woman. Specifically:
- Rewatch your favorite show or movie
- Hug someone
- Let go of the imposter syndrome
- Listen to your intuition
- Support black-owned businesses
- Visit your ancestor’s land
- Become a mentor
- Make a gratitude jar
- Learn to forgive yourself
The book is broken up into three different parts — mind, body, and soul. Under each category, there are a dozen or so activities that you can do to care for yourself.
All of the activities are prepared by Black women for Black women. Each one is geared to empower Black women.
Olundara Adeeyo is a psychotherapist based in Los Angeles. She is passionate about helping people improve their well-being, especially Black women. Before she was a clinical social worker, she wrote for magazines such as Cosmopolitan and XXL. She grew up in Edison, New Jersey.
It’s a beautifully written book and I’d like to offer this to any of my readers. If you would like a copy, please comment below!