Mixtape Series Vol.7 — Wellness

We all experience stress. However, we do not all experience the same types and amounts of stress. Along with the general stressors of life, Women of Color experience additional stress related to their race and their gender. The burden of this identity-related stress on women of color is often ignored as is their need for support in coping with and eliminating this specific stress.

In this Mixtape volume we are focusing on wellness, self-care and self-love. The fact of the matter is, self-love is the key to unlocking any other kind of love. Despite what some may say, self-love is not selfish; it’s necessary. It’s about treating yourself with the same love, respect, and kindness you show to others.

1. Marijuana & Sleep: 9 Things to Know About Your Herbal Nightcap by Bailey Rahn | Leafly

Insomnia and anxiety are some of the key barriers to wellness. These issues continue to grow in today’s world and are huge health risks to especially women. In fact, women of color even more—they sleep roughly 45 minutes less a night than the average caucasian woman. Several studies find that Black Americans are more than twice as likely to report short sleep duration than White Americans, and this pattern has been observed in healthy adults as well as those with cardiovascular disease.

Cannabis can be a splendid sleep aid, which is why many consumers keep a go-to favorite by their bedside. Even people with the most stubborn insomnia can find their escape to the dream world with a nice sedating indica. While most people are aware that cannabis can help you get a good night’s sleep, there’s a lot more to that relationship than you might think.

Edibles are a great way to aid in a blissful night’s rest. We recommend these.


2. Intergenerational Trauma con Cynthia Flores — Acà Entre Nos Podcast | Season 2, Episode 9

Host, Kelsey, has a conversation with the amazing Psychotherapist and Marketing Director of Psychosocial Cynthia Flores about Intergenerational Trauma. Cynthia goes into What Intergenerational Trauma is, how to define it in your own life, and how to overcome it and process it


3. African Dance Healing with Wyoma | Dance is Worship with the Body

Spiritual Leaders and Healers were first dancers. There's a Zimbabwe saying, "If you can talk you can sing, if you walk you can dance."

Dancing provides physical, psychological and social benefits galore. Many studies have found that dancing can improve balance, even in frail elderly people. Improvements in gait, walking speed, and reaction time, as well as cognitive and fine motor performance, have all been recorded.

Dance studies have included jazz, ballroom, tango, folk, as well as a series of slow, low-impact dance movements—though any kind of dancing would likely be beneficial. Dancing can also help with your mood. It has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability and overall sense of well-being; with the benefits lasting over time.


4. How Are We Finding Ourselves? — Get To Know The Artists | Afro Urban Society


5. Milk and Honey — Poetry by Rupi Kaur

This New York Times bestseller consists of prose and poems written by the author that touches on the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, femininity, and healing. It’s proof that no matter how dark life may get, there’s always light on the other side.


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