• Lynelle McMillan-Holmes

You Are Not Alone

I have collaborated with Podcaster and YouTuber, Self- Care Black Girls. Brennan Holmes wrote this awesome article for me, and I will be interviewed by her. Please enjoy this article on securing a healthy mental status during these uncertain times.

We all know how hard a majority of this year has been. The different trials and tribulations we have been through, the biggest being the active pandemic we have been trying to combat since the end of February. But through it all, we have somehow made it to December. Whether that was through the support of family, friends, peers, or some other relationship, we made it. However, many of us cannot say we made it without the loss of something important to them. Be it something physical, like a family member or friend, or something psychological, like your mental health, most have lost one or the other or both, plus some.

I want you all to stop and think for a second. Think back to everything that has happened since the initial “lockdown”. Reflect on everything that you have endured. While doing so, ask yourself, “Are you as happy now as you were before then?”. If not, THAT’S OKAY. Many people are not where they were before lockdown, but given the circumstances, I would say that is completely normal.

What I am trying to get to, is that you don’t have to go through this alone. Remember, the whole country is dealing with this. It is most likely not in the same fashion that you are, but a very close one. There are resources out there to help if you feel you are truly struggling with today’s climate. I know a lot of in-person sessions may be cancelled, but there is still the option of a zoom meeting or a phone call. If you don’t feel you are at the point of needing professional help, get in touch with a friend or family member that you are comfortable talking to. If they truly love you, they will be more than happy to listen to you vent. Who knows, they may be dealing with many similar conditions and will be relieved to know it’s not just them going through it.

Never be afraid to reach out to someone you trust and be open about what you are dealing with. You won’t know how much relief it will bring until you try.

If you want to hear more from me, you can listen to my podcast: Self-Care Black Girls (available on major streaming platforms). You can also follow me on Instagram @selfcareblackgirls or on Twitter @selfcarebgirls.

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I am truly grateful. I have always been very thankful for everything in my life including the bad parts. This year has tested everyone. However, I was pushed even further this Thanksgiving. Let me sh