“When we look at the world we live in and the significant ways Black women are often mistreated and abused, there is a lot of healing that needs to take place for us to really have full and joyful lives.” (via Bustle)

As the Founder of Therapy For Black Girls (including the national directory of Black women therapists), Dr. Joy Harden Bradford works relentlessly to ensure that Black women are taking care of their mental health. Her involvement in ‘Dealing With Anxiety’ #blkcreatives Twitter chat was a no-brainer. Read on to find out why.

How do you know when anxiety has gotten out of control and why is that awareness so important?

Some of the ways you can tell is when it prevents you from going after opportunities you’d like to go after or if it interferes with functioning (frequently missing work, isolating yourself, etc.). The awareness is important because it can help you to develop strategies to minimize the impact it has on your life.

Finding some good mindfulness and meditation practices to do regularly might be very helpful. Yes! The key is to practice regularly so that when you really need it, it’s easier to access.

Tweet of the night:


“At any point that you decide you need some support managing anxiety, is the time for you to seek it. I also want us to stop thinking it has to get to code red before you seek help. You might be able to prevent the escalation by seeking help early.”

– Dr. Joy Harden, Therapy for Black Girls Tweet

Resources shared during the chat:

Podcast episode all about managing social anxiety —->http://therapyforblackgirls.com/session64 .

Podcast episode featuring Dr. Alicia Hodge on slaying anxiety —-> http://therapyforblackgirls.com/session38

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