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Transforming Trauma: Effective Self-Care Strategies to Tackle Racialized Trauma for Black Women

Jan 12, 2023

If you're an African American woman seeking to improve your self-care routine to address the unique challenges of racialized trauma, you're in the right place. Dr. Tiffany Jenkins, author of Reclaiming My Time: A Black Woman's Guide to Self-Care, will be sharing her expertise on effective self-care strategies tailored to African American women's unique experiences. Dr. Jenkins' personal journey and dedication to helping others inspired her to create a holistic approach that addresses eight essential dimensions of wellbeing. In this blog post, you'll learn exactly how to implement these strategies that cater to your physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, financial, and environmental needs. Get ready to take your self-care to new heights and thrive in every area of your life with the guidance of Dr. Tiffany Jenkins.

My special guest is Dr. Tiffany Jenkins

Meet Dr. Tiffany Jenkins, the driving force behind Awakening Change, LLC, and a devoted champion for self-care and personal growth among African American women. With her extensive knowledge of the complex factors that contribute to stress and burnout, Dr. Jenkins offers practical solutions and inspiring guidance to help women overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. Her holistic approach to self-care encompasses physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects, ensuring that her clients are empowered to create sustainable, life-changing habits.

Here are the steps to get Achieve holistic self-care by addressing eight dimensions:

Identify and understand racialized trauma

Recognize the eight dimensions of self-care

Prioritize holistic care over superficial practices

Cultivate self-awareness and self-reflection

Address physical wellness through exercise and nutrition

Nurture emotional well-being with self-compassion

Build strong social connections and support networks

Develop healthy financial habits for economic security

Pursue intellectual and spiritual growth for personal fulfillment

1. Identify and understand racialized trauma
Moreover, self-care as a tool for healing racialized trauma goes beyond the individual and has the potential to create positive ripple effects throughout our communities. By addressing our healing process and confronting the lingering impact of racial discrimination and systemic oppression, we can collectively build stronger, healthier, and more supportive communities for African American women. This is a crucial component for navigating the implicit and explicit forms of racism that we face on a daily basis. By practicing self-care for ourselves, we also become equipped to support and uplift our fellow sisters in their own journeys, forging bonds of understanding, empathy, and shared experiences. To effectively target racialized trauma in our self-care routines, it is important to integrate tools and resources that acknowledge the unique experiences of African American women. This can include seeking out culturally competent therapists, joining support groups with people who share similar backgrounds, engaging in anti-oppression work, and prioritizing the social dimensions of self-care through community engagement and activism. Ultimately, the goal is to create an environment where we can both embrace our identities and foster a sense of belonging and empowerment in the face of adversity. By addressing the intersectionality of our experiences, we will be better poised to foster holistic self-care practices that not only break the cycle of racialized trauma but also contribute to a more just and equitable society for all.

2. Recognize the eight dimensions of self-care
Moreover, implementing the principles of the eight dimensions of self-care can foster a strong sense of self and identity for African American women. In a society where racialized trauma often results in feelings of isolation, marginalization, and disempowerment, developing a comprehensive self-care routine can serve as a powerful tool for reconnection and reclaiming one's sense of self. By caring for oneself across all dimensions, one is able to not only provide the essential foundation for personal growth but also build a deeper understanding and appreciation of their unique experiences, strengths, and perspectives as African American women. In taking the time to recognize and invest in the eight dimensions of self-care is fundamental for African American women experiencing racialized trauma. Physical, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational, and financial self-care all contribute to the overall healing process and help facilitate a more balanced, fulfilled life. As Dr. Tiffany Jenkins points out, a holistic approach to covering all dimensions is vital in addressing the unique challenges African American women face. By prioritizing self-care, women can develop the resilience, strength, and self-awareness necessary to not only heal from racialized trauma but also create meaningful change in their lives, communities, and the world.

3. Prioritize holistic care over superficial practices
Furthermore, engaging in holistic self-care creates a sense of empowerment and self-determination, allowing African American women to develop a deeper connection with themselves and their communities. This connection can foster a greater understanding of one's individual needs, as well as the needs of others, leading to more meaningful connections and interactions. By recognizing the value in all aspects of well-being and taking intentional steps towards improvement, we can collectively work against the effects of racialized trauma and create supportive, nurturing environments for Black women to thrive in. In practicing holistic self-care is an essential and transformative process for African American women working to combat the effects of racialized trauma. By prioritizing all eight dimensions of wellness, we can develop healthier habits, tap into a sense of empowerment, and be better equipped to face life's challenges. As we prioritize our overall well-being and recognize the true value of self-care, we create a ripple effect of healing, strength, and resilience that can reverberate throughout our communities and positively impact the lives of the next generation of Black women. Now is the time to move beyond superficial practices and fully invest in the power of holistic self-care for the betterment of ourselves and those around us.

4. Address physical wellness through exercise and nutrition
Encouraging a culture of physical wellness in the African American community is paramount for overcoming systemic challenges and fostering a sense of self-efficacy. Fitness classes, healthy cooking workshops, and online resources tailored specifically to African American women can be invaluable tools in achieving this goal. Local communities and organizations can come together to create spaces that promote physical wellness and nutrition, which can be safe havens for people to connect over their shared experiences and learn from one another. Program initiatives like Black Girls RUN! and GirlTrek have successfully created such environments, empowering a multitude of African American women to focus on their health, form lasting friendships, and develop a support system that fosters collective healing from racialized trauma. It's important to remember that embarking on the journey towards physical wellness is a personal and unique experience for each individual. What works for one person might not work for another; therefore, it's crucial to be patient and kind to oneself while navigating the path to better health. African American women must be encouraged to seek out resources, support, and professional guidance that align with their specific needs and preferences to create a sustainable and enjoyable physical wellness routine. This tailored approach will ensure long-lasting motivation and success in achieving a healthier, happier lifestyle. In doing so, African American women will be better equipped to confront and triumph over the challenges and traumas they face, creating a ripple effect of positive change within their communities and beyond.

5. Nurture emotional well-being with self-compassion
Additionally, fostering self-compassion can also help African American women create a supportive network of like-minded individuals who share their experiences and struggles with racialized trauma. This support network can provide the encouragement and reassurance needed to maintain a self-care routine focused on nurturing emotional well-being. Connecting with others who understand the unique challenges and stressors faced by African American women can help them feel less isolated and more empowered to seek and implement self-care strategies tailored to their needs. Furthermore, sharing of self-care practices and experiences within this network can lead to a more comprehensive and effective approach to addressing racialized trauma and emotional well-being.

6: In nurturing emotional well-being with self-compassion is an indispensable component of a holistic self-care routine for African American women affected by racialized trauma. By embracing self-compassion, individuals can build emotional resilience and develop positive coping mechanisms to mitigate the impact of racialized trauma on their mental health and overall well-being. Connecting with a supportive network and remaining diligent in addressing all aspects of self-care, including the eight dimensions shared by Dr. Tiffany Jenkins, will further bolster the effectiveness of self-compassion as a self-care tool. In doing so, African American women will continue making strides towards reclaiming their time and thriving in the face of adversity imposed by racialized trauma.

7. Pursue intellectual and spiritual growth for personal fulfillment
One powerful way to cultivate intellectual and spiritual growth is through mindfulness practices, such as meditation, journaling, and reflection. These practices not only help to reduce stress and anxiety but also facilitate inner exploration and self-awareness, allowing us to decipher our thoughts, emotions, and responses to racialized trauma. Engaging in mindfulness practices has been shown to have a myriad of mental health benefits, including improved emotional regulation, increased cognitive flexibility, and enhanced resilience. Furthermore, these practices can also aid in spiritual growth by deepening our connection with ourselves and our surroundings, promoting a greater sense of purpose, and fostering a more profound understanding of our values and beliefs.

8: In addition to mindfulness practices, actively seeking out communities and social support systems that encourage intellectual and spiritual growth is another effective self-care strategy for coping with racialized trauma. Empowering networks, such as book clubs, support groups, and religious or spiritual organizations, can provide a safe space to explore different perspectives, share personal experiences, and foster meaningful connections with others who share similar backgrounds or interests. By participating in these communities, individuals can develop a sense of belonging, gain inspiration and motivation, and learn from others' experiences and insights. Ultimately, investing in your intellectual and spiritual well-being through proactive self-care strategies is a vital component in overcoming racialized trauma and achieving holistic wellness in one's life.

It can't be ignored - the racialized trauma faced by African American women poses a significant barrier to our overall well-being. Fortunately, LaQuita Monley and Dr. Tiffany Jenkins have come to our aid by sharing proven self-care strategies that address the full spectrum of our needs. Implementing these eight steps will not only help you combat the effects of racialized trauma but also enable you to achieve a more holistic sense of self-care that touches upon all aspects of your life. Stay resilient in your pursuit of wellness, and trust that these tools will guide you toward the healing and growth that you truly deserve.

Have you tried these tactics and strategies?

Share your successes and challenges with us in the comments.

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To connect with with Dr. Tiffany Jenkins:

Awakening Change LLC

Phone Number (856) 2084146

E-mail: [email protected]


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@AwakeCounseling (Twitter)

Dr. Jenkins recent workbook,

"Reclaiming My Time: A Black Woman's Guide to Self-Care"

available at :

explores the 8 dimensions of self-care and helps the reader to cultivate a consistent and individualized self-care practice.



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