As the devastating effects of COVID-19 continue to affect the nation, self-sufficiency for blacks has become a necessity during these troubled times. According to a Psychiatric times Report: “Blacks are know someone who has died of COVID-19 three times as often as whites. "
Self-care and great products go hand in hand. Meet six black business owners who share their tips and products to be self-sufficient during the pandemic and beyond.
Asha Banks, the founder of Cheer Notes– A number of including greeting cards have remained prayerful during the pandemic.
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"I am faithful to my morning routine of morning prayer and Bible study," said Banks. "In addition to my morning routine, I reserve Sundays to relax and take advantage of my interests – from amateur herbalists to trying new plant-based recipes."
12. and Vivs Darian Cook creates luxury skin care products and home accessories that lift the spirits of their loyal customers.
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The Detroit-based business owner knows that being an entrepreneur, running a family, and being quarantined can be tough.
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“Running a business and running a toddler can be a bit too much at times. However, I try to spend at least a few quiet minutes a day to myself without my phone, without worrying about emails or preparing my to-do list. When I have more time, a hot bath, candles and a good glass of wine or cocktail are always enough, ”said Cook.
The stress of suffering from a pandemic can damage your skin, but Tranice & # 39; Warner, CEO of Glass Skin Co.offers a wide variety of vegan cruelty free products to show your best face.
Warner keeps her self-care routine simple.
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"I self-isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic and sometimes it helps to go outside and get some fresh air," Warner explained. "When I need a little more self-care, I like to pick up tacos from my favorite taco spot and go to the beach or spend some time outside for the day."
Artists and designers in a class of their own Rachel Stewart exhibited her jewelry at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Born in North Carolina, she creates exquisite home decor for the avant-garde, fashion-conscious collector.
Stewart's self-care routine has changed dramatically since the onset of COVID-19.
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“As an artist, I've always worked with my hands in all kinds of media, wood, paint, leather, etc., so I never outgrew or cared about my nails,” Stewart said. “Since COVID-19, I've decided to grow out my nails and focus some of my creativity on them. They are now long and sometimes sophisticated; I just love it."
Tahirah Francis, the founder of Vivian Rose men's groomingoffers luxurious, natural products for the Beard Gang. She makes the same efforts and focuses on self-sufficiency.
Francis measures how she feels before implementing her self-care practice.
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“I often practice self-care. Most of it starts with me checking in to myself and being honest about how I feel. When I am tired, I rest. I give myself grace for unfinished tasks when I feel stressed. "
COVID-19 has reached an amazing level 25 million cases In the nation, it is imperative that blacks take action together to protect themselves mentally and physically.