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It can feel like you're in a vicious cycle dealing with chronic pain and anxiety. Your body is always aching and it stresses you out. But being stressed out increases your inflammation levels leading to more pain. So, how do you get out of it? In 2021, I was finally diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder after spending years of normalizing pain and anxiety. It had gotten to a point where I was in pain almost every day.
There was a sense of relief knowing I now had a name for how I felt, but then the question became real. What was I going to do about it? I couldn't continue to live the way I was. I was going to need to be more intentional about everything if I wanted to feel better.
There is an intimate relationship you develop with your mind and body when experiencing this kind of thing. You are in tune with how one can severely impact the other. There are days when my body hurts and I'm so tired, I have to take several breaks during the day. Learning how to be more intentional with how I'm taking care of myself has been the key lesson over the last couple years. I have learned to honor my breaks and my limits. I know there is no way for me to be perfect and that loving who I am means setting boundaries.
Self-care as a Black woman is so critical and we don't see enough of what that looks like from our perspective. We deserve to slow down and love on ourselves. We deserve to be poured into. We deserve to rest.
Taylor Rachelle's mission means so much to me because I know what it's like to need to see and be reminded that it's OK for me to do what feels good. We spend so much time going through one thing after the next but we can create moments throughout the day that can slow us down for a few minutes so we can check-in.
That's my hope with Taylor Rachelle. The products and experiences I create are to meet you where you are so you can give yourself what you need in that moment.