1) What do we mean by Diaspora
Here we mean people who are living outside of their native home countries and in this discussion we are mainly focussing on those who’ve had to move away because of instability in that country, although all are welcome because we might touch on something that you can relate to, or things you can say to help a friend out.
Generally stress and anxiety manifest in the form of feelings of instability and unsettlement such as irritability, tension and worry
Physical symptoms: Headaches, insomnia, stomach pains
Extreme cases: Panic attacks, Anxiety Attacks, Heart disease, High Blood Pressure
Low to moderate stress levels are okay, sometimes to motivate us to finish work, so it’s okay if you sometimes feel stress similar to the kind you feel when you’re pressured to finish something, the kind of stress that comes with wanting to do more as an activist, a hkund of motivational stress that is manageable, and if you fell edgy from time to time only if it doesn’t become crippling or overwhelming.
These issues often harm us all in different ways and because of how different people are, there are often different reactions, I’m hoping we can share insight from each other and help each other grow.
What ways do you often deal with anxiety?
What bad coping mechanisms are you aware of?
Ways to deal with the stress :
3) Feelings of guilt and shame that may arise from feeling less connected
This mainly refers to the feeling of not feeling enough of your cultural domain.
Have you felt any of these feelings?
Have you had people say things that imply this of you? How did you react?
Can you think of ways in which this disconnection might arise…instances when people have pointed out that you’re different because you don’t act or speak in an “ideally indigenous” way?
Do you sometimes find yourself in that space of not feeling like you really belong?
How to deal with this?
4) Dealing with high expectations
Black tax and entitlement applies more to those who have dependants and those who are expected to later provide for their families