Take Advantage of Work and “Woke” Social Support Networks to Improve Your Well-Being

The idea of a care-free black girl can generate images of joy, peace, and levity. Psychologists may define this state as “optimal well-being”. Research has shown that Black women who have strong support systems that understand racial discrimination are protected from experiencing depressive symptoms and have increased optimism. Another study revealed that professional Black women who received support from their co-workers are less likely to experience a combination of work and parenting related stress and are more likely to be satisfied with their life and career.

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Seawell, A. H., Cutrona, C. E., & Russell, D. W. (2014). The effects of general social support and social support for racial discrimination on African American women’s well-being. Journal of Black Psychology, 40(1), 3-26.

Linnabery, E., Stuhlmacher, A. F., & Towler, A. (2014). From whence cometh their strength: social support, coping, and well-being of black women professionals. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(4), 541-549.