While I pride myself on living an active life, and setting time to nurture my mind and spirit, so many of the Black women close to me do not; and for good reason.
When most people hear the word wellness they may automatically think of slender and incredibly fit Caucasian women, fresh from a yoga class, sipping a green juice, clad in Lululemon. The lack of representation and diversity can leave us feeling like we don’t belong. Who you see standing in the front of you at a yoga studio matters because what we see is oftentimes what we believe we can or cannot do. Hence why I decided to be a therapist and cater to people of color so there is someone who looks like you on the couch and on the mat.
Wellness can take many shapes and forms that are affordable or even free. Prioritizing sleep, going on short walks, creating a relaxation ritual or even cutting toxic people out of your life are all wellness practices that can be implemented into our lives immediately. Consider the activities that give you a sense of inner peace or the feeling, “I can lose myself in this!” Those activities are so important!
As Black women we must take care of ourselves, and each other, every single day because, quite literally, our lives, and those of our mothers, sisters and friends, depend on it. So start a weekly walking group with your friends, try mediation, finally take that yoga class. Whatever you do, do it frequently and know that Black women in wellness do in fact exist.
As a matter of fact ask me about me about my walking group, and my walk and talk therapy. Lets release some stress, connect with nature, and THRIVE WELL
Latoya Nicole Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, passionate about bridging the gap of holistic practices and mental health