In honor of Women’s History Month, we talked in-depth with licensed psychologist, life coach, and professor Dr. Nina (@beautifulbrwnbabydol). Our curl community tuned in on IG LIVE as she helped us identify what burnout could look like and how to push it to the side by taking positive steps towards self-love. The goal is to get on the path to feeling like our best selves.
Take in all her great tips in our video (watch HERE) moderated by Deva extraordinaire / Talent + Influencer Strategist Britt Minetti. If you can’t watch the video, don’t fret — we’ve listed some key points below.
SCHEDULE YOUR VERSION OF SELF-CARE
Self-care isn’t always a glamorous vacation or extravagant spa day (even though we love those too) it can be something as simple as a nice bath at home or extending your haircare or skincare routine. Give yourself time for a 20-minute walk, walk your dog (they’re the best), set aside 10 minutes to meditate — the key is to explore simple things that bring you comfort.
EMBRACE YOUR HEALTH
Planning a doctor’s appointment, a vision exam, or exercising regularly are great ways to keep up with your health. You can get creative with your workouts, do squats during the commercials of your favorite TV shows, walk around your house — make sure to keep your body moving.
REEVALUATE YOUR FRIENDSHIPS
Good vibes only. Make sure the people around you make you feel nice and pour positivity into your life. It’s ok to leave a friendship that no longer serves you, do it respectfully. Crucial conversations can be game-changing to avoid emotional buildup.
Celebrations aren’t just for parties. Make sure you pause and praise yourself for growth, development, and change.
GETTING HELP IS EMPOWERING
Never feel uncomfortable reaching out for help. Recognizing you want someone to talk to or help you reach your goals is powerful because you want the best for yourself! Whether it’s a Life Coach or a Therapist, embrace the process, knowing that better days are coming.
Dr. Nina Recommends:
- APA (American Psychological Association)
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Visiting mental health centers in your community
- Searching “Therapist in my area” and reading through Yelp/Google reviews
We hope you’ll set aside time to watch this fantastic and very relatable video — but reading through this article is a great start. Cheers to you!