Episode 123. "I feel that self-care, sometimes, it’s not just about you; it could be, like, community self-care.” ~Cassandre Dunbar
What is self-care now? In the wake of last summer’s peaceful protests against racial inequity? Alongside a presidential transition marred by threats of further violence?
How can we support the collective while caring for ourselves - and vice versa?
Challenging questions about wellness have led me to people who are redefining the standard answers, like Cassandre Dunbar. As host of the podcast, Be Well, Sis, she embodies the idea of self-care as a civic duty, speaking directly to women of color, a group long under-considered by mainstream wellness content creators.
Even with her medical degree and a background in teaching, Cassandre had difficulty locating wellness information, especially discussions centered on mental health within the Black community. So, she did what anyone with a full-time job and a family would do when inspiration struck: she let it percolate in the back of her mind for five years.
Then the pandemic hit and all her fears about starting a podcast morphed into fuel for her fire. “I just embraced being an amateur.”
Podcasting inadvertently became a three-pronged approach to wellness. Crafting each episode made her feel good, which, in turn, made her family happier. Producing the show connected her community and expanded their access to vital information.
“I want women to have a safe space to exchange ideas and information, to get encouragement...I want people to feel empowered in their health and in their wellness.”
Full show notes, resources, opportunities, other podcasts & books mentioned... You can find them here: http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/123
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