by Racquel Parker
Wellness means caring for your whole self, and it goes hand in hand with self-care. Black women, we often carry the weight of the world on our shoulders -- and then some. It can be extremely hard to slow down when you’re accustomed to constantly juggling so many things. Family, career, maintain a social life, you name it. The list goes on. As quiet as it’s kept, creating space and carving time out for yourself doesn’t have to be so hard. Here are some of our favorite communities that are cultivating safe spaces for Black women focused on wellness.
BLACK GIRL IN OM
Founded by Lauren Ash, Black Girl In Om promotes holistic wellness and inner-beauty for women of color. Black Girl in Om provides curated content, a podcast, and a digital membership. The Circle is a digital membership that features learning content, builds community, and shares resources for Black women to tap into their divine feminine energy. If you ever need a quick pick me up during the day, Black Girl Om, in partnership with "Evelyn from the Internets," offers free recorded meditation affirmations. Black Girl in Om has been featured in multiple publications such as Refinery 29, O Magazine, and the new York Times, just to name a few.
PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT
After hearing life-changing statistics, Founder Aeisha DeVore Branch created pretty Girls Sweat. Pretty Girls Sweat is a community for women of all ages. The Sweat Sisterhood membership includes exclusive content, live classes, quarterly subscription boxes, and more. There’s even an annual Sweat Fest filled with contests, performances, fitness events, and activities for members to come together and encourage each other on their journeys. Pretty Girls Sweat also provides internships to aspiring journalists and is active on more than 30 college campuses. Pretty Girls Sweat has been featured in Shape Magazine, Byrdie, and Pop Sugar among others.
THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford founded Therapy for Black Girls, an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. If you haven’t heard her podcast you’re truly missing out. The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation where Dr. Joy Harden Bradford discusses mental health, personal development, and more. The Sister Circle includes members-only events, access to Q&A sessions with experts, fosters meetups in real life with sisters in your community, and chats on relevant topics. If you’re in need of a licensed therapist, search the directory for in-person and virtual sessions right on the website. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed psychologist who has been featured in Forbes, Bustle, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Refinery 29, Teen Vogue, Essence, and more.
BROWN GIRL SELF-CARE CO.
Bre Mitchell, self-coined “The Self-Care Pusha”, founded the Brown Girl Self-Care Co. as a healing space to deal with the personal traumas she experienced throughout her life. She remembers having poor self-love and self-worth and knew she deserved so much more. After some deep soul searching, BGSC (Brown Girl Self-Care) was created. She's carefully curated content that encourages self-care, health and rest for Black women. The Brown Girl Self-Care podcast and blog discuss mental health, wellness, affirmations, bible verses, and many more resources. The Self-Care Bar offers apparel and virtual events. Brown Girl Self-Care Co. has been featured in xo Necole, Cosmopolitan, The Every Mom, Pop Sugar, Madame Noire, and Self, to name a few.