360 Degrees of Wellness: Meet Jenny D. Brice, Couple & Family Psychotherapist and Public Health Professional
Welcome to our newest series, 360 Degrees of Wellness. I founded the WELL brand back in 2014 on the belief that wellness should be a 360-degree conversation. Wellness isn’t just what the number on the scale says, but what you put on your body (hello, getting hives from skincare products), the company you keep and the thoughts you feed yourself. Living well is not just what you eat—it’s also about how you talk to yourself; it’s how you nourish your mind and soul. It’s about the consumer choices you make, the effect they have on others and the planet. It’s about the work you do and environment you spend your time in. All of it is connected.
In this series, I’ll be interviewing wellness luminaries on what wellness means to them and how they practice it in their daily lives. Wellness is well-rounded, a 360-degree perspective in our lives, and we want to encourage our community to lean into what they’re already doing, as well as give them tips on being WELL.
Jenny D. Brice believes in the power of personal narratives to radically re-shape our experiences and relationships. Her mission is to elevate and encourage the practice of self-realization through awareness, acceptance, compassion and appreciation; with the knowledge that people are genuinely doing the best they can with the mindsets and resources they have.
You spend your days helping others navigate their mental and emotional health? How has being a therapist informed your own mental health journey?
My work as a therapist has increased my self compassion ten-fold! It has helped me to practice what I preach. Currently, my career has landed me in the community health setting in a leadership role, and that has enhanced my mind/body awareness.
You do a lot of work with women of color. How are you helping to guide wellness into a more holistic (read: not just diet and exercise) cultural conversation?
Some of my sessions have centered around identifying, challenging and dismantling the unhelpful internal narratives and beliefs Black women hold. We often discuss how they are expected to function and take up space in the world-or not take up space, rather. A recurring theme that comes up is one I call “distorted resilience”, an imposter version of healthy resilience. I believe that more than any other demographic group, Black women are plagued with the Superwoman complex. Through that lens resilience is synonymous with enduring sacrifice, hardship and pain-physical, mental and emotional.
What wellness products are you obsessed with right now?
A Focus on 360-Degree Wellness
What does 360 wellness mean to you?
Engaging in activities and cultivating habits that are in the best interest of my future self and my highest self. I know that sounds woo-woo, but it helps me stay motivated! My metric is always SATISFACTION, as I review all the different areas of my life. This includes the quality of my relationships-both romantic and platonic. Healthy relationships are an essential element of personal wellness.
What’s your favorite way to move your body?
Rolling over in bed, lol Just kidding 🙂 I’m still working on finding an outlet that resonates with my body. So far, dancing is winning!
What’s your money mantra?
“You can’t take it with you!”
“Money flows to me easily through multiple avenues”
How do you tend to your emotions when you’re stressed?
I get still. I’ve been meditating for about 10 years, and it continues to be my go to, and I attend a weekly group meditation group. Honestly, I tend to my emotions 24/7/365, not just when I’m stressed so it makes those moments that much more manageable. Also, I’ve had my own (AMAZING) therapist for 6 years.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How does that drive how you take care of yourself?
I’m an ambivert! Taking care of myself in that way means I know how to recognize my limits, and set good boundaries when I need time to replenish my energy
What’s one sustainable lifestyle swap you recommend?
I transitioned to a plant based/vegan lifestyle over 10 years ago as a result of my shifting values. However since that time, I’ve learned that it’s one of the most impactful things that a single individual can do to support the healing of the planet.
What part does spirituality play in your wellness journey?
It’s literally EVERYTHING. I could write a whole book about my spiritual journey…I just might. 😉
What 360-Degree Wellness Looks Like In Jenny’s Life
What’s a wellness tend that you wish wasn’t? Why?
I hope I can say this here, but I worked many years as a sexual health educator, and I’m wary of products that purport to “detox” the vagina. Detox pearls, herbal rinses, etc at minimum can be so dysregulating and cause more harm than good. Your vagina is a self cleaning, sturdy machine! It doesn’t need all that extra stuff.
What is one wellness practice you have that you wish everyone could incorporate?
You spend a lot of your time helping make others well. How do you take care of yourself?
Therapy, meditation and sleep. I can’t deny it anymore, I need a full 8 hours to be 100%, this is so hard because my soul is a night owl, lol
How do you cultivate healthy boundaries in your personal relationships?
I practice honesty. I’m a big believer in doing what you can, where you are, with what you have. If you’re traveling, away from your familiar comforts, how do you maintain feeling your best? (**This can be anything: food, meditation, exercise, mindfulness. I really want to share with readers what your nonnegotiables are and how you make wellness happen.)
Aside from meditation, one of my secret weapons is doing Reiki Energy Healing on myself.
How Jenny Brings 360-Degree Wellness to Technology
What’s your favorite wellness app?
Period tracker! I write notes, track my moods and can look for trends. I’m better prepared for shifts in energy.
What’s your favorite wellness podcast?
Hmm, not sure if everyone would categorize this as a wellness podcast, but I learn so much from Hidden Brain and TedRadio Hour. Also, Side Hustle Pro is great for financial wellness.
What’s your favorite wellness account to follow on Instagram?
The Holistic Psychologist
What’s your stance on social media—is it helpful or harmful to our well being?
It’s a tool and a resource, with the explicit intention to consume your attention. Use with caution and awareness.
What’s been most helpful for you in balancing the time you spend online vs. offline?
Being aware of what’s moving me to consume it at any given time. Am I bored? Looking for a laugh? Looking for inspo? I try to be aware of when I’m going down the mindless rabbit hole.
What’s your top tip for creating healthy online communities, like the one on your Instagram account?
The type and quality of the content has a lot to do with it. My posts tend to be on the therapeutic/teaching/support spectrum and that naturally draws a particular group of people.
Interested in more of Jenny’s thoughts on wellness? Join her at WELL Summit on April 25th in Boston.
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