Some call her the Godmother of brown beauty blogging, and it kind of makes sense, since she founded Afrobella® and was named one of WWD’s 50 Most Influential People in the Multicultural Beauty Market. Patrice Grell Yursik was born and raised in Trinidad and migrated to America in 1998. She created Afrobella.com to fill a void and to celebrate the inner and outer beauty of women all shades of beautiful. Her award-winning blog shines a loving light on natural hair and the wonderfully wide range of gorgeous skin tones and sizes we come in. So what wellness advice does she have for us? Read on to find out!
5 Pieces of Wellness Advice from Patrice Yursik of Afrobella
- 1. The pace of life can be so hectic. One of my biggest lessons is, you have to take holistic care of yourself to be able to succeed, to achieve your goals, to just LIVE happily and comfortably. Our bodies are extraordinary machines that need water, clean air, healthy food, sound sleep and regular motion in order to function at our best. If you take care of yourself, then you can take care of everything else!
- 2. Over time I have come to realize that I have anxiety issues—many of us do! Many of us even have inherited anxiety, or anxiety caused by your jobs or life circumstances. I used to be really bad at dealing with my anxiety, and I’ve had my share of panic attacks. What has helped me over time? Deep breathing. Breathwork helps me to get centered, it soothes me, it brings me back to where I need to be in order to move past my anxiety.
- 3. One of the best pieces of advice I can give to anyone is, learn to cook. Learn how to make food that nourishes you and try to eat a variety of vegetables and fruits of all colors. Think about food in terms of nutrition, in terms of what it’s giving your body. It took me a long time to discover enjoyment for cooking, but now that I’m all about it, I find joy, pride, good health and financial savings are my benefits!
- 4. Sleep is so important. I use to be one of those “they sleep, we grind” entrepreneurs, and I basically ground my body down. Deadline or no, I need to get in enough hours to be able to function at my best. If that means going to bed early, then I gotta do what I gotta do.
- 5. Be patient with yourself. You have to be able to throw your shoulders back, look at yourself in the mirror and love what you see no matter where you are on your life journey. Greet yourself with kindness and radiate your beauty in the world.
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