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Wellness is the New Black



Welcome Summer! I am excited to have re-birthed my blog with a purpose. Wellness is the New Black. It's my play on words, having been an image and style consultant for over 20 years. As black is essential in any timeless and always classic wardrobe, wellness is that for an extraordinary life. In this blog, I will approach wellness from a holistic perspective by exploring the many facets of wellness, including nutrition and, fitness, mental health; I will challenge you to expand the definition of self-care, mindfulness and mindset, personal growth, and finding more joy and peace in our fast-paced lives. After all, extraordinary women deserve extraordinary lives.


Since I rebranded just over two years ago, my understanding of "wellness" has dramatically expanded in ways I never anticipated. Through social media, we're constantly being shown the latest supplements, creams, potions, gut health, and collagen, which has become a necessary ingredient for all things youth; I mean, the list goes on.


Menopause

Can someone put your hands together for this? Menopause, once considered a taboo topic, is now gaining much-needed attention. When you see prominent media outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal shedding light on menopause and high-profile celebrities openly sharing their experiences and the topic evening gaining a commercial for the Super Bowl, you know it's a big deal. This newfound spotlight is creating space for open conversations about menopause and its impact on women's lives. In my Lizzo voice, "It's About Damn Time!"


Menopause and the Workplace; A Crucial Intersection

As someone who has personally experienced the impact of menopause in my workplace as an entrepreneur, I believe that the wellness industry's increased focus on women's workplace wellness is long overdue. By recognizing the importance of supporting women during menopause, organizations can empower their top-tier talent, enhance productivity, reduce burnout and retention, and foster a positive work environment. It's just smart business.

I've spoken with several senior executive leaders about this topic, and all agree it's a genuine concern. Still, companies must create a safe and non-judgmental space for women to share their experiences. Many women hesitate to discuss menopause-related challenges due to fear of stigma or potential repercussions. So, first things first. Organizations must create a culture of understanding and empathy so women feel comfortable sharing concerns without fearing judgment. What are your thoughts?



I have come to understand the value of prioritizing my overall well-being. In a world that often demands constant productivity and perfection, I have learned that taking care of myself is not a luxury but a necessity. What is your definition of wellness? What are some topics you would like to know more about? Let me know. This blog is for YOU.


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Live Well, Be Well,


Sonya


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Sonya Barnes
Sonya Barnes
Jun 15, 2023

Great visual!

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