Self Care for Black Girls Collective was born out of founder Sharea Farmer’s personal grief journey. Created only months after the transition of her mother to ancestor, Sharea found herself looking to stay connected with family and friends from all over the United States. Once she started the group and her personal healing around grief she knew it was important to maintain emotional and social support. A group of around fort-something friends or family that were black women joined the Facebook group to join Sharea’s journey. After allowing the forty-something participants to invite Black women that were friends or family; we quickly grew to over two hundred. The Facebook group hit a strive of emotional and social support. Then March 2020 came with the global pandemic and worldly focus on Black American’s reality of racial injustice. Sharea and her team then decided to open the group up to the public with a focus on emotional wellness and practical self-care.
The group grew rapidly after making the decision to open to the public. Knowing that the group’s purpose was to be a resource and not a substitution for therapy or mental health professionals, Sharea then created structure and boundaries around her own therapeutic clinical background and the group’s new developing needs. Now you can go into the group and see daily themes or live support based on the eight dimensions of wellness.
Developed for Black Women looking for practical self-care tips or tools; we currently have about 38k Facebook members. This group gives Black women a safe space to inspire, encourage and give emotional support.
Now after a large amount of growth in less than a year, request for wellness providers specifically Black therapists and additional member support outside of the Facebook group has given birth to the Self Care for Black Girls Collective. Another free resource for visitors to the website, we look to approach healing from a holistic and wellness approach. .
Our two main goals for Self Care for Black Girls Collective:
I’m Sharea Farmer, your unofficial self care guru who’s become absolutely fascinated with building the health and wellness of Black women through giving practical steps and tools to self-care! As the owner of RS Counseling & Wellness Center, I am a therapist, trainer and believer that we deserve a space to heal emotionally, spiritually and all other wellness areas.
The goal is simple: Provide Black Women an option to prioritize self-care as part of their healing journey.
So hopefully, if you’re scrolling around our Collective, we were able to instantly attract you to one of the many wellness providers in our collective. I am committed to providing wellness resources, group memberships and other products that embrace the interdependence of the eight dimensions of wellness.
So in our Self Care for Black Girls Collective, I want to create and share some of the very best resources and tools I would use to support my client’s process their own journey!
That said I I have a passion for working with women of color on their wellness journey. I utilize workshops, groups, couples and individuals sessions to help build self-esteem, self-awareness and other empowerment skills to improve their quality of life.
Come join our journey by following Sharea Farmer linktr.ee/radiantsunshine728
***Disclaimer: These tools and resources listed on this website do not replace medical or mental health treatment.
Emotional wellness is a dynamic state that fluctuates frequently with your other six dimensions of wellness. Being emotionally well is typically defined as possessing the ability to feel and express human emotions such as happiness, sadness and anger. It means having the ability to love and be loved and achieving a sense of fulfillment in life. Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance and the ability to share feelings.
Tips for optimal emotional wellness:
Physical wellness encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors including adequate exercise, proper nutrition and abstaining from harmful habits such as drug use and alcohol abuse. It means learning about and identifying symptoms of disease, getting regular medical checkups, and protecting yourself from injuries and harm. Developing such healthy habits today will not only add years to your life but will enhance the enjoyment and quality of those years.
Tips for optimal physical wellness:
The intellectual dimension encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. Our minds need to be continually inspired and exercised just as our bodies do. People who possess a high level of intellectual wellness have an active mind and continue to learn. An intellectually well person uses the resources available to expand one’s knowledge and improve skills. Keeping up-to-date on current events and participating in activities that arouse our minds are also important.
Tips and suggestions for optimal intellectual wellness include:
Social wellness refers to our ability to interact successfully in our global community and to live up to the expectations and demands of our personal roles. This means learning good communication skills, developing intimacy with others, and creating a support network of friends and family members.
Social wellness includes showing respect for others and yourself. Contributing to your community and to the world builds a sense of belonging.
Tips and suggestions for optimal social wellness include:
Spiritual wellness involves possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to one’s life. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope and commitment to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose. It is willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence, to question everything and to appreciate the things which cannot be readily explained or understood.
A spiritually well person seeks harmony between what lies within as well as the forces outside.
Tips and suggestions for optimal spiritual wellness:
Environmental wellness is an awareness of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. It consists of maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment. It includes being involved in socially responsible activities to protect the environment.
Tips and suggestions for optimal environmental wellness:
Occupational/Vocational wellness involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is related to your attitude about your work. Achieving optimal occupational wellness allows you to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction/pleasure in your employment. Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.
Tips and suggestions for optimal occupational wellness include: