Guest Contributor: Robin Barrett (Dr. Robin B.)
Fitness Enthusiast and Pharmacist, The Dose Show
What does Black Mental Wellness mean to you?
Black mental wellness means coming together as a community to advocate and amplify our black voices. Most people do not receive proper help because they are silenced or feel embarrassed to share their experiences. We need to make space for listening to our community and having the proper roadmap for those with mental health issues to follow when they need help.
How do you promote change and well-being in the Black community?
As a Black health professional and influencer, I promote change by promoting all things self-care on my channels. Whether it's physical activity and fitness, which significantly improves mental health; or whether it's simply showcasing positivity, people feel happy when they see my page. As a pharmacist, we definitely help the mental health community by helping people identify when pharmacologic therapy is appropriate.
What are some things that we should know about your area of expertise?
Pharmacists are drug experts and know how to help people manage their medications. A lot of drugs are meant to be lifelong treatments and when patients stop abruptly, it can cause a host of side effects. It's important to continue to counsel patients on the proper way to take their medications and stay compliant.
What are your recommendations for ending stigma in the Black community?
Advocation and communication. Continuing to lift our voices about the issue is very important.
How do you make time for your own wellness and self-care?
I fit self-care into my schedule daily. Before I start my day, I make sure that I read and meditate before I jump into the chaos of the day. Then I make sure I do my skin care routine along with exercising 5 days out of the week.
What are your top 5 favorite wellness and self-care strategies?
What resources do you find most helpful to encourage mental health and wellness?
My fitness app (www.drrobinbapp.com) is super important. I focus on mindset, nutrition and effective workouts on my app.
Dr. Robin B (@dr.robinb) is a pharmacist, entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, podcast host, and social media influencer. Dr. Robin B has created her own lane in the health and beauty space by aligning with missions that promote holistic health from the inside out. She has taken the fitness world by storm by partnering with top fitness companies like 1st Phorm and Buffbunny Collection. Her medical knowledge has also afforded her the opportunity to create and produce her very own skin care brand called “Muze Labs” (@muze.labs).
She is a philanthropist and community leader who has curated multiple service initiatives in the underserved community, most recently, sponsoring events at a transition home in Los Angeles called The Alexandria House. Dr. Robin B’s primary goal has been to entertain while educating, which is why she also created a podcast in which she hosts weekly called “The Dose Show”. The podcast @thedoseshow was established to provide a platform for influential guests to provide insight on educational information and training from topics such as health, medicine, personal relationships and career planning. Dr. Robin B is a multi-talented individual in a multifaceted digital world who uses all of her platforms to inspire and educate others.