Opt Into Wellness: Part 1

Feb 20, 2023

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I'm Kelley โ€” licensed therapist, burnout expert, and host of the Black Girl Burnout podcast. I encourage black women to opt out of struggle and opt into our legacy of joy and accomplishment. Join me!

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In this episode, host Kelley Bonner explores the importance of Opting Into Wellness with her guest, Dr. Cassandre Dunbar. Going through life in a constant state of burnout is normal for many black women. Mostly because burnout is what is most familiar to us. However, let today be the day that you allow yourself to create a new normal. Dr. Dunbar and Kelly share helpful strategies to assist you with identifying different forms of burnout. This episode is for you if you are ready to release burnout in all forms and allow more wellness into your life. Stay tuned til the end, to learn more about today’s homework assignment. You will be so glad that you did ๐Ÿ™‚

The Black Girl Burnout podcast is dedicated to helping black women learn how to opt-out of the mentality of struggle while also learning how to opt-into the life of joy, abundance, and good health, which is their birthright. Burnout can manifest in a variety of ways, including feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of accomplishment. It is totally ok if you are experiencing more than one of the feelings at the same time. Being able to fully align with your truth is a significant sign of strength. The ultimate goal of the podcast is to help women achieve Opting Out of Struggle.


Dr. Cassandre Dunbar is the creator/host of the award-winning wellness podcast called Be Well, Sis. In her quest to achieve holistic wellness, she noted that Black women are often alienated in Wellness spaces despite suffering the worst medical outcomes compared to their peers.  Cassandre launched her podcast in order to address this lack of inclusion.

She is also the mother of 2 spirited boys; years of ‘doing it all’ finally culminated in severe burnout following the traumatic birth of her now 4-year-old son. Her own experience ignited her passion for real heart-centered self-care for Black women like her- who’ve been socialized to be self-sacrificing since childhood. Through Be Well, Sis- her mission is to empower Black women with the resources they need to heal and thrive in all aspects of their lives and her vision is to create a world where Black women feel valued, supported, and celebrated in their pursuit of wellness.


Did you know that burnout can present in different ways in your life? Oftentimes, black women do not even know that they have reached burnout, due to growing up feeling that it was normal to keep going at a constant state of exhaustion. However, this podcast is all about changing that mindset. Once you are able to recognize the different ways that burnout shows up in your life, you can begin the process of opting into wellness and creating a new norm for yourself.  Let today be the day that you say NO MORE, to all versions of the struggle.

If you are new to the Black Girl Burnout podcast, or a happily subscribed member of the Black Girl Burnout community (big hug), thank you so much for your support. Message us on social media and let us know how burnout is showing up in your life. Also, let us know how this episode resonated with you. By the way, have you been enjoying our new licensed musical treat by Mayyadda?  Let us know what you think about the vibe of our new podcast sound. Stay tuned, we will be interviewing her soon, she is amazing!

Check out these time stamps from the podcast audio and let us know what you think on social media ๐Ÿ™‚

Figuring Out How To Be Well  [3:50]

Opting Into Wellness  [5:23]

The Role of Burnout  [10:34]


Click below to view the full transcript for this podcast episode. 

Opt Into Wellness – Part 1


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Are you a black woman who has been feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and confined to the struggle? If so, the Black Girl Burnout podcast is here for you. Journey along with host Kelley Bonner as she interviews guests and shares personal anecdotes about productive ways to opt-out of struggle and opt into happiness,ย  while navigating the unique challenges and joys of being a black woman in today’s world. From work and relationships to self-care and mental health, this podcast is a safe space to explore and find support along the journey towards your goals. Join our community and start feeling more connected and less burnt out.

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Producer  – Wendye Walter

Creative Director – William Cornell

Associate Producer – Amanda St. Maur

Cover Art – Reignland Creatives