Hi Balanced Babes! My name is Dr. Antwala Robinson and I am an author, speaker, and wellness coach and consultant. I have a doctorate degree in nursing practice and am a licensed and board certified family nurse practitioner with 20 years experience in the nursing profession. I am the founder and CEO of The Wellness Agent, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
BB: We love the mission behind The Wellness Agent, what is the message you want to spread the most through this website?
The message I want to spread the most is one that inspires women and teens to live a life of total well-being. Wellness is not just about the absence of disease. Wellness is about being physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, and financially well. If any one of these areas are out of balance, it has a negative effect on the other areas.
BB: Why is it so important for women and teens to take charge of their life and health?
It is critically important because we control our health and life destiny. Taking charge is a fundamental component of empowerment. If you don’t control your health and your life, then you give others the power to control them. If you are not living a healthy and happy life, you are not performing at your optimum level and will not reach your full potential.
BB: Let’s talk more about teen empowerment and personal growth strategies for this generation, what do you think is the biggest factor that makes teen’s self-esteem dwindle, and what is one way to fix this?
I believe that teens today experience life completely different than their parent’s generation. The information era and the use of social media have created what I call a “false reality.” Today, teens are seeking acceptance within a much broader spectrum. When I grew up, you only needed to be accepted by your family, neighbors and school mates, who generally lived in your neighborhood. So, the social support network was relatively small. Today, teens are struggling with a sense of identity and the necessity to be liked by people they have no physical contact with or even know.
There are two key ways to improve teen’s self-esteem:
First, maintain balance. A great technique to work on self-esteem is to remember that the teen is the “center” of this process and that “balance” is the optimal word. It’s great to think positive of yourself, but don’t overdo it. It is also good to be critical of yourself but again don’t overdo it. Maintaining a healthy balance between the two is preferred.
Second, be selective in whose opinion you value. When you value everyone’s opinion then no one’s opinion is important. It is important to rank your friends and family to decide which of their opinions really matter in your day-to-day life. I would argue that someone on social media, who has never met you, is not the best person to judge your character by. It is better to trust the judgment of your parents, educators, or the friends that interact with you on a daily basis.
BB: How can parents support their teens to build confidence and lead a healthy life?
Parents play a vital role. Encouraging teens to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices is paramount. Parents must invest in their teens by providing financial and moral support that helps them develop healthier eating habits and behaviors, and become self-actualized individuals. Parents also have to become more active in educating their teens about some of the consequences of leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Oftentimes, there is a tendency to shelter kids from the harsh realities of life. However, that is not always best; more information is sometimes better.
BB: Tell us about your book, You Rule! Take Charge of Your Health and Life.
You rule is completely about teen education and empowerment. Teens today have a take charge mentality. They are out making things happen and are not sitting back waiting for parents to give them information about life. So, I wrote this book as a resource for parents to empower their teens and start the conversation about healthy living if they have not already done so.
This allows for a dialogue that otherwise may not happen. The book provides teens with a guide to answer questions they may not be comfortable engaging others in a discussion about. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. This book eliminates the discomfort that comes along with not knowing about healthy living. It is a teens’ one-stop-shop to taking responsibility for their health and life, and becoming successful individuals.
BB: You are an influencer for many of your followers and we know our readers want to know more about you, how do you live the Balanced Babe lifestyle?
That is an excellent question. It can be challenging. I have many demands on my time. I have a family that depends on me, a daughter in college, and I am constantly travelling and working to advocate for a healthier lifestyle. But I realized years ago, that if I was not healthy, there was a strong possibility that I wouldn’t be around to provide for my family and ensure their lives were healthy.
So, first I got organized. I took the time to think about what was important for me and of course, living a healthy lifestyle was it.
Second, I decided to change my eating habits. I reduced and eliminated certain foods from my diet and introduced more fruits and vegetables into my diet.
Third, I started getting plenty of rest. Studies have shown that the body does not perform well without sufficient rest and relaxation.
Fourth, I decided to take time to live life and prioritize what I would spend my time doing. So, I only take job assignments that provide me with the flexibility to continue the challenge to be the best mother I can be. I save time to mentor because I believe we should give back to the community.
BB: Being an entrepreneur, how do you handle time management?
The first thing we must all remember is that if you don’t manage your time, then your time will manage you. It’s simple, decide who is in charge? Are you in charge of your life? Or is your life in charge of you? I admit, sometimes things can get hectic, just make sure you remember that wherever you spend the bulk of your time, indicates what’s important to you.
BB: What is one thing you could tell your teen self if you could go back in time?
I would tell her to “Carpe diem (seize the day).” Time is a gift and no one has any idea how much time they will have. So, don’t wait, seize your moment. Set out on a course that will get you to live your best life.
BB: What are your personal tips for maintaining health between mind and body?
First tip is to remember you are important and your past does not determine your future. Second, take time to think about and learn from yesterday. Did you make choices that will help you get to where you want to go? Third, ask what have you done today to make sure you are ready for your tomorrow.
BB: Do you have any new business ventures coming up that you would like to share with us?
I will be launching a 21-day cleanse/detox program in January 2015. The program is designed to help you to “start clean in 2015!” We all have a new year’s resolution to start or stop doing something and for most of us it is to live a healthier lifestyle, and of course to lose weight. The fastest way to accomplish this is by first getting rid of the toxins that’s been invading your body. After successfully completing the program, participants will have lost several pounds, have more energy, look younger, and have mental clarity. All the details will soon be available on our website at www.thewellnessagent.com
I am constantly creating new products and programs to help others to live a life of total well- being and will certainly keep you and your readers informed. However, I would love to hear what you all think is needed that isn’t being provided and that you would like to see. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please share them with me at email@example.com.