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Alex Alexander



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There’s No “One-Size-Fits-All” Version of Social Wellness, with Lizzie Braicks-Rinker

• 67 min

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains some sensitive topics around the loss of a parent. Today I’m with my dear friend, Lizzie Braicks-Rinker, a wellness brand strategist and holistic health and fitness coach. We met in college, baking pie in the dorm basement, and bonded quickly; I told Lizzie my mom had passed away. She told me hers had cancer. We were at different stages in our lives than our peers, and because of this, had different needs and perspectives on wellness than they did, too. In 2022, Lizzie gave a TED Talk on Mother’s Day about the difference between wellness and physical health. Her beliefs stemmed from her experience in college, when, on paper, she was extremely healthy – she was vegan, she was on the rowing team – and yet, she was having panic attacks and chronic pain due to the wellness pieces that were missing in her life. In this episode, Lizzie and I talk a lot about holistic wellness – especially social wellness, of course – and how, really, there is no one-size-fits-all recipe. In this episode you’ll hear about: The eight pillars of holistic wellness (emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, financial) vs. the wellness industrial complexHow self-care looks different for everybody – it could involve playing with your dogs, getting your finances in order, or building a community support systemWhy social wellness is often left off the priority list of wellnessHow health (especially social health) – doesn’t have to be linear; for example, your social needs might be higher in the summer than they are in the winterCreating the “third option” instead of accepting social obligations you’re just not into – or, creating INTENTION in these obligations so they feel fulfilling to youWho is your true self vs. your ideal self? Plus, the importance of taking baby stepsResources & Links Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram! Be sure to check out Lizzie’s TED Talk and the book she recommended in this episode, The Worthy Project by Meadow DeVor, and follow her on Instagram and check out her website. Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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