A Bit About Dr. Naana Boakye
We are getting up close and personally peeking into the self-care rituals of Dr. Naana Boakye, a board-certified dermatologist and also one of the co-founders of Karité.
Her Self-care Rituals:
My day-to-day life is extremely busy with running two businesses, my kids, family and other daily activities. But I have made it a point over the last year and a half to really take the time to focus on myself because I’ve found that overall it’s made me more focused, healthier, and happier. I am an early riser and I take advantage of that aspect of myself. I try to hit the gym at least 4-5 times a week first thing in the morning around 5 am. I lift weights and really enjoy the group classes at my gym. The energy of the tribe gets me going!
I spend practically all of my time helping others but find time every week to just be by myself. It can be as simple as retreating in the house for some quiet time for reflection or funny enough, going grocery shopping alone. Grocery shopping is therapeutic for me! Especially since I’ve also adopted a more plant-based lifestyle. I don’t just throw items in the cart — I really think about each item I choose. But I have not given up on my sweets — it’s good to indulge every once in a while.
Date nights with my husband. Getting together with my siblings and parents. We talk several times a week (sometimes a few times a day!) but it’s so much better when we actually are in each others presence catching up.
Vacation!! Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to vacation, but if you are, take advantage and try to vacation at least once a year. Being able to see the world and other cultures is an experience like no other. I love being able to share these experiences with my family.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.