Total Health: Brea Wrzesinski On How We Can Optimize Our Mental, Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Wellbeing
Silence. Sitting in silence with yourself, having true honest conversations with yourself where you say what you need/want to say. I have learned I need to follow my own intuition when it comes to sending a clear message to somebody.
Often when we refer to wellness, we assume that we are talking about physical wellbeing. But one can be physically very healthy but still be unwell, emotionally or mentally. What are the steps we can take to cultivate optimal wellness in all areas of our life; to develop Mental, Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Wellbeing?
As a part of our series about “How We Can Cultivate Our Mental, Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brea Ann Wrzesinski
Brea Wrzesinski, LMT is a trauma-informed holistic healer in the greater Seattle area. She helps her clients embody the best version of themselves in her wellness studio, The Seven Lakes Co. She primarily works with entrepreneurs and creatives to experience release through yoga, massage and guided meditation.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?
I was raised by separated parents who both taught me examples of what I did and did not want to create for my own future. While they were both extremely hard working individuals who taught me the value in being a driven, independent individual, they simultaneously exhibited toxic traits on how they handled certain situations that were clear indications for me that I needed to do more to ensure I didn’t follow them on that journey
What or who inspired you to pursue your career? We’d love to hear the story.
I believe it was me, I had a lot of people in my circle who told me my pursuit of happiness was a waste of time. Regardless, I enrolled myself into massage therapy school anyway, hired my first business coach roughly three years into working my business as a side hustle (she was the first person who really made me feel capable, and worthy of following my dream of building my business full time), which just celebrated one year full-time on July 26, 2022!
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Was there a particular person who you feel gave you the most help or encouragement to be who you are today? Can you share a story about that?
Mackenzie Graham, is a local business babe who catapulted me into the plunge of taking my business full-time. Without her, I never would’ve submitted my two-weeks notice to my previous employer. I was comfortable and scared of the unknown — and she supported me the whole way through.
I have since worked with Alexi McKinley, who has been such an integral part of my transformation over the past six months. My business has doubled since working by her side and my confidence has skyrocketed. If you need a sign to hire a business coach, THIS IS IT! Quit sleeping on the opportunity.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting mistake that occurred to you in the course of your career? What lesson or take away did you learn from that?
I was afraid to make a presence. I was wildly uncomfortable with social media. For the first three years of my business, my social media platforms sat completely empty (not a single post) because of the anxiety I had that surrounded it. Since coming-out of my shell, my presence alone has done wonders for my business. The best part is the content — it’s messy, real, raw that seems to hold the most weight with my audience. I learned your people want to know who YOU are. They don’t want curated content about your business, just be you, and your tribe of people will gravitate towards you authentically.
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?
How To Do The Work By The Holistic Psychologist. It was such a massive part of my personal healing journey. There were a lot of light bulb moments where I didn’t even realize that what I was doing or how I was reacting was normal, or recognizable until I read that book. It led me to better respond rather than react to situations I’ve been in. It is a repeat read, most definitely!
Can you share your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Why does that resonate with you so much?
“Your mess is your message”. Someone watching you will benefit from the mess you trudged out of. So when you feel the time is right to share your story, DO IT! Because you never know when it is going to change the game for somebody around you.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now? How do you think that might help people?
I am working more on vulnerability. It’s important I tell my story. I know even in darkness, it will help a lot of people around me. People relate to real and raw stories. I’m starting to realize that more lately.
OK, thank you for all of that. Let’s now shift to the core focus of our interview. In this interview series we’d like to discuss cultivating wellness habits in four areas of our lives: Mental wellness, Physical wellness, Emotional wellness, & Spiritual wellness. Let’s dive deeper into these together. Based on your research or experience, can you share with our readers three good habits that can lead to optimum mental wellness? Please share a story or example for each.
- Move your body — Whether it be strength training, yoga or walking outside — it’s important to do something everyday that improves not only your physical wellness (which translates to your mental wellness).
- Grounding in nature — This is my favorite. Walking outside, putting your feet in the water, sand or dirt, walking barefoot, gardening, or taking care of houseplants. It does wonders on your mental health.
- Seeking professional assistance through Reiki — I highly recommend reiki for those who are looking to optimize mental wellness. In Reiki, a certified reiki master holds the entire entire body, figures out what chakras are blocked and cleared, then sends homework to nurture chakras. It’s a complete reset that makes you clear and rebalanced.It also promotes energetic healing, you can move forward with focusing on things that were blocking your growth.
Do you have a specific type of meditation practice or Yoga practice that you have found helpful? We’d love to hear about it.
Mirror Meditation — we’re our own worst critics. In a mirror meditation, you’re forced to stare at yourself in the mirror no matter how unnerving that might seem. It is one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had. During my first mirror meditation, I cried the entire time. I thought about all of the hurtful things I said to myself, then I was able to reflect on where I heard those things, and why I believed them. After releasing all the thoughts that don’t truly serve me, I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders, it was an incredible experience that I highly recommend for anybody.
Thank you for that. Can you share three good habits that can lead to optimum physical wellness? Please share a story or example for each
- REST! Give your body the space to refuel and recharge.
- Hydrate. Everyday, all the time. It’s good for your body to flush toxins and hydrate your skin!
- Move your body. Every single day, even if it’s only dancing to one of your favorite songs, just MOVE!
Do you have any particular thoughts about healthy eating? We all know that it’s important to eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, etc. But while we know it intellectually, it’s often difficult to put it into practice and make it a part of our daily habits. In your opinion what are the main blockages that prevent us from taking the information that we all know, and integrating it into our lives?
I think demonizing food in general has been really unhealthy, and popular in our society. We need to quit labeling foods as good and bad, we need to start focusing more on moderation, and not using food as a reward (one of my least favorite things to hear is “cheat meal”, it’s revolting’). It leads to deprivation which leads to overconsumption. Let’s normalize putting less processed foods into our bodies, and eating a little pasta when we want to, because that is okay!
Can you share three good habits that can lead to optimum emotional wellness? Please share a story or example for each.
- Silence. Sitting in silence with yourself, having true honest conversations with yourself where you say what you need/want to say. I have learned I need to follow my own intuition when it comes to sending a clear message to somebody
- Personal Development books. My story from above plays into this, and my why.
- THERAPY, or reiki, whichever floats your boat, because we all need someone we can talk to that isn’t connected to our situation, or the people involved in any way.
Do you have any particular thoughts about the power of smiling to improve emotional wellness? We’d love to hear it.
I don’t, other than it WORKS! Do it, SMILE, then tell me you didn’t genuinely find yourself smiling BIG!!
Finally, can you share three good habits that can lead to optimum spiritual wellness? Please share a story or example for each.
I can only give one good habit that can lead to optimum spiritual wellness: Trusting the universe! When things feel too heavy, release control and just give to the universe. Trust that everything that is meant for you will happen for you.
Do you have any particular thoughts about how being “in nature” can help us to cultivate spiritual wellness?
Yes, GROUND yourself everyday! We were made from the very components that our mother earth is made of. It’s the one thing you can do to feel whole, and one with your surroundings which is important for your spirituality.
Ok, we are nearly done. You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good for the greatest number of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.
BE Authentic and BE Vulnerable. I know we’re scared, we’re afraid of rejection, but at the end of the day anyone who can’t hold that space for you is someone who needs grace until they can meet you where you are. Maybe they have their own healing to do, maybe they’re scared of rejection, but MAYBE you showing up as you without any conditions, limitations, without watering yourself down will be exactly what that person needs to show up too, it’s all love at the end of the day.
We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US, whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we both tag them :-)
He’s one of the very first people who ever spoke to me when I started following him. I started listening to his podcast and that inspired me to hire my first coach and follow my own dreams. Not caring what people think and believing in myself. Truth and wisdom, doesn’t care what age you are. Your future is on you and you have no one else to blame.
How can our readers further follow your work online?
Facebook: Brea Ann Wrzesinski
Thank you for these really excellent insights, and we greatly appreciate the time you spent with this. We wish you continued success.