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Speak From the Body

Nov 13, 2019

Nova Reid is a diversity and anti-racism campaigner who uses her professional background in mental health to focus on mindset change. She works with organisations and individuals to confront and dismantle inequality from the inside-out .

Nova is also a popular keynote speaker passionate advocate for equality and helping people be the change they want to see in the world. She regularly appears on BBC News, Sky News and BBC Radio as an expert, is a regular mentor at Women of the World (WOW) Festival and was listed as the top 100 black British women by the Black Magic Network as part of International Women's Day 2019.

Nova is also founder of multi award-winning media entity and wedding show; Nu Bride, the leading inclusive platform dedicated to diversity into the mainstream wedding industry.

  • When Nova was in between acting jobs, she trained as a sports and holistic massage therapist to provide work for herself in between acting and singing contracts
  • Whilst temping at a university, where there was a high number of students with mental health issues, Nova was invited to apply for a job supporting the students
  • She asked for mental health training, mindfulness, NLP and introductory psychotherapy and worked in student mental health for under 10 years, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia 
  • Her experiences at dance/drama college as only one of 3 people of colour out of 700 people
  • Issues with accessing health for mental health issues include lack of funding, lack of staffing, staff burnout, reactive system that prioritises people in a crisis rather than when someone is still functioning
  • The need for strong boundaries and being able to recognise the signs of burnout when you’re working in the field of mental health
  • Being an empath makes you good at your job but also makes you vulnerable to taking things on
  • Signs of early burnout that Nova recognises in herself include loss of appetite, anticipatory anxiety, stress, lowered immune system
  • Nova left working in mental health and started working for herself 4 years ago
  • When she became engaged, she realised the lack of wedding services that included black women, blogged about her experience and was contacted by brands
  • Nova created Nu Bride to celebrate diversity
  • She also started doing diversity and identity work
  • The pressure on weddings e.g looking perfect and having the perfect speech
  • “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” Audre Lorde
  • You can’t give when you’re empty, you can’t create when you’re empty, you can’t innovate when you’re empty
  • In order to be our best, we need to rest
  • Role-modelling hard work as a person of colour, ancestral 
  • Negative attitudes of self-care e.g indulgence, selfishness
  • Black and brown women being more susceptible to mental health issues
  • Brené Brown says that those who are most shame-resilient have boundaries of steel
  • Resolving the relationship with money and realising that being paid well means being able to have more impact
  • Balancing the exchange of giving and receiving energy
  • The labour and abuse that comes with doing anti-racism work
  • The most insidious acts of racism is the everyday, that are committed by well-intentioned and well-meaning people
  • Backlash after calling people out for racism
  • ‘Swatting’ in the USA where the police are called on those doing anti-racism work
  • Taking regular breaks from social media and having self-care days
  • Finding joy
  • Dealing with microaggressions (everyday slights and slurs), including taking yourself out of environments that feel unsafe
  • Microaggressions include being asked where you’re from, asked if someone can touch your hair, told you speak in a certain way, assumptions that you’re staff, being undermined and spoken over
  • We don’t always have language, but we know how they make us feel
  • Most microaggressions happen in the workplace
  • Language helps to realize it exists and it’s not in your head
  • It’s hard to call out microaggressions if you don’t have any allies and feel unsafe as you risk being minimised or receiving more abuse
  • Educating yourself about white privilege and racism.
  • Reni Eddo-Lodge ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race’
  • Nova does workshops, talks and has an online course:
  • Generational healing
  • Complex feelings around the recent royal wedding and even receiving microaggressions as an expert voice




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