By Tammy Reese
As a business owner, wife, and friend, it is crucial for Media Mogul Remi Jones, Host of Remi TV to prioritize self-care and ensure that her own well-being is intact before she can support others. Remi shared with us that it is essential to acknowledge the significance of taking care of oneself, as trying to help others without having enough energy can have negative consequences. The first thing Remi likes to do is disconnect from her phone and social media.
This can be very beneficial for mental well-being. It allows you to create a boundary between the digital world and your personal space, reducing exposure to potentially negative influences. Similarly, being mindful of the content you consume and actively choosing positive and uplifting material can have a significant impact on your mental state. One of Remi’s favorite things to do is engage in physical activities like going to the gym or taking drives which is an excellent way to relieve stress and clear her mind.
Exercise releases endorphins, which promote feelings of happiness and well-being. Taking time to appreciate the present moment is also essential, as it helps you stay grounded and fully experience life as it happens.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and we’re delighted to discuss mental health and the media industry with Remi.
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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is underway. As of late, why has it become crucial for you to prioritize self-care and what has that looked like for you?
Prioritizing my mental health is of utmost importance to me. It allows me to recharge and return to my work, which I am deeply passionate about, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges. When I am well-rested, my creativity reaches its peak. I am able to think more clearly and my overall mood improves significantly. Recognizing the need for a mental health break becomes evident to me when my mood feels off, signaling that I should take a step back and prioritize my mental health.
As a business owner and entrepreneur, my days often extend beyond the typical 9-to-5 schedule. It is not uncommon for me to work 15 hours or more a day, occasionally pushing myself to the limit and even working around the clock due to racing thoughts that refuse to let me rest. So one of my favorite things to do is take the time to sleep. In addition to sufficient rest, I have discovered other activities that contribute to my mental well-being. One such activity is watching a show or movie while lighting a candle. This simple act allows me to unwind and relax, providing a much-needed break from the demands of work.
Furthermore, spending quality time with my significant other is an essential part of my self-care routine. Going out together to enjoy a meal and each other’s company contributes to my overall happiness and well-being.
How do you manage your time as a business owner, wife, and friend, and media mogul? Are there any challenging times or sacrifices? How do you navigate these valued relationships?
To effectively manage my time, I prioritize by creating a well-structured schedule for both my work and personal life. It is crucial to allocate time for both aspects, recognizing the significance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. However, one challenge I often face is when my work responsibilities start to spill over into my personal time. This tends to happen particularly when I undertake new projects that demand meticulous attention to detail. In such instances, it becomes vital to communicate openly with my significant other and friends, keeping them informed about the situation and explaining the demands of my workload.
As a veteran media professional, what are you working on currently and what can we be on the lookout for?
Right now I am organizing a charity community award show, through my non-profit which aims to shine a spotlight on and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the unsung heroes within my local community. These individuals have made outstanding contributions but often go unnoticed and underappreciated. By showcasing their accomplishments, I hope to provide them with the recognition they genuinely deserve.
The award show is scheduled to take place on May 18, 2024, at the prestigious Providence Performing Arts Center. This esteemed venue will serve as the perfect backdrop to honor these exceptional individuals. Additionally, the proceeds from the ticket sales will be utilized for two important initiatives: a job training program and a clothing drive. This way, we can ensure that the funds generated from the event have a positive impact on the community as a whole.
What more would you like to see for Black media professionals in our current climate?
Encouraging collaboration and support among black media professionals is something I wholeheartedly advocate for. In an industry that can be challenging to navigate, it is essential for us to come together, lift each other up, and foster a sense of unity. This journey is far from easy, and the support of our peers becomes invaluable as we strive to reach our goals.
What would you like to say to your fellow media colleagues to manage their mental health?
In the fast-paced and demanding world of media, it is crucial that we prioritize our mental health. The nature of our work often involves tight deadlines, high-pressure environments, and constant exposure to challenging stories. Taking care of our well-being is not only essential for our personal lives but also for maintaining our professional effectiveness and creativity. Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. Set aside time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it’s engaging in hobbies, spending time with loved ones, practicing mindfulness, or exercising. Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally is vital for maintaining balance and resilience. I think people should Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Identify specific times for work-related tasks and ensure you have dedicated time for rest, rejuvenation, and activities unrelated to work. Communicate your boundaries with colleagues and clients to manage expectations and prevent burnout. Last but not least Don’t hesitate to seek support from trusted colleagues, friends, or professionals. Sharing your challenges and experiences with others who understand the unique demands of the industry can provide valuable insight, empathy, and guidance. Consider forming supportive networks or joining industry-specific support groups to connect with like-minded individuals who can relate to your experiences.
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Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. She also directed the weekly live TV show Rough Times Live.
Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in media studies. After graduation, she did more theater and wrote and produced her own videos to spread awareness on social issues through the arts.
Tammy is an award-winning journalist and is best known for her legendary interviews with Sharon Stone, Angela Bassett, Sigourney Weaver, Phylicia Rashad, Billy Porter, Luke Evans, Geena Davis, Morris Chestnut, Essie Davis, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Michael James Shaw, Ross Marquand, Merritt Wever, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Giancarlo Esposito, Meagan Good, Jennifer Connelly, Laurence Fishburne, Vivica A. Fox, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Nelly, Ryan Coogler, Carmen Electra, Leon, Patina Miller, La La Anthony, Britt Lower, Janet Hubert, Tom Arnold, Michole Briana White, Matt Cedeño, Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, and many more.
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