The Well 52: Kristen Evans – Sociocultural Researcher & Wellbeing Commentator
Kristen Evans (She/Her) is a Sociocultural Researcher & Wellbeing Commentator
What is the most important thing you do for your wellness?
One of the most important things I do for my wellness is sleep when I'm tired. In my teens I started pushing through tiredness to "get one more things done." Such a constant unhealthy habit completely threw off my natural sleep rhythm for the next 15+ years. I didn't know how to sleep well and battled insomnia.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to other women?
My advice to other women: spend time studying your own physiology. The human body is the "smartest" technology we'll ever have. And your body specifically provides the personalized, customized and real-time intel you need to know yourself. Your body is smarter than any app. Study, learn and track your own physiology.
What is one quote or mantra you live by?
"... and with all thy getting get understanding" - The Bible, Proverbs 4:7b.
Early in my career as an insights researcher I was taught the difference between information and insight. Information is prepared, organized data. Insights are conclusions generated through analysis and interpretation.
But it was only through the experience of representing the voice of the consumer to business and brand leaders that I truly discovered what made an insight "good." It had understanding: an empathetic reflection of what matters and why. In a day and age where information is readily at our disposal, I believe it's crucial that we value getting an understanding, going deeper than the surface level with people on the things that matter.
Brag on yourself- what is something you are REALLY proud of?
Last year I stepped onto the TEDx stage and introduced the world to the idea of black generational wellness. After dealing with a significant case of burnout followed by a deeply revelatory recovery, I did what any good researcher would do....I turned it into an inquiry (full of qualitative interviews). I wanted to understand. So I started asking questions.
Eventually it led me on a historical, cultural, sociological look at the intersection of black women in the workplace and wellness. Question by question, story by story, woman by woman I peered inside 80 years of black wellness debt and efforts to build black generational wellness. I never imagined my slow-burn burn out would lead to a research initiative let alone the TED stage. I'm proud that I simply let my curiosity and a small-still voice inside me carry this message forward.