June 2, 2023

Mara’s Mom Column: Dance your cares away

Mara Fernandez

   Guess what time it is? Mom talk time, welcome back, guys! In my last column I focused on healthy meals for you and your family to enjoy at home. I’m still practicing that with the kiddos, but I also allow them a treat every once in a while when deserved.

   I am also super excited to announce that my column won an Honorable Mention at the Keystone Student Media Awards. I just received the news last week but what was more interesting to me was the exact day I got the news, I was in such a funk. I couldn’t tell if it was writer’s block or my anxiety, but I had a hard time shaking it. Suddenly, my 4-year-old put music on and started dancing out of nowhere, so I joined her. We jumped up and down for two songs and after we were finished I noticed my anxiety was gone. A word of advice: if you are ever feeling in a funk, put your favorite tune on, close your eyes and dance it off. You will burn some calories while you’re at it too

(Photo by Mara of the water intake, Herbalife tea and shake.)

  Speaking of burning calories, I recently started working out again, as I mentioned before, I’m currently trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. I ate a lot of junk food being home so much and have found that I need better fuel to get through the day. Now, I’ve started drinking a gallon of water every day, sometimes two! Staying hydrated has really helped boost my energy levels.

   I have also begun drinking Herbalife shakes. Herbalife has gone global with their weight-management and nutrition products. Their products help you lose weight by supplementing two meals a day for a shake that contains fewer calories. I’ve been doing pretty good with them for a few weeks. Someone had asked me what I miss most being on this diet. My answer: French fries! I have not had a French fry in almost a month, but the results I am seeing from this diet are definitely worth it.

A word of advice: if you are ever feeling in a funk, put your favorite tune on, close your eyes and dance it off.

   One thing that I would like to work on at this time is just being grateful. I tend to be hard on myself and don’t give myself enough credit for the things I have accomplished. I’m getting close to graduation with an associate’s degree — sometimes I can’t even believe it. The statistics

were against me, a working mom of three, but I’m close to beating those odds! I’ve still got a long way to go to be exactly where I want to be in life, but by slowing down and focusing on the present, I’ve learned that things come together as long as I put the work in.

   I know that these times have been hard for everyone. No one predicted that we would still be dealing with COVID-19 a whole year later. As moms, we can’t forget to take care of and appreciate ourselves during this time. We also need to take pride in our daily accomplishments, even the little things like getting the kids to bed on time or getting a good night sleep. Do things that make you feel like yourself again and I guarantee you will find the peace you’ve always been looking for. Last year was a tough year, but let’s promise to make this year a great one!

For any questions, comments or concerns please email me at: marangely.fernandez@nullstudent.northampton.edu

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