Alcohol Awareness Month & Stress Management | MOM STRONG


MOM STRONG is Miami Mom Collective’s health and wellness initiative. We are excited to bring you monthly health and wellness events and digital content themes to help you grow in prioritizing yourself and your family wherever you are in your health and wellness journey!

We’ll be popping up at gyms, fitness studios, and green spaces all over town every month. So far, our 2024 MOM STRONG events have included:

AIRLAB Fitness & FlyFuel on January 31st &
Merrick Park on February 17th

Upcoming MOM STRONG Event

Image: April 2024 Mom Strong Wellness Event Infographic

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This Month’s MOM STRONG Theme: Alcohol Awareness & Stress Awareness Month

As we embrace the warmth of spring and the promise of new beginnings, let’s take a moment to recognize something that might not always get the spotlight: Alcohol Awareness Month.

This month isn’t just about showers bringing flowers; it’s also about raising awareness and starting conversations about our relationship with alcohol. It’s a chance to reflect on how it fits into our lives, how it affects our well-being, and how we can make informed choices.

Image: A group of people doing cheers with alcoholic beverages

It’s time to peel back the layers and get real about what alcohol means to you and your well-being.

1. Finding Balance

When it comes to alcohol, finding the right balance means knowing when to indulge and when to hold back. It’s about listening to your body, honoring your limits, and recognizing that moderation is key. Here are some practical tips for finding balance:

  • Setting limits on drinking occasions
  • Alternating alcoholic beverages with water
  • Finding enjoyable alcohol-free alternatives

2. Mindful Choices

Making mindful choices about alcohol means tuning into our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations before, during, and after drinking. It’s about asking ourselves why we’re reaching for that drink, how it aligns with our values and goals, and whether it truly serves us in the moment. Here are some practical tips to cultivate a healthier relationship with alcohol:

  • Mindful drinking exercises
  • Journaling prompts
  • Meditation

3. Mental Health

Mental health and alcohol consumption are deeply intertwined, and it’s essential to approach this topic with compassion and understanding. For many, alcohol can temporarily alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression. However, relying on alcohol as a coping mechanism can exacerbate mental health issues in the long run.

4. Celebrating Sobriety

Sobriety is something to be celebrated, cherished, and honored. Whether it’s a personal choice or a journey of recovery, choosing sobriety is a courageous act of self-love and empowerment.

National Stress Awareness Month: Preventative Stress Management

April is also National Stress Awareness Month, providing us with an opportunity to redirect our attention to preventative stress management. Just as we’ve uncovered the impacts of alcohol on our mental health, let’s now turn our focus toward proactive strategies for resilience, balance, and navigating life’s inevitable stressors with grace and mindfulness.

Image: A stressed out mom sits with her children and holds up a sign that reads, "HELP"

1. Establish Boundaries

Learn to say no to commitments or responsibilities that overwhelm you. Set clear boundaries with work, social engagements, and personal relationships to protect your time and energy.

2. Stay Active

Regular physical activity is not only beneficial for your physical health but also plays a crucial role in managing stress. Find an exercise routine you enjoy, whether it’s going for a run, dancing, or practicing martial arts, and make it a priority in your life.

3. Nourish Your Body

Fuel your body with nutritious foods that support overall well-being. Aim for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

4. Connect with Others

Cultivate meaningful connections with friends, family, and community members. Social support is a powerful buffer against stress, so make time for regular interactions and prioritize relationships that uplift and nourish you.

5. Engage in Relaxation Techniques

Incorporate relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or aromatherapy into your daily routine to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels.

We’re excited about our upcoming event at YOGASIX this Saturday, April 20th. Be sure to snag your ticket and join me… I look forward to seeing you there!

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Illiett Ojeda
Meet Illiett! Known to walk at the beat of her own drum. She strives for constant growth and isn’t afraid of the climb to achieve it. Illiett is an energetic and soul-spirited wife and mom to a supportive husband of 13 years and momma to a dynamic duo: Kash and Maui. This pair are collectively her tropical island and the proud owners of all her grey hairs (ha). Her children’s busy sports schedule has allowed her to master the very gracious bleacher hop which she wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a mom is just one of her many passion projects. When she is not working her corporate 9 to 5, she picks up her second wind and works on her side hustle. The need to have a creative outlet and a full calendar has always been something that drives her. Illiett has set out to use her past teaching and communications degrees - as well as her innate passion for inspiring to create connections through motivational speaking and DIY workshops. Her recent project of #Chasinbalance is a platform that allows her to empower and provide resources through Intentional Vision Board sessions, Wellness Retreats, DIY’s, and Fitness guidance. She invites you to follow along @illiett to experience the journey of balancing the unpredictable mom-preneur life.


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