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These 9 Latina Self-Care Bloggers Are Making Mental Health Practices Accessible To Everyone’s Home During Quarantine

This post was originally published Sept 18, 2018, and updated August 16, 2020.

There’s no doubt that staying at home while governments and world leaders attempt to flatten COVID-19 curve has many of us feeling helpless and out of control. To cope, some of us are taking up hobbies, baking bread and Facetiming but ensuring that we’re keeping in touch with our mental health in other ways is particularly important.

If you need extra motivation to live your healthiest life, look no further than these Latina wellness bloggers:

Celebrating food, language, and community, De Las Mías empowers Latinas to live healthier, more joyful lives.

Founded by mother-daughter duo Ana Consuelo Matiella and Sada Naegelin, De Las Mías is a platform for all Latinas. Built on confianza, De Las Mías believes that a healthy lifestyle is achieved through support from your marinas, comadres y amigas. Besides offering options for healthier eating, motivated movement and clarity, they also offer a free lifestyle app.

Wellness also means maintaining our emotional health and Cosmic Christine is here for it.

Licensed therapist and love addiction coach, Christine Gutierrez runs Cosmic Christine; a site dedicated to cleansing and care. The self-titled diosa even hosts retreats where you can embrace your inner light and become one of her diosas too.

Somos Fit Latinas is a Houston, Texas-based fitness community with members from all over the world.

Focusing on fitness, positive personal growth and balancing our traditions with healthy habits, Somos Fit Latinas is pure wellness goals. And their yearly Taco Run — a marathon during which participants actually get to snack on their fave tacos — is reason enough to want to join!

Reminding us that health is not only about diet and exercise, Cultura Con Wellness stands for the reproductive health of Latinas.

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Hey fam! ⠀ Welcome to HATW where bilingual sex ed empowers people! 👊🏾 ⠀ I’m seeing some fresh faces on here. Some of you might be thinking of the: Who What Why… of this page. ⠀ Who’s behind HATW? And who is it for? ⠀ My name is Cindy, I’m 34 years old. Born and raised in Los Angeles. My preferred gender pronouns are she/her/ella. I’m a ciswoman, bilingual Latina, woman of color and able-bodied. ⠀ I’m the oldest daughter of Central American immigrants. I have a Guatemalan side (mom’s) + a Salvadorian side (dad’s) of my family. Both sides made who I am today. ⠀ I’ve worked in public education in different capacities since 2007. From administrative to clerical roles in schools and districts for low-income families and communities. ⠀ I have a Bachelors in Spanish Language and Literature, specialization in healthcare interpretation and translation, bilingual sex educator and finishing up my Masters in Latin American Studies (<1 month away!) ⠀ I share this with you because I rarely ever saw or see folks in my community openly share their accomplishments. In fact, it seems to be a common thread among women of color to minimize their hard work. ⠀ I’m here to let you know that your hard work is yours, own that sh*t unapologetically. ⠀ Who is this page for? ⠀ This is for anyone with an open mind who wants to break the cycle of sexual shame. Wants to learn about their body to become more confident in who they are because they know about their body. Essentially anyone wanting to move toward bodily autonomy. ⠀ As someone who grew up in the Latinx community, I saw first hand the disadvantages to not receiving sex ed. Latinx culture is interwoven with cisheteropatriarchy, machismo, reproductive oppression, domestic violence, Judeo-Christian doctrine, anti-blackness, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-indigenous thoughts and behaviors. ⠀ It’s A LOT to process. However, there is so much greatness in Latinx culture too. Afro-indigeneity makes our culture rich. Denying it is what white supremacy wants because it stripped our ancestors of their identity. ⠀ (Continues in comments)👇🏾

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L.A. based Cindy Luquin, wants you to feel empowered enough about your body to ask the real questions regarding reproductive health. With regular podcasts about contraception, well-woman issues and general anatomy 101, Culture Con Wellness will teach you a thing or two about your most personal spaces.

Dedicated to women’s wellness, La Saludable Latina offers insights for a more harmonious body and mind.

A podcast and blog hosted by Women’s Wellness coach Lilia Gomez, B.S., MSW, this resource takes health past just exercise and diet. La Saludable Latina focuses on topics like mindful breathing and creating peaceful spaces as well as traditional fitness and health topics.

Full of affirmations and plant-based diet tips, Holistic Samantha knows growth can take many forms.

Run by holistic health practitioner Samantha Otero, the blog encourages the use of natural living for a more organic take on wellness. Nutritional therapy and superfoods are promoted by Holistic Samantha but so is mental healing and reflection.

Healthy Latina Lifestyle will inspire you to be zen AF with its focus on yoga, exercise and cleansing from the inside out.

Dallas-based Veronica Torres Hazley is a yoga boss and sacred self-care workshop coordinator who knows life is better with a little meditation. But Healthy Latina Lifestyle is more than a blog. Events like Taco & Chill, Namaste Lit and her upcoming Hey Chica Summit bring her brand of wellness to the masses.

Food is life-giving and Black Bean Inspiration reminds us that our meals can be healthy AND delicious.

Besides finding yummy noms on Abby Marroquin’s blog, Black Bean Inspiration will also give you tips and tricks on how to food prep to get yourself right for healthy eating the easy way.

Comadre Wellness focuses on the wellness of comadres, families, and communities of color.

Sometimes wellness comes externally from the people who help us in life. The collective of comadres, mothers, and women who make up Comadre Wellness know this to be fact. With that in mind, they offer resources such as a Chicana Mother Networking blog and information on resources like Immigration rights. They also organize community events because everyone knows we Latinas draw strength — and wellness— from each other.

READ: 7 Latinas Share Their First Period Stories And They’re Backed With All The Jajajas

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The President Of Mexico Has Tested Positive For Covid-19 After A Year Of Downplaying The Virus

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The President Of Mexico Has Tested Positive For Covid-19 After A Year Of Downplaying The Virus

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Since the very beginning of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has largely downplayed the severity of the crisis. Despite record-setting deaths across Mexico, the president continued to hold large rallies, rarely uses face masks and continues to be very hands on with his supporters. Many of his detractors grouped him in with Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jaír Bolsonaro in his poor response to the pandemic.

Mexico’s President AMLO has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing light symptoms.

In a tweet on Sunday evening, AMLO revealed that he had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. From his official Twitter account, he said his symptoms were mild and that he was receiving medical treatment.

“I regret to inform you that I have contracted Covid-19. The symptoms are mild, but I am already receiving medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will move forward,” Lopez Obrador wrote.

Despite his diagnosis, the president plans to continue business as usual. He plans to continue with his duties from the Palacio Nacional, which include conducting a planned phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine Monday. He added on Twitter, that “I will be conducting all public affairs from the National Palace. For example, tomorrow I will take a call from President Vladimir Putin, because irrespective of friendly relationships, there is a possibility that they will send us the Sputnik V vaccine.”

AMLO has taken a very hands off approach to his country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

AMLO, 67-years-old, has rarely been seen wearing a mask and continued to travel extensively across the country aboard commercial flights – putting both his health and those around him at risk.

He has also resisted locking down the economy, noting the devastating effect it would have on so many Mexicans who live day to day. And because of that, Mexico has one of the highest death rates in the world. Early in the pandemic, asked how he was protecting Mexico, AMLO removed two religious amulets from his wallet and proudly showed them off.

“The protective shield is the ‘Get thee behind me, Satan,’” AMLO said, reading off the inscription on the amulet, “Stop, enemy, for the Heart of Jesus is with me.”

In November, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, urged Mexico’s leaders be serious about the coronavirus and set examples for its citizens, saying that “Mexico is in bad shape” with the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mexico continues to experience the worst effects yet of the global health crisis.

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Thanks to a lack of national leadership, Mexico is one of the 17 countries that has reported more than one million cases of Covid-19. Since early October, newly confirmed cases and deaths have been reaching record levels, with recent daily numbers some of the highest since the beginning the pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has recorded at least 1,752,347 Covid-19 cases and 149,084 people have died from the virus in the country.

In hardest-hit Mexico City, nearly 30 public hospitals report they have reached 100% percent capacity, and many others are approaching that mark. The city’s Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, has urged residents to not go out unless absolutely necessary. In December, Mexico City and the state of Mexico were placed into “red level,” the highest measure on the country’s stoplight alert system for Covid-19 restrictions. The tighter measures included the closure of indoor dining, with only essential sectors like transport, energy, health and construction remaining open.

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Studies Say Women Are Struggling To Breastfeed For As Long As They Should, Fortunately, Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Tips

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Studies Say Women Are Struggling To Breastfeed For As Long As They Should, Fortunately, Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Tips

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If there’s one thing mothers know to be true it’s that the difficulty of motherhood doesn’t end with childbirth. When it comes to motherhood, breastfeeding in particular often proves to be one of the most difficult early steps. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 57 percent of women who breastfeed continue to do so six months after giving birth. It’s a surprising number considering the fact that the CDC also recommends that women pursue the act of breastfeeding for six months at least and that the benefits of breastfeeding are extensive. Breastfeeding has long proven to aid in the prevention of diabetes in both mothers and children, as well as the prevention of childhood obesity, allergies, SIDS, and serious infections.

Still, the process can be trying and hard.

Fortunately, Latinas are sharing their tips and techniques for keeping up with breastfeeding.

If you’re at the start of your early breastfeeding days, check out some of the tips to help you make it through below.

“Don’t give up! It gets better! Seek out help from a lactation consultant at your OB/GYN’s office or hospital — some insurance plans cover the visit at no cost. Or contact your local La Leche League for free support from other nursing moms.” –mami.guevara

“Breastfed 5 babies…best advice is relax…and every baby is different…it’s okay to ask for help…” –mommy_dee55

“Breastfed for 2 1/2 years; first 5 months were the hardest! Take your time and be patient but MOST OF ALL do what’s best for you and your baby!!” –vida_de_maddrre

“Don’t be so hard on yourself, you are a great mom. No matter how your breastfeeding journey goes, your child will be loved. That is the best you can do for your child.” –noramia1

“I say just relax it takes time for some babies to latch on. But do what’s best for you, if you can’t breastfeed DON’T be ashamed, (and others need to stop the Mommy shaming!) you can use formula, it’s not the end of the world. I have two daughters the first one breastfeed til 19 months and my 9 month old is still breastfeeding. It’s not easy but all you new mom’s out there, just know you are great.” –angie17_lo

“Keep pumping and try milkmakers lactation cookies. They are delicious and helped me so much along with fenugreek vitamins. Be patient use formula when you need to. Do what works for you mama you know best for your baby, if it’s boob great if it’s formula great. Good luck.” –rosebuds00

“One👏🏽Day👏🏽At👏🏽A👏🏽Time… Breastfeeding is NOT easy! Do what best works for you.. Even if you can only pump….but don’t give up!”nursesandy_83

“Bruh yes I’m barely on 3 WEEKS and wondering how I’m going to make it to atleast my birthday (May).” –gabrielagnunez

“Don’t hesitate to switch to formula. I was unable to produce enough to feed my baby. Formula is a safe and nutritious alternative.” –partunicorn

“If you and your baby are not thriving, switch feeding tactics. You’re not a bad mom if breastfeeding doesn’t work for you.” –alexandriatrece

“Pump when needed. The bottle and formula are fine too. As long as your baby is getting nourishment. My kid was too lazy to take the boob. I ended up pumping and giving her a bottle. She got breast milk and I had so much milk for back up. It all works out. She ended up being weened of the bottle quickly. Sipping cups were her fave. She’s 28 and very healthy!” –mrsclny

“Patience is everything. If you plan on breastfeeding you must know it won’t be easy (or it will) but every baby is different. You’ll be nursing around the clock sometimes for hours on the couch or bed. But it’s doable and for me the best decision for my kids. Sometimes I wanted to stop, but I saw their little faces and bodies growing. It was empowering that I was nourishing them. Hang in their moms, again every journey is different. Some have to go back to work, pump.. other are at home. Whatever you decided is your choice. I nursed both my kids until 3 1/2.” –glendamurakami

“Hang in there mamis! It is so worth it. The pain, scabs, and unexpected let downs go away over a few weeks/months. It’s will be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done.” –chicadel77

“this is why i pumped for a year, instead of direct nursing. there was a lot going on in my life and latching a baby to the breast at all hours of the day just seemed like too much. i’m still super happy that i was able to provide breastmilk for a year.” –damarysocana

“Every mom & every baby is different. Do what works for you & your baby. Ignore any & all negativity that goes your way. You brought a little human to this world; that’s your priority. Focus on your precious baby & enjoy your time with him/her, the time goes by so fast!” –glass.of.oj

“It’s hard. I tried and tried. My baby wouldn’t latch on and would not stop crying. Eventually I tried pumping but my supply gave out. My son is now 17 and he is a healthy, strong, kind young man. I’ll say this, try as hard as you can but if it doesn’t work, you know you did your best. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Normalize trying but finding a solution that works.” –adris_world220

“Value your own mental health too and switch to formula if you want to. It’s a safe, nutritious alternative.” –vivrami

“Seek a lactation consultant! Also, keep at it! More challenging than giving birth, according to my SO.” –sints.slrzno

“One day at a time. I breastfed all of my three children so I know how difficult and anxiety provoking it can sometimes be. No shame in fórmula at all. Do what works for you and be good to yourself.” –belkise.elena

“Just don’t give up! Keep offering it to baby and pump so you don’t get clogs. It takes a while to get into a rhythm but it will happen just have faith!5d1 likeReply

“Do whatever works for you. If it isn’t working that’s fine. No shame in formula and no shame in whipping your tittys out in public. Do whatever the fuck is best for you and your baby.” – stuffonstuff

“If you have the resources, seeing a lactation consultant is helpful. Pumping so you don’t become engorged if the baby is skipping feedings. I would say it took about three months to get a rhythm with my babies. Good luck.”- clarissava


“Nipple shield! Turns boob into bottle! Also pump the milk if they don’t latch and just bottle feed the breast milk. But mostly… Don’t sweat it! Sometimes babies just ween themselves off the booby, it’s natural!”- queen_of_my_castle_xx

“Keep pumping and try milkmakers lactation cookies. They are delicious and helped me so much along with fenugreek vitamins. Be patient use formula when you need to. Do what works for you mama you know best for your baby, if it’s boob great if it’s formula great. Good luck.”-rosebuds00

“Be patient and enjoy the moment. It seems like a long time but, time flies and you’ll miss it.” –galvanizestem


“Nursed each of my 4 kids for 2 years. Patience and perseverance are key. Listen to your body and your baby. There is no right or wing way to do it, only your way. What works for your family is it. Be open minded and flexible. Best of luck.” –dianapatricia_66


“I’ve breastfed 4 babies. One Set of Twins, one baby exclusively breastfed until 2yo and my last baby until 3.5yo. Each baby is different. They latch differently and your body will respond differently to each one. Best advice is to relax. I know it’s hard to hear, especially if you have so many other things to tend to. They feel it when you are tense. and find their favorite nursing position …try them all. You’ll find a sweet spot eventually. And feel free to allow yourself the option to supplement when needed.”-crdguzman

“I breastfeed exclusively for 2 years (no bottle, no formula, no pacifier)! Breastfeeding is the best you can do for yourself and your baby! There are so many resources out there and honestly misinformation is what causes a lot of women to never breastfeed or give up. If anyone needs help let me know!”- niraarin

“Yes, as many moms have said before don’t give up. I am currently breastfeeding exclusively to my 10month old son. I have breastfed my 2 children prior. He has definitely been the hardest! The first 5 months was filled with feelings of self doubt, guilt and pain. Now that he is 10 months, I can say i am more than glad to still be breastfeeding. It is so much easier to not worry about formula, bottles or anything. All I do is whip out my breast and that’s it. He is a happy happy baby! First few months you do have to be next to baby all day because of constant feedings and keep in mind your baby has been used to being in your womb for 9 months, it takes time lose that attachment. But keep going and you won’t regret it! Take time for yourself every once in a while and remember you created a little human who you have the ability to nourish. Our bodies have been blessed with that ability.”- vivalayumyums

“Pump when needed. The bottle and formula are fine too. As long as your baby is getting nourishment. My kid was too lazy to take the boob. I ended up pumping and giving her a bottle. She got breast milk and I had so much milk for back up. It all works out. She ended up being weened of the bottle quickly. Sipping cups were her fave. She’s 28 and very healthy!”- mrsclny



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