20 Jun '11, 2pm

Mental health for moms: 8 ways to be happier

Mental health for moms: 8 ways to be happier

Routinely setting aside time to go for a walk, write in a journal or read a book is one simple way you can raise your daily happiness quotient. “Mothers contend with so much stimulation during the day that life becomes overwhelming. From kids crying and older children needing homework help to answering cell phones and replying to emails, mothers can feel as though their nervous system is becoming fried,” says Meeker. Solitude is a necessity for our mental health. “Solitude achieves two very important purposes,” Meeker explains. “First, it allows mothers to quiet the 'noise' in their lives so that they can refresh themselves and hear themselves think. It allows our nervous system to slow down and become quieter so that we can recharge mentally, physically and emotionally. Second, solitude gives us a reprieve from giving. No woman can sustain constant giving to other humans ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/stories/menta...

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