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Don't Go It Alone

By Christine R. McLaughlin

Since the beginning of time, mothers have put the family's needs ahead of their own. While moms are such exceptional nurturers, we often lose sight of our own health and happiness in the process -- and we feel uneasy leaning on others.

It's hard to know why. Maybe it's because women believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness, or we feel that handling everything is just part of being a good mom. But, none of those reasons really hold up under scrutiny. In fact, when help isn't available when you need it, a sense of isolation ensues and leads to excessive stress that could set you up for anxiety or even depression.

"Becoming a mother is the beginning of the most ambitious marathon you'll ever take on. The physical and emotional demands can drain even the strongest woman over time," says Amy Tiemann, author of Mojo Mom: Nurturing Yourself While Raising a Family (Spark Press). "We as mothers have to pace ourselves and learn to reach out to other families to offer and receive help."
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