The practice of mindfulness is about being present in a given moment, and it’s something we can use in our daily lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, studies suggest that mindfulness practices may help people manage stress, cope better with serious illness and reduce anxiety and depression. Many people who practice mindfulness report an increased ability to relax, a greater enthusiasm for life and improved self-esteem.
Motherhood can be a joyful experience—and sometimes a stressful one. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can help restore your inner peace. It doesn't require special equipment. You can practice meditation wherever you are: out for a walk, waiting at the pediatrician’s office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.
Sadness is a normal reaction to difficult times in life and usually passes with a little time. But when a person has clinical depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and for those who care about him or her. It is a real illness. It’s not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out of” clinical depression. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better.