I read an interesting feature in my Self magazine this month.
Seems that a study completed by Cleveland State University shows that women who do not have enough personal space are more likely to be depressed.
Men, they say, are able to withdraw both mentally and physically from settings in which there are a lot of people, but women have a more difficult time doing so.
The study states that women, when placed in a social setting, feel the need to interact with others.
This makes sense: We are pretty social creatures for the most part. Even those of us (like me!) who don’t really look forward to large groups of people feel that we need to mingle when put into that situation. If you are always surrounded by large groups, I can see that it would create feelings of anxiousness.
Do you have enough personal space in your home? Do you have a place you can go when you need to get away – and time to do so?
I believe oftentimes mothers do not make time or space for this, and I do know of other mothers who have disregarded this important aspect of their lives – solo time – and who become run down and depressed. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a look around. Can you find your personal space? When was the last time you had some? If it has been a while, it’s time to make a commitment to obtaining it for yourself.
On a side note, Happy Valentine’s Day working mothers! While I think this holiday is highly overrated, I do hope that you are taking some time to appreciate those that you love – and that they are taking some time to appreciate all that you do for them, too!