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The Recession is Driving Moms to Drink

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Our survey finds that 1 in 3 moms are turning to vices like overeating, drinking, drugs and gambling to cope.

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During times of hardship and financial crisis, moms have historically been the ones keeping the family together. But what happens when mom reaches her breaking point? surveyed moms -- and learned the situation is dire.

Our survey results reveal that:

1 in 3 moms are turning to vices like overeating, drinking, drugs, and gambling to cope
64% of moms feel intensely negative emotions
50% of moms are less satisfied with their lives now than before the economic downturn
• Of moms with partners who have lost their jobs, 80% feel overwhelmed and nearly 50% say they spend more time fighting and less time having sex
1 in 4 moms are having less sex
27% of moms 25-34 want more children but are holding off because of the recession

Psychotherapist and mom of two Jill Spivack offers the following coping strategies:

Remember: You are not alone. No matter how isolated you feel,you are not the only one going through this. Hundreds of thousands of women are in the same boat you are, and they can provide invaluable emotional support.

Let loved ones lighten your load.Rather than turning to vices, turn to your spouse, parents and friends who can support you and help you release your tension.This is an opportunity to bond with neighbors, family, and friends, and lean on each other for help.

Increase physical activity.In this recession, moms are more stressed and anxious than ever. Exercise, sports, deep breathing, meditation and yogaare all proven to relieve stress. Even if you can get in fifteen minutes of exercise or meditation after the kids go to bed, that will help decrease your anxiety.

Try to maintain a positive attitude. Acknowledge that economic downturns can be frightening to everyone, but the economy will turn around. You need to stay as positive as you can for your family. Make a list of the things you feel are blessings in your life (healthy children, a beautiful environment, a loving relationship with your spouse, etc.) and post them up where you can review them daily.

If you are having feelings that you want to hurt yourself or kill yourself, including having a plan, acting recklessly, seeing no reason to live (extreme hopelessness) -- call someone immediately! The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

Still struggling? See your family doctor or mental health practitioner, or visit a community health clinic, local hospital, or mental health facility. You can also gain support by talking to a spiritual leader, school counselor, or joining an online support group.

Click below to protect your marriage and kids in this recession:

Click here to see Jill Spivack's appearance on "Today" discussing momlogic's recession survival guide.

Come back tomorrow for our Momlogic Recession Survival Guide, full of inventive strategies to empower you to not only survive but thrive. We'll share how to get FREE BABYSITTING, FREE CLOTHES ... even FREE SUMMER CAMP!

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