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Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

Balance is an expansive topic and can have many interpretations.

Working with the research most related to balance in parenting, informal and functional support was shown to be related to self-efficacy and postpartum depression. Certain types of social networking were shown to support parent well-being across several areas. Looking at parenting from the perspective of a newly empty nest provides an interesting vantage point from which to review the parenting experience, and it lends a fresh perspective to those of us who are still “in the trenches.” Ultimately, it might be argued that it’s our degree of neural flexibility that even allows us to work perpetually towards “balance” and positive change, so we’ve included an exciting review of the knowledge and limitations of neuroplasticity.

Social Influences on Neuroplasticity: Stress and Interventions to Promote Well-Being

More research is needed to explore brain plasticity in response to social influences. What is known is that stress affects humans and animals similarly in changing the activation and physical structure of different parts of the brain. It also appears that positive emotional qualities can be acquired through training of the mind.