172 – Why you feel more anxiety as a mom

Hey mama. This is Mama’s Daily Dose, the short, actionable podcast for mamas who want more. I’m Meghan Q Barrett of allyoumama.com. Mama’s daily dose is… why moms feel more anxiety, let’s get moving before we get interrupted.

This is one of my favorite topics because I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety in 2020, right before the whole shut down, and all of that stuff. And it got me diving in to anxiety in moms, and there is the clinical diagnosis of postpartum anxiety and anxiety. But what I found is that moms actually have more anxiety than non mothers, you have more anxiety than you did before you were a mom. And that is because there’s different stuff going on. In your brain. There’s this little thing, it’s like almond shaped, it’s called your amygdala. And in studies, it’s shown that women before they were mothers, after they were mothers, the same exact amygdala changed. Once they became mothers, it was more lit up and more active, which means that your base level anxiety is actually higher. When you become a mom, I know you may be by yourself, but I want you to raise your hand, if you felt more anxiety, since becoming a mom, right? I’m sure y’all are raising your hands. Because that’s a big responsibility. You know, you got to take care of a human, you got to make sure that they stay alive, that they’re safe. And you are, you know, the biggest impact on this child’s life, and who they are going to become in life. And with that brings lots of anxiety. So just knowing that your base level anxiety and fear is already higher than it was prior to kids or compared to those that don’t have kids is important to realize, especially when you’re trying to make changes in your life because as we talked about yesterday, with the unknown comes all of this anxiety and fear that your level, it’s already higher. So don’t feel alone in this. There’s a reason that your anxiety and fear are higher since becoming a mom. 

Alright, Mama, now that you know the reason why you feel more anxiety and fear since becoming a mom, your action today is to write down your biggest fear or what brings you the most anxiety. Write it down and just take a look at it. And if you haven’t already, please leave a rating and review for this podcast. Five stars please and have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.

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Meghan Q Barrett is Mom Success Coach who helps mamas figure their sh*t out so they can create a life they love as “mom” AND an individual without the mom guilt.

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