243 – How mom anxiety has become the norm

Mama’s Daily Dose is… Mom anxiety has become the norm, not the exception. Let’s get moving before we get interrupted. 

 
I have yet to meet a mom that has not had some kind of anxiety come up since having kids. I mean, as moms our brains actually change where our baseline anxiety level is higher… like this is scientifically proven that it’s not just you, it is actually your brain. And we all have our own anxiety provoking things. One is not more than the other. Like for me, the breathing, I checked my baby’s breathing all the time, I had so much anxiety, I would sit there. And I’d be like, Okay, I gotta go check it if I don’t. Now, if I wait 30 More seconds, I could be too late, I’d be in the middle of washing dishes, my hands were so wet and soap everywhere, I would stop the water, dry off my hands to go walk in and make sure that my baby was breathing because I was scared that he would stop breathing. Some people are afraid to drive or afraid to have their kids climb things. It’s all these different triggers are different for moms. But most moms have some kind of anxiety. And whether it is clinical or not. What has happened is it has become so normalized in our culture, that it isn’t an urgent need. It’s not urgent in people’s minds to help mom anxieties, because this whole culture of “why risk it?” and “better safe than sorry,” is totally accepted. But what that does is it just creates more anxiety in moms more pressure on moms. And when that fear and anxiety in moms becomes normalized in our culture, it’s very difficult to get the help that you need and the help that moms need because it’s like, “hey, that’s just being a mom, moms worry.”

Mama, your action today is to note down the times that anxiety or worry pop up, maybe make a list in your phone. What are these events that are kind of like triggering those emotions? When are you using those phrases like “Why risk it?” or “better safe than sorry?” If we can figure out the source of where that anxiety and that worry is coming from, then we can work on minimizing it and working through it. So today note down those times that you’re feeling a little anxious and worried and what caused that. And have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.

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Meghan Q Barrett is Mom Success Coach and Connector who helps mamas create a life they love as “mom” AND an individual without the mom guilt. She connects mamas from all around the world so you can share your stories in a safe, supportive space.

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