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Podcast Episode 70 Parental Anxiety: Overcoming the Negative ‘What Ifs’ In Motherhood
Before motherhood, my life always included anxiety. It was all I knew because it was how I lived. “What if…” was one of the most common phrases in my vocabulary. Risks and dreams were squashed by the “what if…”.
Parental anxiety is a well-known worry that moms often feel. Even before becoming a mother, anxiety was constantly present in my life. It was a familiar feeling I had grown accustomed to, and I always thought, “What if…”. This phrase seemed to be one of my vocabulary’s most commonly used expressions. Whenever I considered taking a risk or pursuing my dreams, negative thoughts, and worries would creep in, and I would become paralyzed by the “what if” mentality.
However, after becoming a mother, I realized I needed to relearn how to take risks and face challenges. I wanted to be able to teach my children to do the same, but I knew that I could not do this if I continued to be held back by my fears and anxieties. I made a conscious effort to focus on positivity and gradually started to remove the negative thoughts holding me back.
Of course, it hasn’t been easy. Overcoming anxiety is a bumpy journey that takes a lot of effort and commitment. But I know that it is worth it. I don’t want my children to grow up in a world where “what if” dominates their thinking and limits their potential. Instead, I want to teach them to be confident, brave, and resilient in facing challenges.
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