Sara Elysee, LMHC
You're probably expected to take care of everything and everyone without any complaint. Rarely does anyone asks you how you are doing and if they can help with anything. Even when someone offers to help, you hesitate because you either don't want to be perceived as not being able to handle it all or don't believe they can get it done the way you can. Your mind is going a million miles a day, hoping nothing goes wrong and that you are able to get every items on your list completed. Constant worry and fear tries to take over daily; making you feel inadequate and that you're not doing enough.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder according to the DSM-5 is defined as worry that occurs more often than not for at least 6 months, challenging to control and accompanied with at least three of the following symptoms:
Edginess or restlessness
Tiring easily; more fatigued than usual
Impaired concentration or feeling as though the mind goes blank
Irritability (which may or may not be observable to others)
Increased muscle aches or soreness
Difficulty sleeping (due to trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, restlessness at night, or unsatisfying sleep)
Here are some ways you can begin to manage your anxiety and working towards being an amazing mom:
1. Take time out for yourself and do something you like.
2. Track your mood so you can identify patterns and what is causing your anxiety.
3. Go to therapy to explore what is bothering you.
4. Let your loved ones help when they offer.
5. Listen to music that makes you feel good.
Wishing the best on your journey toward peace and joy.