Fear and anxiety: it is a real epidemic amongst moms. And if you didn’t listen to yesterday’s Podcast, episode 237, go back and go listen to it. I dropped some stats that are just ridiculous when it comes to parent’s mental health, and how this fear and anxiety feeds into that mental health. But there’s another emotion at play in this, which seems very far from fear, but is actually really close. And Mama’s Daily Dose is… where does this mom fear stem from? Let’s get moving, before we get interrupted.
When your baby is first born, and you get to hold that baby in your arms, for the first time, what is the emotion that most moms say they’re overcome with? It’s love. It’s like, I didn’t know that I could love this thing, this tiny thing I just met a couple moments ago, as much as I do right now. And what’s crazy is that love, the emotion of love, is not far off. From fear. Mom fear stems from love, you love this human being so much you would do anything for this human being. But that could be taken away in an instant. There’s so many things that could happen in this world, that this tiny thing that you love so much that your heart is bursting, can be taken away in a moment’s notice. And that is where this fear comes from, is that we love something so much. And we don’t know how much time we have with them. We don’t know what’s going to happen to them. We don’t know we can’t control all of these things. So stemming from our love, is all of this fear. And all of these fears in the unknown around us. That turns into anxiety. And we hold on to this anxiety because of our love.
Mama, your action today is to see how love and fear coexist and start accepting that they live together. That because you love something so much. There’s going to be fears associated with it. If you didn’t love anything, if you were pretty nonchalant about everything, you wouldn’t really have those fears. But our children and our lives are so important that we love them so much that there’s so much fear. So these two emotions exist together. And we have to learn to accept both of them and sometimes it’s fear sometimes it’s love and a lot of times it’s both together. And if you don’t already give me a follow on Instagram @MeghanQBarrett and that is Meghan with an H. 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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