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250 – The “what if” culture is fueling your anxiety

There was a phrase I found myself saying a lot more when I became a mom. And even more as a mom with anxiety, and Mama’s Daily Dose is…The “What if” culture. Let’s get moving, before we get interrupted? 

What if?  What if this? What if that? What if this? What if that? Do you find yourself saying what if a lot more, even if it’s just when you’re talking to yourself and questioning yourself? And I found that that is what started a lot of my anxiety and a lot of those trips down that rabbit hole. What if there’s a fire? What if my husband gets in a car accident? What if we all get COVID? What if my car breaks down… all of these different “what if” scenario. And then I spent the time going down there continually continually asking what if. 

And it is totally normalized in our culture, to have all these “what ifs.” To constantly ask what if? What if? What if, what if, what if what if… but what happens is we are spending all this time and energy on these What ifs! When… What if that “what if” doesn’t even happen? 

Mama your action today kind of wraps this whole week together of what we can and can’t control and worry and anxiety and bringing things to your consciousness and being aware of them. And today, what I want you to do is be aware of when you are thinking the “what ifs” or when you say “what if.” Say, “there’s that what if again, there it is.” You don’t have to do anything about it. You can keep going down that hole, but bring awareness to “there’s that what if” in order to make any kind of change. If we want less anxiety, if we want less worry if we want to be happier, we want to have more fun…we need to bring what we are currently doing into our consciousness, we need to be aware of the things that we are saying and the things that we are doing because if we aren’t aware of them, we’re unable to change them. So bring that awareness and have a fabulous weekend and 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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