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253 – “Terrible things could happen, but I refuse to live in constant fear.”

In the month of May, we’ve been focusing on mom’s mental health. And a big part of that is anxiety, and worry, and all these risks and everything around us that we can’t control that brings up all this anxiety that can lead to depression and other mood disorders and other mental issues that a lot of moms have. And this week, we’re focusing a lot on fear and risks. And Mama’s Daily Dose is… “I refuse to live my life in constant fear.” Let’s get moving. Before we get interrupted.

You can choose to live your life in constant fear. There are so many risks. And there’s so much going on in the world today that you could spend your whole day analyzing those risks, asking yourself, “What if?” “Better safe than sorry!” On Monday, we talked about, how you could quit your job, and spend all of your time analyzing the risks on how you could die until you actually die. Or you can choose to acknowledge that there are risks out there. There are some scary things out there. And you choose to live your life.

It’s not a “but” they exist together. In her book, “Ordinary Insanity” Sarah Menkedick says, “I am making this choice, because I believe in myself. And nothing is without risk. Terrible things could happen, but I refuse to live my life in constant fear.”

Those risks aren’t going away. The fear is not going away. But if you believe in yourself, and you have that confidence in yourself, you can continue to live without that constant fear, knowing that the risks still exist, AND choosing to live your life.

Mama, your action today is to sit down and ask yourself, if you want to live in that constant fear. Because as soon as you make a choice, to not live in that fear, you can start acknowledging that those risks are there. And you can still live your life and not live within those risks. And if you need help with this, please reach out to a medical professional, or a mental health professional that can help you with this. They have tons of tools to help you move through that. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out Postpartum Support International. I will link them in the show notes too. They have a bunch of free resources, a 1-800 number that you can call and also a number that you can text and lots of local resources as well.

In fact, they are doing a big worldwide event coming up in June called Climb Out of the Darkness where there are walks all around the world of people coming together to bring awareness to moms mental health and how to climb out of that deep hole of anxiety or depression or whatever mood disorder disorder you may be suffering from or you have suffered from. So check that out. That’ll be linked in the show notes as well. It’s going on in Raleigh, on June 25. I will be taking part in this walk for the first time and I am so excited Postpartum Support International puts this on and is the 10th year anniversary as well. So I will link all of that in the show notes. And if you’re not local to Raleigh, as I said, there are ones worldwide. So see if there’s one near you. Or you can start one too, and have a great day free of mama guilt because you deserve it.

Rather listen than read? Listen to the podcast here:

Mama’s Daily Dose

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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