Being a mum with Anxiety.

From the innocent age of 6 or 7 I always knew I wanted to be a mum because i love children. They bring so much joy and have a fantastic view of the world, and a great way of keeping thing’s very simple, a much healthier way to go through life I think, my anxious adult mind definitely wants to complicate everything how ever small and insignificant it may first appear! I knew that when I grew up being a mum and having a family of my own was the main thing I wanted to achieve, I was never really driven by a career it was always having a family that I strived for.

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I grew up in a reasonably large family myself having 3 sisters, and honestly I loved it, always having some one to play with or someone to talk too, it was great. Obviously we argued and got on each other’s nerves at times but after all 4 girls in one house with all those emotions and hormones flying around, it’s never going to be plain sailing! On the whole I loved it and it just made me want children of my own even more.

Fast forward 20 odds years and here I am “living the dream” I have a husband, two wonderful daughters and Winston our dog who I also class as one of my children. I have all I ever hoped for, a family to love and take care of!

What I didn’t anticipate is that i’d be a mum, a wife and also have to manage an Anxiety Disorder.

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Worrying has been a life long gift of mine, it’s something that has always been top of my list of things I do well and do regularly. From a very young age, right through to being an adult, its not something that has ever improved with age, it’s actually just getting worse! Everyday I manage to find something new that I need to add to my worry list. Here I am now at the ripe age of 33 “living the dream” but through the eyes of Anxiety.

Any mum will tell you how much worry comes with the responsibility of being a parent, its obvious really, an entire human being is solely reliant on you, every decision you make impacts them and their life, and all you can do is go through each and every day praying and hoping not to f**K it up too much!!

Dealing with Anxiety makes being a parent a little more of a challenge, the level of worry spills over into every thing and then you start to worry that your worry will make them worry and then you start to believe you are going to be the reason they end up with Anxiety too!

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My children are obviously very aware that mummy worry’s about them because I can’t hide that but they don’t know the extent that it goes too, they just see the “normal” every day mummy worries, they don’t know how it consumes my every last thought and is the reason I don’t sleep at night.

It can be especially hard when there are things that your children want to participate in but the idea of it fills you with dread and straight away what you want to say is “No, Absolutely not” but you know that going on a School trip is something that every child does. You have to quickly come up with a plan in your mind, an idea that will make the entire ordeal easier for you to manage! Then you take a moment to realise that secretly following behind them in your car is not a reasonable thing to do, you are reminded that your mother never did that when you were child and how mortified you would have been if you’d turned around to see her frantically waving whilst trailing closely behind the coach in her car! Of course it is something I would definitely do but the voice’s of reason that are my family and friends keep me from actually doing these thing’s, thing’s they would describe as “over reacting” or “going to far”, although inside my anxious mind they seem completely expectable and actually very effective ways to deal with the situation….. the situation that it is a school trip.

Looking back now I am able to make light of the “situation” and laugh at myself, but actually in the moment and when faced with that same scenario again it will feel just as huge, consuming my every thought, cause me sleepless nights and make me wish I was a little more…… ok a lot more academically minded that I could have homeschooled them and not had to ever worry about a school trip ever again. Its definitely a process, the fear and panic is real and its awful, I have to take those irrational fears and go against my every instinct and ignore them, it is the most difficult thing to do. By ignoring them and not responding to the fear as you want to, it then creates an entirely new fear that is, “if something happens to them it’s going to be my fault because I didn’t do as my anxious mind was telling me too and follow them to ensure their safety”. Its a vicious cycle of fear and worry and it is absolutely exhausting!

This post was just a little insight that I wanted to share with you, Writing about how I manage my Anxiety and being a mum, it is not something I have written too much about in my blog so far, I have always feared the judgements I would receive, but I feel like its something I definitely want to change. My children and my family are my absolute world and sharing with you my experiences with anxiety as a mother, wife and doggy mum feels right to do.

I would love to know your thoughts? Would you like to read more blogs like this or be interested in another possible mini series that looks at life as a mum, and or wife with Anxiety, let me know in the comments below what you think?

Like my school trip story do you have any stories to share that were entirely influenced by Irrational thoughts or fears?

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Published by A Work In Progress

My name is Natalie, I am a 30 something year old wife and mum of two children and one cheeky dachshund called Winston. I am a Mental Health Blogger and aspiring motivational speaker. It was May of 2019 that I decided to set up my website A Work in Progress, to create a blog based primarily on the subject of Mental Health. I chose to call myself and my website A work in Progress because after so many years of trying to seek perfection, living with extreme Anxiety and Depression has really helped me to realise that the something I was looking for simply didn’t exist. No one is perfect nor will they ever be, we continuously evolve and grow through the different experiences we have and the hurdles we encounter, thus making perfect versions of exactly who we are at that time in our lives. The intention with my blog is to inspire other’s and help them through the tough times, whilst drawing awareness to a subject that still does not get enough attention. Over the last few years I myself have struggled with Mental Health illnesses, specifically Anxiety and Depression. I first began writing as a way of helping myself to deal with my illness. It allowed me to express how I felt in detail and in turn allowed me to process my thoughts and figure out how best to manage and deal with them. I hope to spread a little more kindness into a world that doesn’t always feel very kind. I believe it is so important to recognise the colossal impact kind words can have and remove the perception that we should aspire to be like someone else rather than be happy with who we are. I want to share my experiences with others, to show that although tough and a journey that takes time, it is possible to reach the lowest point in your life and come out the other side.

11 thoughts on “Being a mum with Anxiety.

  1. I also am a Mom and struggle with anxiety as part of my bipolar illness. I find myself struggling not to be a helicopter Mom. It is very difficult to let go and allow my daughter to make mistakes that she will learn from. My first instinct is to shelter her from making any mistakes or from any trouble really that is lurking out there. That heightened sense of protection is there for most Moms. It doesn’t mean that living with it is easy, however. Thanks for sharing your post. I would be interested in reading more.

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  2. This post is so relatable. I completely recognise the trap too – if only I had gone with my anxious instincts not to let them do this or that, then so and so wouldn’t have happened. Even though my own kids are now grown and gone, I still remember the worry. Every parent understands what it is to want to keep children safe and protected, yet at the end of the day cushioning them too much does the kids no good. The aim of child rearing is, after all, a healthy, independent minded adult.

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    1. Thank you, Yes 100%, independent adults is definitely what the goal is. Just as you describe above, it can sometimes be a little hard for the parent to adjust to the idea, It always seems to me that the children are ready to reach the next milestone in there lives before the parent is.
      Thank you for sharing your own experiences as a mum 😊

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