Being anxious comes with a whole other subset of issues when you're a mother. And by issues, I mean issues. These days, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone not dealing with some sort of anxiety because, well, life is hard. However, my particular type, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), is a very real, very present part of my daily life. This is why I think it's really important others are made aware of thecruelest things anyone could do to an anxious mom, to avoid doing them altogether. I mean, the more you know, right? Honestly, the more you know, right?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is described by The Mayo Clinic as, "excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interferes with day-to-day activities." While you may not have anxiety so severe it changes the way you live life, just being anxious as a mother is hard enough. You have responsibilities and little humans looking to you for guidance which, let's face it, is a lot of pressure.
My anxiety rules all parts of my day. From the moment I open my eyes in the morning, I think of all the things I have to accomplish before I can close them again. Like most, there are some things I'm excited to do (write!) and others I dread (everything else!). Being a mother with anxiety, I've endured a steep learning curve. While my children don't know me any other way, I've had to bend and flex around their needs so much, it makes my anxiety multiply in ways I couldn't anticipate. Between last minute schedule change-ups, cranky kids, and more errands than one person can possibly accomplish in a day, I often wonder how much easier things would be if I weren't carrying so much anxiety around.
If you're feeling what I'm feeling, you'll know all about the cruel things people can do to those of us battling this crippling disorder. Maybe if we shout it loud and proud, some of that anxiety will begin to melt away or, at the very least, people will stop and think about their actions and words before adding to that anxiety in the first place.