6 Ways to End Mommy Worry

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As a mom, you are worried sometimes that you yell at your kids and you wonder if that is all that they will remember about you. You worry about their school schedules, eating habits and their health. These worries creep into your head around the clock, even at 2am.

Consider this staggering statistic: 80 percent of what we worry about never happens. Below are 6 ways to end Mommy worry.

1. Write It Down

When thoughts of worry whirl around in your head, it is hard to find a realistic and practical solution to control the worst-case scenarios that keep flashing in your mind. By making a list of your worries, you can better weigh the validity of what is ailing you.

Next to your list of worries, you can make corresponding columns of possible solutions. The point is that thinking about worries in the abstract may fuel unrealistic concerns. Establishing a plan is an essential step to control what is worrying you.

2. Distract Yourself

In order to curb worry, find activities that you enjoy. Take a jog around the park, read a book, or indulge in a quick nap in order to gain a fresh perspective on what is bothering you. Perhaps your worries will not completely disappear, but distracting yourself will allow you to temporarily take your mind off what is gnawing at you. Submerging yourself in another activity will enable you to tackle your problems with a fresher perspective.

3. Talk to a Friend

Confiding in a friend can also curb worry. A friend may add an insight to your issue, or you might find that releasing your fears out loud will alleviate some of the anxiety that you feel. Learning that you can lean on someone may not necessarily solve all of your worries, but will offer some comfort.

Sometimes knowing that you are not alone creates a way to climb out of that worry hole. Getting together for coffee, going to a movie, shopping, or taking a walk are simple, but effective ways to distract yourself and temporarily put your worries on hold.

4. Help Others

Sometimes we need proper context regarding what we are worrying about. By experiencing what others are facing, we might develop a different attitude toward our own problems. When we understand that some people are actually facing difficult realities, it reduces the intensity of our worries. Try to volunteer your services to keep perspective on your anxiety and problems.

5. Exercise 

A walk outside, twenty minutes on the treadmill or a jog around the park might curb some building anxiety. Physical exertion will often result in a release in endorphins and a domino effect on your emotions. Carving out time to exercise will translate into benefits that you may not realize.

6. Consider Talking to a Doctor or Therapist

If traditional routes do very little to curb your worry or anxiety, you may want to consider talking to your doctor or seek a therapist. We all need help. Reaching out, extending your hand and inquiring about professional help is not a sign of weakness, but a way to equip yourself with resources that you cannot find on your own.

What are your strategies to end mommy worry?

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Rudri Bhatt Patel is a former attorney turned freelancer writer. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is the managing editor for The First Day and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, The Review, Review Role, Reboot, The Mid and elsewhere. She writes her personal musings on her blog, Being Rudri, and is currently working on a memoir that explores Hindu culture, grief and appreciating life’s ordinary graces. She enjoys reading, writing and running. Rudri has lived in the Valley since 2009 with her husband and daughter (9). You can find Rudri on Twitter, Facebook and Being Rudri.

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