116: Accepting & Reframing Anxiety // Becky Higgins & Becky Proudfit

As mothers, most of us face some stress, worry, and overwhelm every day–that’s just sort of the nature of caring for other humans and managing all of the moving parts of family life. But when do the everyday stressors of motherhood cross over into the realm of anxiety? And do you have to have a formal diagnosis in order to own that you’re struggling with this? 

For many of us, anxiety can feel so debilitating and unwanted, whether it’s big and diagnosed or small and annoying. But is there a way to reframe it and see some unexpected gifts within these uncomfortable feelings?

We explore these questions and so much more in this episode.

Three Takeaways 

  1. Yes, it really is anxiety.
  2. Know your triggers. 
  3. Let go of expectations.

Key Points and Quotes from this episode:

  • You don’t need a diagnosis or a lifelong debilitation to have experience with anxiety.
  • Our anxiety is usually our body’s way of communicating with us.
  • Name it and where you feel it. Ex: I feel tightness in my gut, I feel my heart pounding.
  • Triggers could be lack of hydration, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, loose boundaries, certain life circumstances
  • Expectations or perceived expectations from others (and especially from yourself) can be one of the biggest culprits for anxiety. 


Full Transcript

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4 thoughts on “116: Accepting & Reframing Anxiety // Becky Higgins & Becky Proudfit”

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  2. Great podcast! I am learning about anxiety and have a question. SoHow do I show my kids I love them when I start making them take care of themselves and be more independent. Like I do the laundry lunches and chores, But I’m worried the kids will feel less loved because I am doing all that for them. Does that make sense? I understand independence is really good, but how do I still show my love for them while I’m sitting on the couch and they’re doing everything. Ha ha ha.

    1. Rachel Nielson

      Hi, Tiesha! Well I highly doubt you’ll be sitting on the couch watching them do everything, right?? I’m sure you’ll still be doing lots and lots of things to help your home and family life run smoothly. It sounds like “acts of service” might be your love language, and that’s great! But right now, your kids might not see your service as a show of love because they might not realize that it could be any other way…they might not think about the fact that you could be asking THEM to do those things for themselves. So if you slowly start handing over responsibility to them, and they recognize that it’s their job to pick up after themselves, do their laundry, etc., then when you choose to surprise them by doing one of those things for them, they will be so grateful and feel so loved! I also think that showing your kids that you love them can come in so many different ways–such as listening intently when they talk to you, or writing them a note and sticking it in their lunch, or sitting with them when they are really upset and letting them feel their emotions. Hope this gives you some ideas!

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