It would be great if we all felt our best, all the time, and were constantly brimming over with confidence, optimism, and motivation.
Parental anxiety is widespread. The latest figures from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) indicate that 40 million US adults carry an anxiety disorder diagnosis each year. This figure doesn’t even reflect the less severe worry and anxiety constricting people’s lives. While we don’t have an exact breakdown of the anxious statistics, in terms of the content and sources of people’s anxiety, it’s a safe bet that anxiety related to parenting is well represented in these shocking figures.
We are officially in the heart of the holiday season, and while the Christmas songs on the radio may be saying “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” we know that it’s really one of the most stressful. While we do our best to fully prepare for the holiday season, the sheer amount of things that need to be done and the decreasing amount of time to do them in can cause a lot of stress.