Before I got diagnosed with anxiety, I had no idea I had it. I got everything done! Nothing scared me! So how could I have anxiety? Well, the truth is, anxiety is sneaky — and it looks different for everyone.
It crept into my life with useless warnings of dire things. Like I’d be almost asleep at night, and my anxiety would show up to say, “Hey, did you sign that permission slip? And what are you going to do about the leak in the downstairs bathroom? And by the way, did you see the news today?”
The truth is that anxiety has diverse symptoms that can easily be dismissed, especially for a busy mom like me. I was so used to putting my head down and just getting everything DONE that I didn’t realize how much it was disrupting my life. When my doctor told me what I was experiencing was anxiety, it was actually a relief to know I wasn’t, you know, losing my mind.
It’s not just me, either. All my mom friends are struggling. This isn’t exactly news — we’re expected to do ALL THE THINGS without enough sleep or downtime. Not only is there work, the house, the laundry, the cooking, but you also have to remember field trip forms and which kid needs new shoes. And when, exactly, is the band concert?
Luckily, I found a solution that works for me (more about that later). But first let’s talk about what anxiety can look like so you can address it before it disrupts more of your life. Because none of us have time for that.
Sleep? What’s Sleep?
Night after night I’d lay awake with a racing heart. At first I thought it was my diet, but nope. It was anxiety. And guess what makes anxiety worse? Yep, lack of sleep. This is how I found my solution: gummy bears. Specifically, these CBD gummies for sleep. GAME. CHANGER.
What Was I Doing Again?
I always hit the ground running from the moment I wake up until I drag my butt to bed. But I started noticing I was having trouble staying on task and focusing on what I was doing, and it was much worse as a mom with kids interrupting me constantly. I thought I had “mom brain” but nope. Again, it was anxiety.
I Don’t Want to Mom Today. My Everything Hurts.
You know what you do when you are anxious? You tense up, which can make your head, neck, and shoulders hurt. I was popping meds like candy, but without treating the anxiety, the pain always came back.
I’m Busy. Call Me Never.
I used to go out with friends all the time, even after I had my kids. Because I knew I was happier when I had adult human interaction. But as my anxiety crept up, the number of times I said no grew. Eventually people stopped calling. Withdrawing from social events? Yep, that can be connected to anxiety.
OMG WHAT DO YOU WANT ALREADY?!
I always used to get a bit cranky around a certain time of the month, but my family brought to my attention that I’d developed an irritation trigger finger. I’d flip out over the smallest things and was, well, a jerk to everyone. Now when I start to feel irritated, I grab some CBD oil and take a mom time-out. It helps.
Help Me! I’m Freaking Out.
It seems like panic attacks should be easy to spot, right? WRONG. I thought if you didn’t need to breathe into a bag, you weren’t having a panic attack. It turns out they can be far more subtle, especially for women. I had no idea my “freak-outs” were really panic attacks.
So what I’m saying is this: Anxiety is really common, super sneaky, and steals your joy. If any of the above sounds like you, reach out to someone and get help. Because as I’ve discovered, it doesn’t have to be this way.
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