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Mummy Blog: The season for worrying:

There are certain things that tell you without a shadow of doubt when each season is upon us.
By Jen Dobbie
Date: July 21 2012
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In summer there are lighter evenings and the smell of freshly cut grass. There’s the crunchy chill in the air as autumn beckons.

But as we are often lucky enough to have sunshine and blue skies this time of year, it can be easy to forget winter’s here.

So I was reassured to see the brushing off and rolling out of the annual FLU EPIDEMIC HITS SYDNEY trailer as I flicked through channels looking for the news.

Now that’s how I know winter is here. But now I’m a mum, I did take it a little more seriously than I had in previous years.

Enough so that I had a little worry, despite having taken all the relevant precautions for my family’s health. And that got me thinking: is worrying a bit like flu… is worrying catching?

I may have mentioned before that I was a bit of a worrier. In fact I used to keep myself up at night worrying about being too much of a worrier.

I’d also worry if everything was great, and I had nothing to worry about.

That meant something bad was on the horizon, so I could have a nice old worry abut the unknown horror coming towards me. In a strange way, worrying was soothing.

The act of worrying about whether or not something would happen, allowed me not to think about the actual event itself.

More recently, I’ve had to accept that being a worrier might not be the old friend I thought it was.

That maybe it goes hand in hand with being a control freak and I needed to let it go.

It would be lovely if it came to me in a gentle Zen like way, as a result of much yoga and navel contemplation, but really it was simply something nature demonstrated while I was pregnant.

Realising I had limited control over what happened to my own body wasn’t as scary as it could have been. It turned out to be calming, and a very freeing experience. I guess so much of what happens in your first pregnancy is unknown, and so very worrying.

So maybe you are obliged to spend every second of every day worrying about yourself and your unborn child, or learn to go with the flow. I did try the first option (obviously) but even my love of worrying was pushed to the limit, so I gave it up and relaxed a little.

It’s great to have the energy I previously spent on worrying to use for other things… like playing with our daughter at the beach, and not worrying that I have baby sick on my top while I do it. Or spending an evening relaxing with my husband and not thinking about the washing up that’s in the sink.

Most of the time, I’ll now share a concern with my husband or girlfriends, who will either laugh (the latter) and tell me they’ve had the same thought, or look at me in such a totally befuddled way (the former) that I realise I’m possibly going a bit berko and can stop that particular concern in its tracks.

Either way, it helps to put a little perspective on things. On the rare occasions when neither of those are enough to stop me; I find a glass of wine does the trick.

And I reckon if we don’t talk about it, worrying really can be infectious. If we’re honest, we all do it to one extent or another. It’s just that some of us have a higher immunity to it.

 So I think we do need to talk about our worries, however bonkers they seem. Unlike flu, worries do tend to dissipate when you share them.

I think we all need to immunise ourselves against endless worrying by talking to our friends, families and other halves. By realising we’re not alone in having them, by laughing at them, by breaking them into manageable chunks, our worries become altogether less worrying.


PS. Having read through the article, I am now worried that I’ve used the word ‘worry’ too much!

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Kristen says: 2012 07 26

Great article Jen!

JayJay_worrywart says: 2012 07 26

Worrying and hindsight, 2 things I’d love to have surgically removed… another funny read Jen smile

Lucy H says: 2012 07 26

Without wishing to sound like an alkie, if the first glass of wine doesn’t work, a Mohito usually does! And if it doesn’t, maybe you’re allowed to worry, just momentarily wink

Jill says: 2012 07 26

Berko - new favourite word. Worried I haven’t used it before now!

Laura E says: 2012 07 26

I am with you about worrying, but I think as a parent I’d worry if I wasn’t worrying.  Looks like i’ve also used “worry” too often.

Samantha says: 2012 07 28

Very funny- so true that once you talk about your worries they seem to dissapate, especially when u have that ‘me too’ reaction. Strangley reassuring to know your not the only one going a bit mental at times. Really good article, look forward to the next installment!

LP says: 2012 07 29

It’s so true that verbalising the thing(s) that you worry about really puts them into perspective. For too long I let things fester in my mind and all it did was make them grow into some monster but having learned to speak about them, generally with friends (my fella is not the best to bounce this off) they more often than not turn out to be either something that we laugh about or it’s a common issue amongst the rest of the girls! I think it’s a female trait of over analysing which then turns to worry! Grab the wine, grab your girls and within minutes…you’ll be moving on to the next issue!

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