What is it?
January is mental wellness month. I often wonder why certain months become associated with specific things. January is easier to reason out why without stating the obvious.
I come from a family of achievers. The genetics are shared through the ranks.
Or, to be clear, “The Force is strong in this one.”
But what happens when one of us appears to go off the rails?
When I was growing up, I could definitely be characterized as having some form of anxiety. Anxiety is fear spread thinly.
I was afraid of a great many things, but I carried on regardless, trying to be the best version of myself that I could be. That made me an over-achiever.
But it didn’t stop the internal doubts.
So many a sleepless night made me aware of my ‘problems’.
Then I grew up.
But instead of becoming an over-achiever in my life, I settled for a less stressful lifestyle and expectations. I became an introvert. And that’s the way I’ve remained.
But the DNA settled into my children, and they have the same traits and self-doubt. And there’s nothing I can do to relieve their anxiety but tell them I love them unconditionally.