Last year around this time I was talking with a friend about Mother’s Day. She made a statement that kept echoing in my ears. She said, “I really hate this holiday because I start reflecting on all the things I didn’t do so well as a mom.” Let me tell you first hand, I know she was an amazing mom. But, all too often holiday’s such as this one can trigger a feeling of stress and deep sorrow.
Why would we have such negative feelings for such a positive event? One word….STRESS.
What? You’re perhaps saying with a little disbelief. Yes, because stress is the reaction of the body when it experiences any kind of change…no matter if it’s good or bad.
Six Types of Stress
Let me share an example from an article that talks about the Six Types of Stress and How to Manage Them Effectively. The author gives a list of six types of stress. I will only share the first two types of stress and the triggers that set off the ripple effect which create these negative feelings.
“1. Psychological stress. This type of stress deals with cognitive and emotional stress. The triggers include:
- Panic attacks
2. Psychosocial stress. People who experience challenging relationships …. Relationships can come from a partner, family member, or employee or employer. Its triggers include:
- Loss of a loved one
- Loss of employment
- Lack of social support
(Bolding of the words are added by me)
Ladies, Mother’s Day is right around the corner and the stress that women feel is very real.
All of us are missing someone dear and feeling sadness from life’s many challenges and struggles. I myself, have an adult child who is challenged with mental illness. Without my efforts of self-care this relationship has the potential to create daily feelings of frustrations, grief, and self-criticism.
Many have had a mother die way to early in their life. Many have felt the loss of grandmothers, or even the passing of a child… just as my husband and I have. I know for myself the truth that “Time does heal” and I am grateful for God’s love and comfort.
A project that is a little different
For this holiday I wanted to do something a little special…something different than others may be doing. I hope you will join me.
CLICK HERE and see my new workshop. It is live on-line for only an hour in the evening. Can’t attend live? Not to worry. Everyone will have access to the recordings for the rest of the month of May to create the project at their leisure.