Worry does not equal caring. Worry takes away joy, and doesn’t change anything.
I’m allowed to have joy in my life even if the people I love are struggling. That's a concept that took some getting used to.
Worry gives the feeling of doing something. What it really does is prevent me from appreciating my life and the beauty around me. I lose my sense of self and my dreams.
Make a decision to worry less. When you find yourself distressed, remember that you can choose to focus on something else. You’re not being uncaring or disloyal. You are recognizing that you matter, too.
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Fern Weis is a certified life coach who learned that caring and good intentions are not enough in parenting. In fact, they are often the problem! Fern supports parents of teens and young adults who are going through difficult situations, including addiction recovery. She helps parents release guilt, end enabling and confidently prepare their children to thrive through life's challenges. Her articles are featured in Thrive Global, Medium, Motherly, The Teen Mentor, and Bergen County Moms.
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