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Reflection - Exploring Joy, Anxiety, and the Balance of Love in Family Dynamics

Here's a collection of our videos and picture reflections on social media for today. Enjoy your time to reflect and contemplate in your mood journal.

Embracing the Emotional Rollercoaster Through Reflection

Late at night, when the house is quiet and everyone else is asleep, I often find myself lost in thought. I think about my kids and my parents, and all the love and worries that come with caring for them. It’s a time when I ponder my dual roles as a mother and a daughter, and all the emotions that swirl within me, much like the colorful characters of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and now, Anxiety, in "Inside Out 2."

Being a Mom

Motherhood is a complex blend of joy and anxiety. Every smile, laugh, and achievement of my children fills me with happiness, but with each step they take, I worry too. Am I supporting them enough? Am I giving them too much freedom or not enough? It feels like a delicate balance, similar to how Riley's emotions try to find harmony. Each day is an emotional rollercoaster, with Joy and Fear often competing for control, and Anxiety whispering its doubts and concerns.

Being a Daughter

At the same time, I watch my father grow older, and this brings a different set of worries. Seeing his face change reminds me of how fast time flies. The roles begin to reverse, and I find myself taking care of him more, helping him navigate his later years. It’s a mix of gratitude and sadness, much like the evolving relationship between Riley and her parents. This new responsibility brings its own set of emotions, with Sadness often making her presence felt, and Anxiety adding an extra layer of concern about the future.

Dealing with Anxiety and Worry

Thinking about my kids and my parents at night can lead me down a rabbit hole of 'what ifs.' Anxiety often exacerbates these worries, making them seem larger and more daunting. But I've learned that these worries stem from a place of deep love and caring. To manage these feelings, I focus on the present—cherishing time with my family, being thankful for the little things, and reaching out to friends when things feel too heavy. It's like finding comfort in the small islands of joy in Riley's mind, despite the challenges.

Anxiety Inside Out 2
Dealing with Anxiety and Worry

Finding Balance

These quiet moments of reflection have shown me that it’s okay not to have all the answers and that everyone experiences these struggles. Learning to cope with my worries and anxiety has also taught me about my strengths and how much I can handle. Just as Riley discovers the importance of all her emotions, I’m learning to embrace mine, even the anxious ones.

Taking Each Day as It Comes

I’ve come to realize that life is a beautiful mix of joy, worry, and anxiety, especially when it comes to the people we love most. It's about embracing each day, enjoying the good moments, and taking challenges one step at a time. All the worries, anxiety, and love are just part of the journey.

In the end, these reflections keep my heart grounded and remind me of the strength and beauty in our everyday lives.

Questions to Ponder

  1. How do we recognize when our worries and anxiety about loved ones are helpful and when they might be holding us back?

  2. What role do silent, contemplative moments play in strengthening our relationships with our family?

  3. How does embracing our imperfections help us deal with stress and anxiety?

  4. What are some effective ways to stay anchored in the present while also planning for our family’s future needs?

  5. Can finding a balance between joy and concern in our family roles improve our overall resilience, and how do we achieve it?

Just as Riley and her emotions navigate their complex world, we too can learn to navigate our inner landscapes, finding strength and beauty in every moment.

Reflections by Bev Cuayzon

Bev, a devoted mother at heart, finds joy in working from home. Balancing her roles as a travel consultant, self-published author, and SEO analyst, she's deeply passionate about sharing her knowledge to empower others, particularly fellow mothers. During her journey, Bev discovered the importance of mental wellness. She realized that maintaining a healthy mind is essential for navigating the demands of work, family, and personal pursuits.


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