When people would ask whether I was going to take time off for something I would reply, "I would love to, but my boss is such a Bitch"! It was fairly entertaining to watch their wheels turn as they attempted to piece togehter who this Bitchy Boss might be since I am self-employed!
What they didn't know was that my "boss" wouldn't give me time off because my inner "boss" was my anxiety. Anxiety would tell me that taking time off would make my business fall apart. That I couldn't relax because something "bad" would happen. That I had to work harder and give more of myself to my clients. It was even sneaky enough to convince me that I was better at my job than at anything in my personal life (like being a wife and a mother) and that I "should" just work instead of being "bad" at those other parts of my life.
Well, thankfully, I have worked pretty darn hard on my relationship with Anxiety. I learned how to "talk back" to all of the "What Ifs" that Anxiety would throw at me and we are a much better team these days! Anxiety and I are better partners than back in the day when I was calling her a Bitchy Boss and so, I am proud to announce, my "Boss" is giving me a week off to celebrate the Holidays with my family and friends.
My Christmas wish for all of you is that you and your Anxiety learn to work as a Team in 2017!
The voice behind Auntie Anxiety is Lynn Dutrow, Courage Coach and Counselor