Anxiety and the mother-daughter relationship

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Do you ever worry whether you’re doing a good enough job of raising your children? In this episode of “Woman Worriers,” Annapolis-based therapist Elizabeth Cush talks with Nicole Burgess, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about how parents and children — and especially mothers and teenage daughters — can manage anxiety and strengthen their relationship.

I help people break the myth that we have to be everything to everybody.
— Nicole Burgess

Parenting can be a challenge. Women feel tremendous pressure to be good mothers, wives, employees and more — which can create a lot of anxiety. In this episode of Woman Worriers, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks to Nicole Burgess, a marriage and family therapist and life coach, about how anxiety can show up in the family dynamic, especially in the mother-daughter relationship. They discuss:

  • The difference between stress and anxiety
  • How anxiety can affect family relationships
  • Anxiety vs. normal adolescent behavior
  • Social media and teenage anxiety
  • Living up to outside expectations vs. living intentionally
  • How five minutes of mindfulness can help
  • How to keep anxiety from getting in the way of the relationship
  • How mothers can model healthy ways to handle emotions
  • The most important mother-daughter practice

Learn More

> Burgess Counseling and Consulting, LLC

> Calm

> HeadSpace

> Hope Box  For Apple iOS   For Android

> Untangled by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

> Progression Counseling

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Elizabeth Cush, LCPC is a therapist and the owner of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md. She helps busy, overwhelmed men and women manage their anxiety and stress so they can live their lives with more ease, contentment and purpose. If you'd like to know more about how individual and group therapy can help ease anxiety and stress call me 410-339-1979.