DJ and mom of 3 Dineo Ranaka grapples with ‘working on Christmas’ anxiety

Her sister Manaka helped calm her nerves

24 December 2021 - 12:00
By Chrizelda Kekana
Dineo Ranaka was candid about her anxiety.
Image: Veli Nhlapo Dineo Ranaka was candid about her anxiety.

A beautiful moment played out in the comments section of Dineo Ranaka's Instagram when she took to the platform to blog about the anxiety she was grappling with over her first international DJ gig and not spending Christmas with her three children.

Dineo's sister and actress Manaka Ranaka joined many of Dineo's industry friends and fans to help calmed her nerves.

She had taken to Instagram to explain she was anxious about being away from home and her children during Christmas, as well as playing outside SA for the first time as a DJ.

“Right now I’m overwhelmed by anxiety,” she began her post before adding: “I'm travelling to a country I’ve never been to DJ. Will they like my track selection? Will they connect with my energy? It’s my first gig out of the country. Have I done enough to prepare for my set?"⠀

Most of her questions were centred on whether her children and  family would hold “working on Christmas” against her.

“Then there’s my children. My babies. My three little treasures. The first K, the second K and the third K. There’s an overwhelming guilt of not spending Christmas with them. Will they hold this against me? Will they be OK emotionally? Do they not feel neglected? And there’s my parents, grandmother, nieces as well as siblings who help look after my cubs. What of their needs?⠀I feel like I can’t breathe. I feel like I’m losing control of all my bearings but I’m trying my best to keep my anxiety under control,” she said.

Manaka assured her sister that her babies will be fine and shared the plan the family had set up to ensure Dineo's children don't feel any kind of gap while their mom is hustling.

Don't worry. I'll make sure the children don't feel it as much. Ziggy Ranaka and Michelle will be hosting us at Nompumelelo's and all the children will be there. Don't worry, the fam has it together. Go fly your wings. And they are gonna love your set,” said Manaka.

Read her full post below and the encouragement she received from fans in the comments section: