Some of my anxiety comes at me in the middle of a project, while I’m driving, or while I’m trying to sleep, but the majority of my anxiety starts even before I wake up in the morning. A lot of times, it wakes me in the middle of the night, and other times, I can already feel the heaviness of the anxiety as I’m coming out of my sleep.
I’m really familiar with morning anxiety, and I’ve been dealing with it for a long, long time, so I have figured out a lot of ways to help myself deal.
Take steps to have an anxiety-free bedtime ritual
A lot of morning anxiety stems from a bad night of sleep, and mentally handling everything from the day before, and everything that is coming at you for the next day, so a bedtime ritual to ensure a calm and peaceful sleep is essential. Avoid caffeine, try some reading, meditation, yoga, or writing in a journal. Just do something that will keep you calm and relaxed before bed.
I like to read in a bubble bath and fall asleep to soothing noises through my RelaxedMeditation app.
Come up with a morning activity
It’s important to start your day off with a calming activity. You could try the same activities that you tried before bed or a new one. Try a Law of Attraction practice, meditation, morning prayer, yoga, or a workout.
One of my favorite things to do is go for a long walk, plug my headphones in, and listen to YouTube videos. I’ve actually quit listening to music during my walks, because music brings a lot of emotion up for me, and in those moments, I try to avoid things that trigger any feelings.
Keep your distracted
Like I just mentioned, I use YouTube videos as my distraction in the morning. I’m a conspiracy nut and am totally obsessed with these types of videos, so I’m continually playing them in the morning and at times when my mind starts to wander. Plus, these types of things will keep my mind busy for hours so I can focus on this instead of the anxiety.
Have goals set
It’s important to have goals set and have a really good reason to get up in the morning. If you wake up with something to look forward to, it really helps settle the anxious thoughts. And it can definitely be hard to find something in your everyday life that makes you want to wake up in the morning, but you have to remember that there is always something, even if you have to create it.
Go to bed earlier & wake up earlier
Routine is HUGE for me when it comes to my anxiety. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep one with my work schedule, though. Some days I have to wake up for at 3 AM, and other days I don’t leave work until 10 PM, so it’s tough, but I do my best to work around it, and you should, too. I highly recommend trying to go to sleep earlier than usual, getting a full night’s sleep, and then waking up earlier. Since routine is so helpful, getting up earlier and having a morning routine set in place can make a big difference!
What time of day is your anxiety at it’s worse?
How do you handle your morning anxiety?