Personally we can think of a few people we wouldn't mind waking up with...
But Morning anxiety isn't one of them.
Anxiety is a drag, she whispers in our ear lies and half truths and creates worry and panic in our lives.
When she calls first thing in the morning it's a smart idea to stop her in her tracks or risk the likelihood she'll be hanging around all day.
And for those of us with an anxiety disorder the mornings can be particularly hard. Anxiety taking control of our day before we've barely opened our eyes. For some even the basics such as getting out of bed, keeping appointments, getting to work increasingly difficult.
Morning anxiety symptoms can include:
Sometimes morning anxiety can escalate into a full blown anxiety attack which is a distressing and unpleasant experience. If you are feeling particularly panicked right now, listen to calming, coping statements, breathe deeply and let it pass.
Anxiety has many causes and is unique to each of us however there are some common underlying causes. Knowing what causes our anxiety is a step towards mastering it.
Anticipating a stressful day
Anxiety can be a slippery customer, she can bring feelings of apprehension and dread without no concrete reason. And often we know exactly why we are nervous and anxious but feel at the mercy of the situation. This can be a sign of a stressful lifestyle wether this is our job, relationship or something else. If we view each new day as a threat, anxiety will follow close behind. Learning stress management techniques, taking positive action to deal with stressful situations, building self-confidence and self-esteem are all important factors to deal with anxiety. Get some hypnosis Stress Relaxation right now.
Anxious Thoughts Become Habits
If, each morning for a month we wake up thinking "I can't cope today" this soon becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Our mind gets so used to anticipating negative anxious thoughts it moves onto auto-pilot. But we can challenge our anxious thoughts, create a new habit of rational coping thoughts to over-ride negative, anxious hopeless ones. Have a rational debate in your mind between anxiety and yourself. For example:
Anxiety: 'I can't cope- today will be dreadful'
We say: 'Yes I'm feeling anxious this morning and I don't like these feelings, I have felt this way before and been ok, I can get out of bed today even if I don't want to.'
A Bad Night Sleep
Insomnia and sleep disruptions can cause us to wake feeling anxious and stressed, the body has not been albe to rest, rejuvenate and repair and unsurprisingly anxiety gets worse. Look at your sleep habits, as a poor night sleep will aggravate the symptoms of morning anxiety a few simple changes can help. See here if Anxiety is keeping you up at night. To cultivate a healthy and happy relationship with sleep and gain all the benefits her friendship brings see here.
Cortisol and Fight and Flight
When we are feeling stressed, our bodies produce a hormone called Cortisol. levels are naturally at their highest in the morning. This hormone is also produced when we're feeling anxious to prepare us with the “fight or flight” response. Unfortunately this can becomes a vicious cycle, we wake up feeling anxious because of the stored up Cortisol levels, which then make us feel anxious, so our bodies continue to pump out Cortisol, which creates more anxiety...
There are a number of ways you can counteract the negative effects of cortisol in the morning;
Although these may not be the root of morning anxiety, our surroundings can aggravate it. A poor nights rest in an uncomfortable bed and then suddenly a noisy, blaring alarm shocks us into reality. Harsh bright lights and the chilly floor beneath our feet as we tear ourselves out of bed.
If we can distract ourselves from the anxious thoughts and feelings, often they will reduce and dissipate.
Cut It Out;
Studies have shown that people with anxiety disorder are more sensitive to certain substances than are people without. It could be that the alcoholic night cap or the big cup of caffeinated coffee,tea pick me up is causing or aggravating the morning anxiety.
Start the Day Off Well
We can even start using positive affirmations to set up a healthy mindset for the rest of the day. Affirmations to start the day is a good selection of all purpose positive statements;
Affirmations are a great way to teach the subconscious mind brand new lessons about ourselves and the wider world. (However, if you are feeling very anxious, hold off right now. Anxiety will whisper in your ear how ridiculous the positive affirmations sound. Wait until you are ready to challenge her lies and half truths and are open to the benefits a positive mindset brings) Find out more about Affirmations
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