Coping with Morning Anxiety

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Many people wake up with dread or anxiousness for the day ahead. This lesson discusses ways to cope with this kind of anxiety as well help to keep it from happening.

What Causes Morning Anxiety

Many of us wake up in the morning and curl deeper into the covers because we don't want to face the day. But for some, the anxiety is more intense and makes getting out of bed an immense challenge. Anxiety is usually feelings of worry, tension, and nervousness, that may or may not have a direction or reason. Morning anxiety originates solely at the time you wake up after a long sleep, which may or may not be morning depending on your personal schedule. Some symptoms caused by morning anxiety can be labored breathing and exhaustion. This anxiety can be caused by many things.

  • Individual anxiety disorders
  • Sleep issues/disorders
  • Stressful issues during the day

There can also be other contributing factors, like built-up stress that has evolved over time into larger anxiety problems. Each individual stressor needs a different resolution to try and remove the anxiety altogether; however, standard coping skills can be used for all of them.

Coping Skills for Morning Anxiety

Many people with anxiety disorders say that mornings seem to be the worst. The anxiety is higher, so it is even harder to overcome. The following are some coping mechanisms to help in the process of dealing with morning stress.

  • Breathe - This is always a go-to for anxiety attacks. Breathing slowly, calmly, and rhythmically can assist in creating calmer mornings.
  • Eat something - Some medical professionals believe the reason why anxiety is worse in the morning is because you have not eaten anything and your blood sugars are low. Low blood sugar can cause mood issues and disorientation.
  • Focus - If you wake up feeling anxious, do not give that anxiety time to grow, focus on something else. What you are going to wear, what your meeting is about that day, or the dinner you are going to have with a friend.
  • Don't give in - Many people with anxiety disorders feel like there is no solution, so they give into the melancholy and stress and do not look for positivity.

Eliminating Morning Anxiety

The best way to address morning anxiety is to work on removing it altogether. Being prepared and changing your life patterns can start to change how you wake up in the morning.

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