2 Ways to Manage Morning Anxiety

2 Ways to Manage Morning Anxiety

2 Ways to Manage Morning Anxiety

Anxiety tends to be different for every person experiencing it, but one way it manifests for many is by popping up as soon as your eyes open. To-do lists and life pressures can seem more significant than usual before you start your day, making it a real challenge to get your day started effectively. Here are some common symptoms of morning anxiety:

  • Worrying as soon as you wake from slumber.
  • Unintentional early waking and having trouble going back to sleep.
  • Waking up to physical symptoms like rapid heart rate, stomach aches, or dry mouth.

No matter how your morning anxiety manifests, anxiety counseling in Orlando and developing positive morning habits can help you start your day more enjoyable and stress-free. Creating a positive morning routine generates a sense of order and personal accountability. It limits the time available for idleness and worries about how the day will progress. Sticking to a morning routine can create a feeling of mastery and accomplishment to replace those anxious feelings.

Your morning routine specifics are totally up to you, but habitually focusing on one or two daily activities can make a massive difference in the morning anxiety you are used to. Our experts offer the following suggestions for activities to add to your morning routine but keep in mind that anything that makes you feel happy and calm can be beneficial. The goal is to commit to things that work well for you and focus on starting your day in the most positive way possible.

Get in the groove with uplifting music

No matter what music you find motivating, don’t hesitate to turn it on first thing when you wake to make you smile and ease that morning anxiety right away. Research shows that music can improve your physical health, boost your mood, and lower your stress levels. You can make your own playlist for mornings or explore one of the available options on Spotify like ‘Cozy Acoustic Morning' or 'Jazzy Morning' to start your day off on the right foot and get you motivated for the day ahead.

Write to express yourself

Engaging in self-expression with morning writing can help you feel centered and calm, even when you do not fancy yourself a writer. The key to this practice is to use pen and paper because the tactile sensation of writing by hand will help you feel more in the moment and grounded. Here are some great writing cues if you are not sure where to start:

  • • Dream journaling: If you are a frequent dreamer, writing down what you dreamed about as soon as you wake can help manage your anxious feelings. Getting out what is manifesting in your unconscious mind will help you release any anxiety it causes you and help you work through issues that are not coming to light in your conscious mind over time.
  • Gratitude journals: Writing down a list of things you are thankful for in your life or the world is a calming, powerful exercise to start your day off right.
  • Letters to loved ones: This can provide a new way to connect with your family and friends far away by sending them a letter. You will also be brightening their day because they will find something besides junk mail and bills in their mailbox.
  • Creative projects: Now is your moment if you have always wanted to write a poetry book or novel. You do not have to share what you write, but this is a great way to spark your creative juices and put a positive spin on the day ahead.

Use these tips for managing your morning anxiety or find things you love to start your morning off right. When you are experiencing anxiety issues that do not feel manageable on your own, anxiety counseling in Orlando can help. So call us today to start the process for a healthier, happier you!

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