How to beat morning anxiety & get on with your day
Morning anxiety is really tough and can leave you starting the day on a low. We all know that’s not an ideal way to start the day but if this is ringing a bell with you, don’t worry there are things you can do to beat morning anxiety and get on with your day. Morning anxiety can be felt in all sorts of different ways such as a feeling of dread when you wake up, worrying about the day ahead or it can present itself physically; you might wake up with a headache or feeling sick. Here are a few things that you can add to your morning routine to banish those feelings away as quickly as they came.
Wake up earlier than you need to
I have written before about getting up before the kids to ease anxiety but whether you have little ones in the house or not, setting your alarm earlier than you need to will lead to a more gentle wake up. No one likes the feeling of running late so doing this avoids that. It gives you time to do things slowly, at your own pace and enjoy your morning.
Before you skim past this part, I’m not telling you to sit meditating for half an hour at 5am. The key to mindfulness is finding a technique that works for you. For example, listening to 5 minutes guided meditation could set you up right for the day or simply doing some breathing or grounding exercises. Try some different techniques and see what works best for you in the morning and then stick to it every morning.
Hunger and dehydration can all make anxiety symptoms so much worse so make sure you grab breakfast before you hot foot it out the door. It will calm your symptoms and help you stay focused throughout the morning.
You might find it better to write a list the night before or you might like to do it in the morning but writing out everything you need to do for the day will help to clear your mind. If there is something specific worrying you like a phone call you have to make or a certain shop you have to go to, pop it on the top of the list and get it out of the way first thing. If it is the sheer volume of things you have to get done for the day writing it all down will take away the worry of forgetting something and you can calmly work through your list.
Whether it’s for a jog, run, walk or 5 minutes sat in your garden get outside. Everywhere is so quiet first thing in the morning so it is the perfect time to calm your anxiety and sort out your thoughts. If you are running short on time, you could write your list in the garden or practice a grounding technique while you are running.
Don’t react to your anxiety
Giving your anxiety attention is the worst thing you can do. Accept it, acknowledge it is there but otherwise get out of bed and get on with the morning. If you lie in bed obsessing over the fact that you feel anxious, it will get worse. This is so much easier said than done and takes practice but the key is not letting it win. Don’t let it ruin your morning, don’t let it ruin your day. By keeping yourself busy doing all the other things we have spoken about, that anxiety will soon be off on its way!