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  • Writer's pictureJulie Kuhn

Morning anxiety is a thing!

Yes, people do wake up feeling anxious about their anxiety and have feelings of worry and panic and dread facing the day.

Not everyone experiences it but if you are already someone who experiences anxiety it’s likely that you will be struggling with your hormones (particularly cortisol) first thing in the morning so that when your body gets its morning wake-up rush you’re topping up on what is already there.

One thing my grandma told me was that if you fight something or ignore it the thing will only get worse and so I try to live by that as much as possible by working out what I can do about it rather than fighting it!

I’m sure you're wondering how that relates to morning anxiety. Well, if you just ignore it, it’s not going to go away on its own!

So, what can you do about it?

Morning anxiety can become a habit so getting to know your own experiences and habits can help you to unlearn and create new ones.

Get your journal out and make a note of what you are thinking first thing in the morning, what you are experiencing, what your emotions are as well as your behaviour and how you feel in your body.

Creating a morning routine can be really useful and included in that routine might be some of the following…

  • Create a gentle morning alarm and wake up at roughly the same time each day

  • Instead of grabbing your phone to check the notifications or catching up with the news or social media, use affirmations or do some meditation

  • Rather than pushing away anxious thoughts and worries, acknowledge them and then use strategies such as using your senses. If those worries deserve more time, then allocate some worry time for them later in the day and challenge them

  • Drink water and continue to drink plenty throughout the day

  • Include anti-inflammatory foods for breakfast such as grapes, berries or avocados – you can find a list of these on the internet

There are various other strategies that you can use to help you to reduce your morning anxiety and counselling can show you how.

A few sessions of counselling will help you to make sense of everything and can help you get back onto an even keel again.

Why not give me a call and we can have a chat.

It doesn’t cost you anything, there’s no pressure, no expectations and you can ask me any questions you might have.

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