Feeling Anxious After Waking Up? Here’s How to Combat Early-Morning Stress
There just those days when you wake up feeling anxious and depressed. You are afraid of what the day will turn out to be like or have this big project or event that you are unsure if you are prepared for. Well! That, according to Natalie Wallace, a behavioral therapy clinician is very normal.
Natalie asserts that if you wake up feeling normal and ready especially when you have a big event like a wedding, then you must be one of the few people with a strong character and mind. Most wake up anxious looking forward to the big day.
However, some wake up feeling anxious about whether or not they have a big day. while it is not a diagnosed medical condition per se, it is something that you should deal with as it can ruin your day.
In most cases, the anxiety stems from bad thoughts you might have had while sleeping, or nightmares. Some studies, though not fully confirmed suggest that it could be due to a rise of the stress hormone cortisol in the morning. If you experience such thoughts once in a while, it is nothing to worry about as most people do too. We’ll advise you on what to do, so read on.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
It is normal for most people to feel anxious some days looking forward to what might happen in the day ahead, but if you are among the few who experience such attacks every morning, then you should visit a therapist.
It could be that you are experiencing what Wallace calls Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD can occur at any time of the day. Some experience it in the morning, while some have it when going to sleep.
It is never a good feeling irrespective of the time of day it happens. If you want to know whether you are experiencing this disorder, here are some signs you should look out for.
Racing thoughts; if you constantly have your mind running, and trying to get solutions to problems that are even beyond your scope, then you are experiencing GAD. You will experience nausea, sweating, tense muscles and fatigue. These signs might not all appear, but you will notice or feel some of them.
Another scenario is when you constantly worry about things that could happen, blowing situations out of proportion and are constantly worried. Any time you have your mind overworking trying to create solutions to problems that are beyond your scope, then you are indeed anxious.
How to Rid Yourself Off Such Feelings
The good news is that anxiety or GAD is not a chronic medical condition. You can get rid of such feelings by engaging in very simple activities. Here is what you should do.
- Ensure you sleep at least eight hours every night in a comfortable and peaceful environment
- Take time to exercise. You can take at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise when you wake up. Exercise activates your brain and sets your body into a good mood.
- Develop a morning routine. This routine will prevent you from overthinking about what is to come as you already have your day planned out.
- Allow yourself some time to relax, before you sleep at night and when you wake up in the morning
Such simple activities ensure that you kick start your day fresh and without any anxiety.
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