Waking up in the morning used to be so easy. The alarm would go off, you hit the snooze button a few more times, and then you’re up to get ready for the day.
Things change as you get older though. It’s reported that over 40 million people in the United States over the age of 18 years old have anxiety disorders. Anxiety is treatable but sometimes you need more immediate help. Most of the time, that means learning to cope on your own, and this ties in heavily with self-care.
First off, you’re not alone. If your mornings start with heart palpitations and trouble with breathing (and more), we can relate. So we offer you this blog post with 5 tips for minimizing morning anxiety, as recommended by Lovet Planners “Loveteers” who identified their morning triggers.
We’re sure at least one of these tips will help you in some way!
⭐️ TIP #1: Change up your alarm ring tone. ⭐️ ⠀
This is especially helpful if you're known to hit the snooze button a lot. When you keep your alarm ring tone the same, your mind starts to associate it with the thought, "Well it's time to get up. Your break time is over." You don't realize it, but your subconscious associates the sound negatively. Try changing your alarm sound every week so you're not jolted into your anxiety first thing in the AM.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️ TIP #2: Avoid devices for the first hour. ⭐️
There's a lot of stress and obligation associated with social media and text messages, etc. By not using your devices for the first hour of your day, you give yourself some space to get ready for the day ahead.
⭐️ TIP #3: Don't hit the snooze button. ⭐️
This ties into the first tip! When you hit the snooze button, you're constantly sending your mind on a chase and it can be jarring. If you find yourself hitting the snooze button, try working on your sleep schedule or finding ways to relax for quality sleep.
⭐️ TIP #4: Drink water instead of coffee. ⭐️
Caffeine can take a bad toll on your anxiety. Start your morning with water, and if you feel confident that your anxiety is at bay after your morning routine, then consider that delicious cup of joe.
⭐️ TIP #5: List 5 possible things for the day. ⭐️
List writing can be therapeutic and so is repetition! After you write your list, repeat it to yourself until you feel calm.
We hope you found these tips helpful. Keep us posted on how it goes even if it’s a quick email to our support desk. Our team would love to hear from you.
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