Individuals who suffer from an anxiety disorder can have an especially hard time in the morning. Even worse, starting the day off with a ton of anxiety can make it harder to develop good coping mechanisms and sticking to them throughout the rest of the day. For this reason, it is important to develop good coping mechanisms and life skills in the morning that help keep your body and mind balanced, so that you can set yourself up for success when it comes to handling anxiety throughout the rest of the day. Here are some strategies that can help you do just that…
Have healthy sleep habits
First of all, one of the most important things to diagnose about your morning routine is whether or not your sleeping habits are healthy in the first place. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you waking up multiple times during the night? If so, it’s crucial to address those problems and brainstorm ways to improve your sleep habits. If you aren’t getting the necessary rest that your body and mind need throughout the night, then it is going to be incredibly difficult to develop practical coping mechanisms in the morning and follow through on them. If you want tips on how to develop better sleeping habits, we’ll discuss this topic in an upcoming blog.
Notice morning stressors
Each person with an anxiety disorder will have different factors that make the morning difficult for them. In particular, each person has stressors that specifically are triggered in the morning. This may stem from how they are being woken up, what things they are expected to do in the morning, the amount of time that a person gives themselves to have a morning routine, or even the noise level of a home in the morning. Because of this, it’s important to take note of what specific stressors are affecting you, so that you can take steps to mitigate those stressors.
Eat a balanced breakfast
For every person, it is important to start the day off with a good meal that gives you energy to start the day off right. However, the importance of eating a balanced breakfast is even more prevalent and necessary for a person who suffers from an anxiety disorder, as it helps prevent low blood sugar, which keeps an individual from having low energy and letting anxiety take over the routine.