Everybody is different. That's such a simple but accurate statement, don't you think? And for some people waking up in the morning is unfortunately the most dreadful time of the day. Maybe you can relate? I know I used to feel that way most mornings, I had what's called morning anxiety.
It was horrible, and going to sleep at night wasn't much better because I knew that when I woke up in a few hours I was going to feel anxious, awful, a thousand thoughts dancing through my head, wanting to sleep more, but totally unable to relax, achey. This is what's called morning anxiety, and it's a type of panic disorder that's actually pretty common. At least 6 million Americans suffer from some kind of panic disorder, probably more. Morning anxiety is simply one strain.
How do you get rid of this morning anxiety? Well, thankfully there are many things you can do! One of the most important things you can do is start an exercise program pronto. Exercise relieves stress in ways that nothing else can. Here is some advice on starting, if you're out of shape start slowly. Even just a ten minute walk can help, but definitely ramp up to vigorous exercise 3-5 times a week. You'll be surprised at what this can accomplish for your morning anxiety and your life in general!
Diet is another crucial factor. If you're eating junk you're going to feel like junk too. I'm not saying you have to be a diet saint, but go out of your way to eat your veggies and your fruits. And get as much lean protein as you can. These types of foods will create neurotransmitters in your brain which help you to relax and ease your anxiety. Trans fats and sugar will do the opposite!
Taking supplements such as 5 htp, St. John's Wort, and Same are also very helpful. These can be a boost when you're feeling anxious. Some people need to take them for a while before they kick in, but give it a try for several weeks before you decide if it's right for you or not.
Lastly and most importantly, you have to learn how to train your brain! That's right, train your brain. Your brain can actually be trained to ride out a morning panic attack and with repeated practice the negative thoughts and attacks simply go away.
I'm talking about cognitive (brain) tools. The astonishing thing is you can actually train your brain to go from the fight of flight mechanism (anxiety) to the calm cerebral part of the brain. I learned how to do this from an on line program for anxiety. The technique is called The One Move Technique and it's literally a life saver for people who have chronic morning anxiety or any other type of panic disorder. I highly recommend that you check it out, you have nothing to lose but your morning anxiety.