Many Americans wake up in the morning with their minds racing a mile a minute. Waking up and playing through what all has to be done during the day and what is causing you stress is called morning anxiety.
For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, gives us some tips on how to recognize and combat morning anxiety.
One of the first signs, English says, is fixating on the one thing that you’re worried about. Usually, you can’t focus on anything but that one event or task. English says that another sign of morning anxiety is mentally walking through your entire day while you go through your morning routine. You might be showering and getting dressed and brushing your teeth, but your mind is much further away. English says that another sign of morning anxiety is fixating on the worst-case scenario before your task has even begun, instead of focusing on the things that you can control.
English offers some advice for when you have morning anxiety. She advises focusing on the things that you can control. Additionally, try jotting down all of your thoughts and thought patterns in a log, as well as mood changes throughout the day.
Additionally, English advises reaching out to a mental health professional to reframe some of your anxious thoughts, so they don’t inhibit the life that you were meant to live.