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…
Don’t overdo the caffeine
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, then you probably know that an overload of caffeine can agitate your anxiety and make it far more stressful to get through the day. On the other hand, for many people, caffeine is an important part of the morning that helps them perk up and do the things they need to do before they start their day. The key is that you shouldn’t be over consuming caffeine and stimulating your nervous system. A cup of coffee, or two at the most, is plenty to perk you up for a new day. Alternatively, certain types of teas contain less caffeine than coffee, and can have the same effect.
Have healthy sleep habits
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.
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.