Does anyone experience morning anxiety or panic attacks? Can someone suggest what are the best ways to cope?
Morning panic attacks/anxiety - Anxiety and Depre...
OMG I sure can relate. Although I’m doing better now, for a year and a half I woke up terrified of the day. I have a Major Depression/Anxiety Disorder and the meds are finally working. But it was so bad, my psychiatrist prescribed Xanax first thing in the morning so I could get out of bed. Of course the depression often sent me back to bed, but ...
It’s so horrible a disease. Debilitating. Extreme panic and the deep hole of depression suck.
Hang in there
For me, overcoming morning attacks started with creating a peaceful morning routine. I used to get up, make my bed, eat some breakfast, and then I’d either dance or do some yoga. It was kind of like, I told myself “I don’t like spending my mornings like this, what can I do to make it better?” And then I just tried to do different things in the morning to help me relax. Eventually I got into a good routine and the anxiety got more manageable.
I totally understand. I have 3 kids and I have to get them ready in the morning for school. This causes a lot of anxiety. For me I set up everything the night before so that bags are packed, table is set for breakfast. Then I used the Calm app on my phone to medidate. It has helped. I know the isolation feeling, it is hard to get out when you have young kids. Do your best, talk a family member or friend and ask for one night away from your kids so that you can have one night of uninterrupted sleep. It will help
I deal with the same thing recently. Every morning, wake up with worries. I usually wake up a bit too early, too, so I have to sit in bed with them. Oddly, I sometimes get the urge to just stay in bed and wrestle with the thoughts / feel bad about them, but I usually feel (slightly) better once I get up and get going (as long as it's a reasonable hour, heh).
Morning is the toughest time for me. I am a night owl, so getting up at 6:30 for work is tough itself, but also work anxiety kicks in. So every morning I am tired and sad/anxious/irritable. I try to surround myself with positive news, so no TV for sure. I try to read some funny articles on Facebook while I get ready.
Unfortunately, I don't have time for extra activities, so I just shower, have some light breakfast and get ready to leave.
I also hope to find some ways to make my mornings happier...
Hi kokkoo and Welcome
For me, morning anxiety is helped by immediately meditating and deep breathing
the moment my eyes open. (before my mind has a chance to anticipate a new day,
new challenges and unexpected events)
The deep breathing I do on my own throughout the day and evening, keeping me
on a relaxed path. As for meditation, I use my headphones and listen to self hypnosis
and imagery. Mid afternoon, I stop to meditate on YouTube and before bed, I'm back
to my headphones before falling asleep.
I have found that using meditation throughout the day provides a more calming effect
rather than the ups and downs of anxiety out of control. Remember that the subconscious mind is storing everything throughout the day. We want it to remember
the respite times we had as well. This has worked for me over the years. xx