Behold the trees when stormy weather comes and high winds sweep the land. Some trees fight the winds and stand firm, they are the first to fall.
Some trees bend with the wind, they do not fight it. They accept the storm and surrender to the gale. These are the survivors, they recover soon enough.
We can learn from the trees. When high anxiety and depletion of our nervous energy strikes, be it first thing in the morning or any time of day or night, our natural instinct is to fight it. We try to force ourselves to feel normal or lose ourselves in distraction.
Has fighting the bad feelings ever brought anyone recovery? Surely not for fighting creates more tension, more stress, it only drains us further of our depleted reserves of nervous energy. These things are not the stuff of what recoveries are made.
Distraction can bring temporary relief but when the distraction passes the anxiety remains.
Instead, imitate the action of the Willow and the Poplar tree. Don't fight the anxiety, accept it for the time being. Feel every muscle in your body relax completely, agree to co-exist with it for the moment. No more checking every five minutes to see if the bad feeling has passed: acceptance must be complete, not just 'putting up with'.
Then good things begin to happen. The free flow of fear and stress hormones starts to slow. These are what have been sensitising our nervous system and causing the distressing symptoms.
You can't accept anxiety and fear it at the same time. Understanding and reassurance strengthen our determination not to worry ourself sick about anxiety. On its own, anxiety has never killed, disabled or made anyone lose their mind. Though it may sometimes feel like it.
If you feel you're getting nowhere fighting anxiety maybe it's time to consider a different approach.