Do you often wake up in the morning with horrible feelings and symptoms of morning anxiety, such as dizziness, trembling, panic attacks, feeling sweaty, fatigue, intense stomach aches, rapid heart beat and loads of anxious thoughts, just to mention a few?
The following top ten causes of morning anxiety might be useful to you. Sometimes that’s all it takes to kick-start your recovery – intensified awareness of the cause(s) of your morning anxiety.
10. Not Getting Enough Sleep.
You will be surprised to discover how many people develop morning anxiety due to poor sleeping pattern. If you can’t fall asleep on time at night or you have insomnia, it could mean that the brain is getting overloaded and not getting enough rest to deal with its huge demands. And because of that, it gets to a stage where the body’s stress alarm is triggered because of the brain-in-distress, leading to the release of more stress hormones whose accumulation can then have negative effects in the body. These negative effects can include, memory problems, lack of concentration, mental confusion, decreased energy and of course morning anxiety.
9. The Unpleasant Sound of the Alarm Clock.
Sometimes, the alarm clock sound can become a trigger for our repressed stress and anxiousness about our job, an event coming up or about just facing the day in general. If you have an issue with this, it might be that your subconscious mind has been conditioned over time to respond in anxiety any time your alarm goes off.
8. Not Planning the Next Day the Day Before.
You will not believe the amount of people that suffer from anxiety first thing in the morning simply because they are waking up to a disorganised day. Lack of planning generates a tremendous amount of partial stress and anxiety. And after a long period of time this partial anxiety becomes a full blown disorder. Have you noticed, how by just writing down today all you need to do tomorrow instantly generates some relief and somehow calms you down and restores some control back to your life?
7. Low Blood Sugar Levels.
When we go to bed at night, the blood sugar levels drop because the brain uses sugar throughout the night for many things, including managing our repressed anxious emotions. As a result, stress hormones are released, simply because your entire body automatically goes into a survival mode due to too low blood sugar levels.
6. High Cortisol Level.
If you suffer from anxiety, you are likely to have more stress hormone, called cortisol, in your body than necessary at any given time. Cortisol is released once the amygdala, the body’s threat detector, senses danger. It does this in order to make available enough energy for you to fly or fight. But the problem is this; normally in the mornings, the cortisol levels are generally high anyway, compared to its levels at night times. And as such, you are more likely to experience aggravated anxiety in the morning due to the surplus of cortisol which is not been used to fly away or fight anything at all.
5. Vitamin B & C Deficiencies.
The B vitamins help the nervous system work properly, while Vitamin C enhances the immune system and helps the adrenal glands cope with stress more effectively. But if you have an on-going anxiety issue, your body depletes stored B and C vitamins very rapidly, leading to deficiencies of these vital vitamins. This can then lead to fatigue, heightened anxiety (especially in the mornings), and irritability.
When you are going through a stressful time, either at work, in your relationship, financially or health wise, chances are that you will engage in excessive worrying and negative thinking throughout the day. When you eventually get to sleep and wake up in the morning, it is not uncommon to find yourself in an anxiety zone. Sleeping in a stress zone often leads to waking up in an anxiety territory.
3. Watching the Evening News Before Bed.
I know this sound silly. But it is serious. It is very important that you select carefully what you feed into your mind at least 40 minutes before you go to bed. This is because your subconscious mind will continue to replay through out the night whatever you feed into it before going to bed. As you probably have noticed, the evening news is often very filled with disheartening and sad stories which can actually affect your emotional well-being at the subconscious level to start with, before being converted into physical anxiety symptoms. I must mention also that you should not only watch out for the disheartening evening news, but also for any kind of programme or movie that won’t send you to bed in an upbeat and positive state of mind.
This is perhaps one of the most common causes of morning anxiety. Feelings of loneliness is one of the deadliest psychological feelings and also one of the hardest to shake off. Whether this is due to a separation, divorce, rejection, bullying, or the loss of a loved one, the fear of waking up to a brand new 24 hours of mental and physical loneliness is just to much for the mind. Therefore, it slumps into anxiety the moment it awakes.
1. High Level of Repressed Negative Emotions.
In my personal analysis assisting a wide range of people with anxiety disorders, this is the most common, and sadly, the most ignored causes of morning anxiety. Negative emotions are the unexpressed painful and bad feelings generated from our past unpleasant experiences. When past negative emotions are not adequately processed and expressed, they become re-pressed in the subconscious mind until they become raging emotions, which are very threatening to our emotional well-being.
At night, while your conscious mind is asleep, the subconscious mind is awake and very active, scanning through and trying to keep at bay all the disorganised and threatening stored painful negative emotions – and in the process, generating some unconscious emotional stress.
After you wake up, your entire body is now interpreting physically all the activities of the subconscious mind over the night. And the resulting effects are fear,fatigue, trembling, rapid heart beat, cramps, panic attacks, just to mention a few.
And this is the purpose of my 7-Week Anxiety Panic Recovery Programme – it’s exclusively designed to deal with repressed negative emotions and kick out all associated anxiety-related disorders and physical symptoms.
I must say however that this programme is not for everyone. It’s only for those who have tried anxiety medications and other anxiety treatments with little or no success. If this is you and it’s something you are interested in, why don’t you give this programme a try? It comes with 100% satisfaction or your money back.
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Watch out for the part two of this article about the top ten solutions for morning anxiety.