It’s totally normal to wake up with a little morning anxiety. While it might be your “normal” to wake up in a bit of a panic, it’s so much better to wake up stress-free and ready to take on your day with a good mindset. Give these techniques for morning anxiety relief a try for several days to see how they change the way you feel each morning. Thankfully many of these tricks provide instant morning anxiety relief, but they’ll also create lasting effects for a calmer mind if you do them every single day. Try them all and pick 2 or 3 to stick to and turn into habits.
One of the best ways to find some morning anxiety relief is to simply meditate. Meditation can be as simple as you make it. Find a meditation video on YouTube, or use an app. If you prefer, simply find a comfy spot (ahem, your bed) and close your eyes. Count each breath (inhale, 1, exhale, 2, inhale, 3, etc.) until you get distracted. When you get distracted start the counting over again. Set your time for anywhere from 2-10 minutes and relax with this easy meditation technique.
When it comes to calming supplements, we love ashwagandha. If you need some morning anxiety relief but you just can’t say no to that delicious cup of coffee, try adding ashwagandha to your coffee. Ashwagandha comes in the form of powder or as a supplement. Either take it just as a supplement or turn your cup of Joe into an ashwagandha latte with almond milk and honey too. Ashwagandha is known to relieve stress and support the nervous system. It can help prevent the caffeine from causing even more anxiety in your mind. Another great supplement to pair with coffee isFour Sigmatic’s Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps. This mix has half the caffeine as normal coffee, but cordyceps will provide a natural energy that supports the health of your cells.
CBD is a cannabinoid compound found in hemp and marijuana. The ratios of CBD to THC in oil can vary depending on every kind of product and the plant that the oil was extracted from. Many CBD products have little to no THC, while others contain small amounts of THC. CBD oil is naturally anti-inflammatory and helps fight anxiety. CBD has been shown to be especially effective in treating social anxiety. Next time you wake up feeling anxious, use a little CBD oil for a healthy and natural calm.
It can be hard to think about the morning when you’re having such a fun night, but waking up with even the slightest hangover can change your mood the following day. If you know you have something big the next day, or if you are already anxious, avoid drinking a lot of alcohol. Instead, wake up hydrated and get a little exercise in to boost your endorphins and put you in the best mood possible.
Speaking of exercise, find a way to get moving every single morning—even if you just stretch. Movement—walking, yoga, cardio or weight lifting—are all great practices to boost your mood in the A.M. Exercise will also help you wake up, boost your confidence, and you’ll feel great getting that workout out of the way so you have one less thing to stress about throughout the day.
Nothing causes more morning anxiety than checking your phone first thing in the morning. Guilty? Yup, us too. Buy a cute alarm clock for your bedside table and put your phone in a different room when you go to bed. Do one of these healthy practices listed before checking your phone so that you can start your day without a news update, an annoying text message, or the frustration that he saw your story but didn’t text you back.
Create A Worry List
Finally, one of the best ways to find some morning anxiety relief is to write down anything you’re stressed about. If you write down everything that is overwhelming you, you can start to sort your thoughts and realize you have less to worry about than you originally thought.
Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate