Anxiety freakin sucks. It’s never fun and can definitely be crippling when it comes to succeeding in normal, everyday life.
After dealing with anxiety so bad that I physically could not leave my house, I knew something had to give. I started toying around with the idea of mindfulness and it actually started to improve my anxiety! Developing a mindful morning routine was one of the best decisions I made towards bettering my mindset and not settling for that lifestyle.
As many of you know, an anxious person’s best friend is routine! We love a good routine as it allows us to be calm and know what is coming next. Obviously it’s not good to live life purely in routine. Change can be good and it’s important to be able to handle the stresses that life may throw at you.
Even though I am sharing how important a morning routine can be for anxiety, it’s important to remember that life happens. No one has to suffer from anxiety or let it control their life. A strong mental foundation and creating a toolbox filled with tools that help you in your anxious times can be a saving grace in getting out of anxiety.
How a morning routine helps
As touched on in the beginning of this post, a morning routine can help because it’s a routine! It’s something that you can look forward to and expect to happen every morning. Part of anxiety is the feeling of being out of control. With a set morning routine, you control what happens and when it happens. It can be very calming and reassuring when you’re feeling unstable.
A morning routine can also ground you. Anxiety is said to be a deficit in the root chakra - we can touch more on that in a different post! When you start your day feeling grounded, you’re less likely to feel as flighty and anxious as you would normally.
Morning routines help you feel good. It’s time spent solely for the purpose of giving yourself time with you. No one has to be around you or even know you’re in the middle of your routine. It’s time well spent with yourself.
Some morning routine ideas
Journaling is a great way to spend your morning. It doesn’t have to be a long session. Even 5 minutes spent in your journal is totally solid. I developed a routine of writing down 10 things I am grateful for and 10 things that I love about myself everyday. You’d be amazed how much you can come up with when you take the time to think about all that you have going for you. You can read more about the journaling I’ve done in my morning routine post here.
Meditation is another great way to spend the morning. I’ve made several posts about the importance of meditation, which you can find here and here. But meditation has definitely been a saving grace for me. Taking time to just sit with myself and allow my thoughts to come and go like clouds in the sky is incredibly relaxing. The best part about meditation is there is no right or wrong way to do it. Your time meditating can go however you’d like it to go. Don’t get too judgmental if thoughts flood your mind. Just use this time to accept what is and breathe.
Which brings me into my next idea, breathing. Breath work is phenomenal when you’re feeling anxious. I do a 5-5-5 rule - breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 and then release for 5. Taking deep breaths is a great way to slow down your mind and get grounded again. This works for any time of day - don’t just use it for morning anxiety!
This next one I still struggle with sometimes, but they’re affirmations. Long definition short - affirmations are uplifting words that you repeat to yourself. Anxiety is all in your mind. It controls your thoughts and the way you feel about yourself and your surroundings. Affirmations are used to counteract the anxious goblin in your brain. I’ve used affirmations such as “I am grounded.” or “I am calm and secure in my surroundings.” You can read more about my affirmation journey here.
Your morning routine is exactly that - yours! So have fun with it and be creative. Don’t limit yourself to the ideas that I have listed here. Maybe dance around to your favorite jam or eat something wholesome with a glass of water. Do whatever you know makes you feel secure and at peace in these moments of chaos.
You control your mind. Don’t let it control you!
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