Mornings are often difficult. Lately I wake up and the first thing I feel (along with some sort of physical pain) is anxiety wanting to ruin things. I know many of you deal with the same. Here are a few things I do that help ….
#1. Remember that Cortisol levels are at their highest in the mornings. So relax, it will eventually die down.
#2. Don’t lay in bed and ponder all the “What if” thoughts. Just get up and move into the day.
#3. Drink a glass of filtered water with lemon. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
#4. Eat a little something. For me it’s usually just a banana. I can’t tolerate much more than that when I first wake up.
#5. Enjoy some hot tea or a little coffee (if you can tolerate it) while you read some positive/encouraging truth (I recommend Scripture but to each their own). I also do some praying or journaling. It helps me.
#6. Don’t start off the day googling symptoms or “cures” or “treatments” … in fact, I think it’s better to just stay away from all devices/media for the first 30 minutes of your day.
#7. Do some stretching for like 5 minutes.
#8. Don’t give that symptom or pain the attention it wants. Acknowledge it and move on with your day … “Oh, my chest hurts again and it makes me feel a little nervous. Oh well, I’ve already had tests and scans done on my heart and lungs. They were all normal. This is just part of my Lyme struggle or it’s just anxiety related.”
#9. Do some sort of exercise even if only for 5 minutes. Get your body moving and release those endorphins.
#10. Know you’re not alone in what you’re going through. At the very same time in the morning that you’re feeling it, there are so many of us feeling it too. Hang in there. Don’t quit. If it’s getting overwhelming, talk to a good friend who gets it or a therapist. I have to do it regularly.
Battling with you,
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