While you might brush your teeth every morning before starting the day,
you might not have a precise morning routine to rely on. For some, creating
a morning ritual has helped them cope with the anxiety they experience
during the day.
Some people wake with anxiety, whether it’s before the alarm even
sounds or arising with anxious or troubled thoughts on the brain. Starting
the day like this can be exhausting. However, if you create a morning
ritual to calm your anxiety, it might curb the bulk of it before it ruins
the rest of your day.
Ritual has been part of the human experience for thousands of years. These
routines soothe the psyche because they’re done regularly and predictably.
Likewise, they’re comfortably rhythmic and allow us some measure
of control over what we do.
The most effective type of anxiety-reducing ritual should take place as
close to the same time each day as possible. This will establish a routine
your brain will come to rely on. Likewise, your brain will make a connection
between the time of day, place of the ritual, activities done, and reduced
anxiety; meaning, simply seeing or being otherwise reminded of the routine
will induce calm.
Also, make sure to pick a comfortable, pleasant place for your morning
ritual. You want this place to be physically enjoyable for you. If you
have pets or family members who might interrupt you, make sure to establish
boundaries with them in advance, which will allow you to perform your
There is no best possible routine for every person; rather, people all
have something that best suits them, their personalities, and their unique
anxieties. Whatever that activity is for you, make sure you do it each
morning at a set time in a set place to induce peace and reduce stress.
Simple activities you enjoy doing are some of the best options. However,
if you want some suggestions, you could try some of the following:
- Writing affirmations
- Watching fish in an aquarium
- Drinking tea, decaffeinated coffee, or water
- Mindfully eating something healthy
- Deep breathing
- Taking a mindfulness walk
- Goal setting for the day
- Making an action plan for a low-anxiety day
Make sure whatever you decide to do in the morning, it brings you a sense
of joy, peace, and calm.
If you’re dealing with overwhelming anxiety, consider talking to
one of our
Chico mental health professionals.
Therapeutic Solutions has been helping Northern California residents cope with their mental
health disorder since 2008. Whether you have a behavioral health issue
or you need coping strategies for your anxiety, we can help. Our clinic
is well-equipped to deliver the comprehensive care and treatment you need
in a warm, comfortable environment. Our staff of board-certified psychologists,
psychiatrists, and therapists have extensive training in the behavioral
health field, and we have a broad range of
programs to choose from to meet your individual needs. We can offer you two decades
of experience in high-quality care.
Contact us at (530) 883-8535 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment
with us today. If you would like to refer a patient, you can do so on
our online form
here. We look forward to speaking with you!