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Starting the Morning Off Wrong

A lot of us experience anxiety at specific points in the day. We have different kinds of triggers that can cause stress to appear in front of us, forcing us to deal with it. For many of us, we feel anxiety at night, as we are trying to sleep. This is the time when our brains decide to go into hyperdrive and send every thought it can through our minds.

This is how anxiety keeps so many of us up at night, and why we find going to sleep very difficult. But on the other side, some can experience anxiety in the morning. In a lot of ways, this can be a much more difficult situation to have to deal with, as you wake up to start your day already feeling stressed and worried.

You literally wake up, and the first thing you think is some sort of concern for something that is going to happen in your day. Before you even have a chance to hit Snooze one more time on your alarm, you are feeling anxious about something. It can be a crippling thing to wake up to, and can cause you to feel paralyzed, stuck in your bed.

If you are experiencing morning anxiety, especially if it is excessive and causing too many negative things in your life, you may have to consider the possibility that you may have a generalized anxiety disorder. It is essential to know what to do in case this is happening to you.

The symptoms of morning anxiety can often mirror the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. So, as you may know already, this could include:

  • feeling restless, on edge, or wound up
  • finding it difficult to concentrate
  • fatigue
  • frequent panic attacks
  • irritability
  • difficulty controlling nervousness or worry

Any of these can be signs that you are developing or struggling with some kind of generalized anxiety disorder. If you are feeling any of these things, you may want to consider seeking the proper help for it.

Where is this Anxiety Coming From?

Now, we get to the things that can cause morning anxiety to manifest in a person. There are plenty of things that can cause a person to experience these things. One of the biggest reasons for someone to experience morning anxiety is due to high amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol.

There has been a lot of research done into the cortisol awakening response (CAR). This research has shown that the production of cortisol is highest during the first four hours of the day for people who experience higher levels of worry and stress.

That, alone, can explain a lot of reasons why morning anxiety can be prevalent in someone’s life. It also may be dependent on what you eat or drink to start your day. Eating a high amount of sugar or caffeine can increase feelings of anxiety.

On the flip side, having low blood sugar can cause feelings of anxiety to be even worse. If you went to bed the night before with feelings of anxiety and thinking about whatever is worrying you, you can wake up feeling that way still. Sleep is often viewed as the best medicine, and that is correct to a certain extent, but that doesn’t mean that it will always work. Those feelings can last through the night and into the morning.

Getting Rid of The Morning Stress

There are plenty of ways to cope with morning anxiety, and they are all similar to how you can deal with anxiety in general. You can seek psychotherapy, which will give you the tools you need to understand your anxiety and make the most out of it. You may have to make some significant lifestyle changes to help ease the symptoms of anxiety as well.

You can indulge in a greater amount of exercise and physical activity, practice mindfulness, and meditation to help keep your body calm, and finally, when you have negative thoughts, tackle them head-on. You don’t have to shy away from what bothers you. In fact, tackling them head-on is paramount to overcoming them. We don’t have to be afraid of them but can use them to make ourselves stronger.

Anxiety, in any form, is hard to deal with. But in the morning, it can be even worse. Starting your day off with heightened feelings of stress is terrible. So, know what kind of things are giving you anxiety, how your body is responding to those things, and take the proper actions to help ease the feelings. There is no reason for you to have to suffer through it alone, and you are strong enough to get through it. All you have to do is know what’s going on.

Getting sober is one of the most anxiety-inducing experiences anybody can go through. Fortunately, there is a solution to both your history of substance abuse and the anxiety of early recovery. At Camelback Recovery, you’ll find a sober living community ready to provide you with the tools you’ll need on the journey to sobriety. If you’re ready to get sober, it’s time to lean on the experience and strength of others who have come before you. Sobriety is not as uncharted as it may seem. Through a holistic recovery program, you can heal spiritually, mentally, and physically – you just need the time to do so. At Camelback Recovery, you’ll find the community you’re looking for and the experienced guidance you need. Give us a call at (602) 466-9880. Getting sober isn’t easy, but it can be an exciting period of your life, filled with transformational experiences and incredible growth.

How Can I Cope With Fear?

Mental illness includes all kinds of different anxieties and stress reactions. Each of these disorders may seem similar, yet there are significant differences between them. Each one is classified in its own right for its own reasons. You have to understand each one’s intricacies so that you can adequately know if each one is afflicting you in some way.

Take phobias, for example. Phobias are an excessive and irrational fear reaction. They are a form of anxiety disorder and can have a crippling effect on a person. Phobias are some of the most intense types of fear that you can experience. They cause anxiety so severe that they can stop you from functioning or doing your job correctly.

Unlike a generalized anxiety disorder, phobias are focused on something specific. As with many forms of anxiety, a person can realize that their fear is irrational. They are experiencing a phobia, but they still cannot will the fear. There are an estimated 19 million Americans afflicted with some kind of debilitating phobia, causing some sort of difficulty in some aspects of their lives.

Identifying Your Phobias

There are three main groups of phobias to consider: specific (simple) phobias, social phobia, and agoraphobia. A specific phobia can produce intense fear of a particular object or situation that is relatively safe. These are phobias where people are aware of the irrationality of their concerns, but the thought of the object or situation still brings about intense feelings of panic or severe anxiety.

These can include a fear of dogs, snakes, insects, driving a car, and much more. No one is sure what causes these phobias to form, but they do know they can run in families and are also more prevalent in women. They usually begin to form in early childhood or adolescence. They can start suddenly and persist longer than most childhood fears. Sometimes, they can develop in childhood and disappear over time, but others will stick with a person into adulthood. No one is sure why some stay for some people but disappear for others.

On the other hand, social phobias produce a fear of being ridiculed or embarrassed in front of other people. It can be related to feelings of low self-esteem or inferiority. The feelings of fear and anxiety can be so strong that they drive a person to drop out of school or even leave a job. It also inhibits a person from being able to make friends.

Agoraphobia is probably a word you have heard before. It is usually used to describe a person who is afraid of leaving their home. It is also more general than that, as it can mean a person who suffers anxiety about being in places or situations where they feel trapped or exposed.

Fear of leaving their house is an extreme form of agoraphobia. This kind of phobia can often be misconstrued as shyness, but they are not the same. Shy people do not feel the severe anxiety that a person with agoraphobia experiences. Timid people do not necessarily avoid these kinds of situations like someone who has the phobia does.

Overcoming Fear

Luckily, proper treatment is available for people who are struggling with phobias. Phobias can be diagnosed by a medical professional and are an illness that should be taken very seriously. A complete medical and psychiatric evaluation should be carried out to ensure the diagnosis is correct.

From there, behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can be great options for anyone looking to treat their phobias. Both can help a person learn the tools to properly cope with fear. The skills a person can learn from therapy help them react to situations in different, healthier ways. No one needs to live in their fear, alone, and let themselves suffer.

Everyone has a fear of something, but when that fear gets so extreme that it paralyzes you, that is a phobia. That is when you cannot function with your fear, and it is a good idea to get help. There are many kinds of dread, and seeing a doctor about your feelings can help you identify your phobia and begin developing a treatment plan. Never feel alone in your fear, and know that you can get the help you need.

Phobias are a real thing, and they deserve to be treated the right way. More importantly, phobias can be conquered as part of the addiction process, as long as the people helping you are aware of them. Speak up and get the help you need!

No matter how tough we may present ourselves to be, we’re all afraid of something. For some of us, recovery can bring out our very worst demons, elevating common fears into full-blown phobias. Fortunately, help is available. At Camelback Recovery, you’ll find a sober living community ready to provide you with the tools you’ll need on the journey to sobriety. If you’re ready to get sober, it’s time to lean on the experience and strength of others who have come before you. People in recovery have walked through the most intense challenges, including phobias, and remained sober. Through a holistic recovery program, you can heal spiritually, mentally, and physically – you just need the time to do so. At Camelback Recovery, you’ll find the community you’re looking for and the experienced guidance you need. Give us a call at (602) 466-9880. Getting sober isn’t easy, but it can be an exciting period of your life, filled with transformational experiences and incredible growth.