Updated: Oct 12
Anxiety can affect us at any time, but it can often seem worse in the quiet of the early hours. Learn some strategies that can help to provide relief.
Whether we realize it or not, the last couple of years have been tough ones. We may not all have had the same experiences while living through this COVID-19 pandemic, but no matter what our individual circumstances are, they’re sure to have had some impact on our lives.
Since we just celebrated World Mental Health Day it’s a good time to think about self-care and to remember to check in on those closest to you. Anxiety can creep up on us and begin to affect our day-to-day, but my experiences of dealing with a related anxiety disorder and depersonalization have taught me that trying to stick to good morning and nighttime routines can really help.
Coping With Anxiety and Depersonalization
There are so many reasons why morning and nighttime anxiety might start to become problems. Relationship issues, work/study stress, depersonalization, or financial difficulties are just some of the challenges that can cause a person to have difficulties falling or staying asleep. Lack of sleep can then really have a very negative impact on our mental state.
Symptoms of Morning or Nighttime Anxiety
Sleep problems that arise from an anxious mind can cause fatigue to hit hard. This, in turn, can result in irritability, difficulty concentrating on tasks we are usually easily able to do, panic attacks, and sometimes even just an unexplained feeling of being wound up or on edge.
Anxiety Relief, Mental Health, and Wellness—There Is Comfort in Morning and Nighttime Routines
Sticking to routines when you are suffering from anxiety can be tricky, but doing what you can, even in a small way, can really help provide relief. Practicing yoga in the morning or evening, using some deep breathing techniques, and making sure to switch off from technology for at least an hour before bedtime are all small things you can do to ease anxiety.
My routines include saying what I’m thankful for out loud when I wake up and working out for 20 minutes or so. I find comfort in meditating and praying in my sauna blanket. I also get a night of better sleep if I use a lavender salt scrub in my shower or bath before bed.
Setting minor goals for morning and nighttime routines and doing whatever it is that brings you peace and comfort can help you to get a night of better sleep, wake up feeling more rested and ready for the day, and provide some anxiety relief. These small things can be a big help and are more important now than ever!