Seriously: Doing This Will Reduce Your Anxiety Overnight

Kaitlyn McLintock

Urban Outfitters

There's nothing worse than waking up to greet the day with anxiety. That uncomfortable, fear-inducing, and, may I add, annoying feeling sits in your chest like a weight. As someone who has a long history of dealing with an anxiety disorder, I know as well as anyone: Mornings can be awful.

According to NYC-based clinical health and neuropsychologist Jennifer Wolkin, Ph.D., morning anxiety is as logical as it is common. "Cognitively, the morning is often the time when we are more apt to engage in unhelpful thinking, given the level of anticipatory anxiety as we envision our to-do lists and wonder how we are going to get through the day," she says. In fact, Wolkin explains that the mere act of waking up can be stressful to the body and mind. "Sometimes, the blatant contrast between the sleeping and waking states, often heralded in by the shrieking of an alarm, can be jarring to our senses," she explains. "In fact, sometimes we are so blindsided by the transition, that we immediately go into fight-or-flight mode."

While it's unrealistic to avoid anxiety forever, there are simple actions you can take to calm your body and ease your mind. With help from four different experts, we've compiled a list of tips, tricks, and habits you can do tonight to diminish anxiety when you wake up. Keep reading to learn how to set a positive tone for your entire day, despite your anxious mind.

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