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Topic: Anxiety in the morning

3 posts, 0 answered
  1. bunny99
    bunny99 avatar
    1 posts
    25 June 2020
    I have had anxiety for years now, since i was a kid, i'm now nearly 21 and have started having panic attacks almost every morning when i wake up. I have been having panic attacks for years but never have they been so frequent.
  2. leesy_lou
    • Masters of Psychology student on placement
    leesy_lou avatar
    60 posts
    25 June 2020 in reply to bunny99

    Hey Bunny99,

    Sounds like feeling anxious is not a new feeling, but having a panic attack almost every morning's is. Sorry that is is happening, I know from a close friend of mine that experiencing anxiety in the morning can be a horrible way to start the day, and can even effect sleep the night before. What is it like for you?

    Something to think about could be the changes to your routine or life, something just identifying these can hel. I know life for many of us had been affected in one way or another by COVID-19, for some of my friends and family it has been directly - as they may be more prone to the virus, and for others its more about not being able to socialise as much, feeling isolated, and not being able to do the things we enjoy such as going to the movies etc.

    This might be completely off the mark, and their is no pressure to answer, just something to think about...

    Trust in yourself for the meantime, you know what works for you and your anxiety in the moment <3

    Big "vitual" hug!

  3. Lillipilli80
    • Masters of Psychology student on placement
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    25 posts
    25 June 2020 in reply to bunny99

    Hi Bunny99,

    Welcome to the forum and thanks for reaching out. I'm sorry to hear that you are having a hard time with panic attacks at the moment, they can be a scary experience and particularly first thing in the morning. No pressure to answer here but it might be useful to think about if there been anything particularly stressful happening to you lately that may have coincided with the start of these more frequent panic attacks.

    Have you used any techniques in the past that worked for you to manage anxiety? Since you mentioned the panic attacks are when you first wake up it might help to do some some slow breathing and to acknowledge where you are, which is in your bed and in a safe space. As you know, during a panic attack your body is experiencing that fight or flight mode and is releasing stress hormones in response. Slowing down our breathing and telling ourselves we are safe can start to reduce that stress response.

    Its really great that you have reached out and I hope we can support you more. You will find many posts about others who experience anxiety and panic attacks on the forum which you might find useful and please know are in the right place to continue to share your experience.

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