Deanne Repich writes about the common experience of “sleeping peacefully in your warm, cozy bed. You are at peace, finally getting a break from the cares and tasks of the day.
“Then, BOOM! Suddenly, the shrill sound of your alarm clock jerks you awake.
“It triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response, our body’s inborn self-protective mechanism.”
A result, she continues, can be that “The dreaded worries and symptoms kick in.”
Among the ways she suggests to make the ”waking up” environment more pleasant is to use music or chimes instead of an alarm; using a light dimmer; having a robe and slippers at hand, and dealing with your low blood sugar after not eating for so many hours.
From her article Understanding Early Morning Anxiety.
Deanne Repich is founder of the National Institute of Anxiety and.
See more of her articles.
Those sort of stressors can probably trigger real stress more easily for those of us who are highly sensitive. Noticing responses like morning anxiety can be a call for better self-care.
Sensitive to Anxiety and Depression — Being highly sensitive probably increases our vulnerability to anxiety and depression, which for many of us go together to some extent. Elaine Aron, PhD thinks “high sensitivity increases the impact of all emotionally tinged events…”
Highly Sensitive and Living With Social Anxiety — How might being a highly sensitive person (HSP) or empath make some people more susceptible to social anxiety?
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