No matter where your anxiety comes from, the feeling of it remains the same.
As PTSD plays a regular role in my day-to-day life, anxiety doesn’t fall far behind. One of my favorite tools to use is mindfulness. This is a technique where one uses different methods to become aware of the present moment with acceptance. If you want to know more about mindfulness check out This Page. I use a special morning ritual to keep my anxiety level down, which in turn ends up helping my PTSD triggers.
Thanks to my experience as a mental health counselor, I have gained many new skills to strengthen my own mental health. This type of self-care goes beyond physical by dealing with the emotional.
What do you do when you wake up in the morning?
Some of the most successful people in the world have shared their morning routines or rituals and talk about how much it improves their day. Tony Robbins is a great example of this and talks about giving himself 10 minutes every morning.
I noticed a great difference in the way my days were playing out once I started my own routine.
My morning ritual
1 – Instead of waking up and looking at my phone to check social media, I slowly roll out of bed and head to the couch for 2 minutes of Mindful Breathing.
2 – I think of (sometimes say out loud) 3 people, places or things I am grateful for.
3 – Verbally express 3 positive things about myself. If you try this, start your sentences with “I am. . .” Try to stay away from negative words such as “not.”
“I am strong.” Instead of “I am not weak.”
4 – I think about what I want my day to look like and picture it playing out perfectly. Of course, perfection doesn’t happen, but the brain is “receiving messages” that brings it comfort.
Everyone is different and may have different rituals that work for them. For me this routine causes my anxiety level to remain low throughout the rest of my morning. It brings a much easier start to my day. I hope that you will create a morning ritual for yourself that has the same effect.
Wrap Up The Point
So create a morning routine/ritual that works for you and make sure it includes the following:
- Start your morning ritual before interacting with the world. (i.e. social media, texts, phone, email.)
- Incorporate 1-3 minutes of mindfulness into the routine.
- Use positive words when thinking about yourself and your day
Welcome to a new day!