Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

5 Ways To Take Charge Of Start-Of-The-Day Anxiety

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

Do you start the day with knots in your stomach? Thoughts of failure in your head?

"I'm not on track to make my 2012 goals."

"I'll never get a job."

"I should be doing webinars."

"I should be growing seeds for the garden."

If shoulds and all or nothing thoughts are making you feel miserable, turn 'em upside down and on their heads.

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Banish those words from your vocabulary.

They serve no purpose except to make you feel worse about something you had planned to do and didn't.

What's the point of feeling worse? Where's the value in using a verbal cat o' nine tails to beat yourself up?

You're left wounded and bleeding and who has any energy left after a beating to do what you had wanted?

5 Steps To Taking Charge Of Start-Of-The-Day Anxiety

1. Take 3-5 minutes and write down your negative thoughts.

Get them out of your brain and onto a piece of paper. Make a ritual or practice of crumbling up those thoughts and tossing them into the garbage. Outside. Yep, walk out of your house or apartment, which also changes things up, and throw those thoughts into the outside trash.

To some people I've worked with, this seemed silly and it may to you. But it helps. Ritual is a powerful tool in your changing thoughts tool box.

2. Eat something healthy for breakfast. (For me protein, because my blood sugar levels are low in the morning.)

For ease and speed, I hard boil a bunch of eggs and have them in the refrigerator. I eat them even though they don't rock my taste buds but it beats cookingÂor energy-slumping at 9:30 am.

Click here for other easy morning meals, like cheese and apples.

3. Put on your favorite music. Songs with vocals that you know and can sing along to - preferably loudly - are great.

I choose GoFM "No rules - we just play stuff."

You can sing while you're in the shower or getting dressed. (I've tried it while brushing my teeth and wouldn't recommend it). Sing row, row, row your boat if you want. The choice of song doesn't matter, but choosing to sing does. Singing is amazingly healing.

Also, practicing hearing your voice, even in song, makes it easier to find your authentic voice when you need to.

4. Take a new route to work.

Again, you're changing things up, making your brain focus on the new route rather than negative thoughts.

If you work at home, get out of the house. Go to the library or a local coffee shop for a change of scenery and routine. The hustle and bustle of people around you also takes you away from focusing on yourself.

5. Breathe

Taking 5 deep breaths an hour is a tremendous help in keeping you calm.

Most people are shallow breathers and anxiety and stress tightens our breathing even more.ÂI've been making a conscious effort to take long deep breaths whenever I think of it. It's been a big help in reducing my outward signs of tension (shoulders tensed and raised) and, overall, calming my mind.

Let me know how these steps work for you and, please, add any ideas you have.

I love connecting on Twitter and Facebook. I'm a chatter and a listener so look me up.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

All Or Nothing Statements



Your body needs glucose in order to get energy for cell and tissue function. Without energy, the cells do not function properly and the immune system is compromised. When your blood glucose levels

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Diabetes l July 09, 2013 lViews: 2617

Heavy Metals - Free radicals (tissue damaging molecules that cause aging and bodily deterioration) are the result of the ever-present toxins within our environment. Heavy metals are contained in

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Supplements l July 09, 2013 lViews: 607

Braun shavers and trimmers are very standard brand and their new curser beard and head trimmer is big for trimming beards. This trimmer was specifically made to be able to trim down your beard and

By: Lovey Blackburn l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 20, 2012 lViews: 459

On this website you will find latest makeup reviews and swatches from real people. You will know how makeup products look in real life, and you can also participate! Post your photos, tips and

By: l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 09, 2012 lViews: 320

You can either seek referrals from friends and associates or search for consultants on the internet. The latter, in our opinion, would be a viable option for those pressed for time.You can either

By: Simon Liva l Health & Fitness > Diseases l December 07, 2012 lViews: 268

Healthy living is essential in today's world, to ensure one's well being. Learn how to relax and improve your mood now! Be it exercising, or indulging in one's passions and hobbies, be sure to set

By: Clarinda l Health & Fitness > Mind Body Spirit l December 02, 2012 lViews: 262

This informative article talks about the many well established facts concerning OCD disorder. You will also learn about the symptoms of OCD as well as how to treat it.

By: David Rodriguel Health & Fitness > Mental Healthl July 11, 2012 lViews: 194

This article reviews the popular OCD Treatment plan called OCD Rescue. OCD Rescue has helped a lot of people to overcome...

By: David Rodriguel Health & Fitness > Mental Healthl July 11, 2012 lViews: 175

This article talks about how to identify OCD symptoms in Children. You will also learn about what parents should know to look out for if they suspect their child has OCD.

By: David Rodriguel Health & Fitness > Mental Healthl July 11, 2012 lViews: 157

This article talks about OCD hoarding and how it affects people's lives. You will learn about the symptoms of this disorder, and how to treat it.

By: David Rodriguel Health & Fitness > Mental Healthl July 11, 2012 lViews: 214

This article talks about how people that suffer from OCD have obsessions and compulsions. People with OCD perform rituals to rid themselves of the anxiety they feel. This can be washing their hands

By: David Rodriguel Health & Fitness > Mental Healthl July 10, 2012 lViews: 182

This article looks at the history of OCD disorder starting back from the 1600's. You will learn about how the disorder used to be viewed, is viewed now, and the different treatment methods that have

By: David Rodriguel Health & Fitness > Mental Healthl July 10, 2012 lViews: 179