Morning Depression: The Best Solution You Will Ever Find
Let’s explore what it’s like to have morning depression: Have you ever woken up in the morning and experienced sadness that enfolded you? Do you find yourself struggling to get out of bed?
Like no matter how hard you try you can’t put a smile on your face in the morning?
You are not sleepy, but something… heavy, keeps holding you down, sort of a pinch in the heart that says, “Stay in bed. Don’t get up.”
BEEP BEEP BEEEEEEEEPPPPP!!! *annoying alarm going off*
Is it morning already? Already you can feel the depression. You’ve been awake for just seconds and you already want to get back to sleep.
Maybe just a few more minutes…
Then a few more.
And a few more after that.
Waking up feeling unmotivated?
Many people live with this type of depression every day. I did. I really hated the mornings. It’s not because I’m a night person or because I was tired or didn’t get enough sleep. I just couldn’t find a good enough reason to wake and drag myself out of bed.
I didn’t realize it back then, but I was depressed. I suffered from morning depression. You know what’s weird? This depressing feeling disappeared shortly after I started my day like it was never there.
Today I wake up happy, excited and charged with energy. I’ll tell you exactly how this happened, but first, let’s talk about what causes early rise sadness.
Morning depression applies only to the early hours of the day. And the depression fades away later on like it never existed.
People who usually cope with morning melancholy feel energetic with an elevated mood a few hours after waking up; they are inspired mainly in the evening and night time.
What Morning Depression Feels Like
Depression upon waking described by sufferers as deep sadness, a lack of desire starting the morning, a lack of motivation, feeling of emptiness, unexplained unhappiness, heaviness, and a desire to sleep as much as possible.
They also say that when the alarm buzzing, their brains look for excuses as to why they should not wake.
These excuses, when remembered, later on, do not make sense to the depression sufferers. When completely immersed with their daily routine, a few hours later, they regret that they did not wake earlier. They also realize that staying asleep was sort of surrendering to the depression and excuses their minds created.
According to research, this morning depression phenomenon is called Diurnal Mood Variation.
This includes people who suffer from symptoms of depression during certain hours of the day, usually in the morning, while being emotionally balanced and grounded later on.
What causes this specific morning depression condition and how can you avoid it, or at least reduce it significantly so that it will not hit you with intensity in the mornings?
4 Reasons You Are Feeling Down In The Morning
Here are some scientifically probable explanations as to why your morning is characterized by severe depression than in the afternoon or evening.
In my opinion, these “rational” causes for the morning depression are not satisfying; therefore, below them, I will provide my personal impressions on these fluctuations.
According to studies, here are the common reasons people wake up in the morning with a sense of depression:
Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)
There is a direct link between mood and blood glucose balance. This is part of our survival system; humans and animals get very unhappy when their blood sugar is low. This mechanism is designed to make finding food a priority. While you sleep, your blood sugar progressively drops. The reason for this is that you haven’t eaten anything during the night and your body’s alarm system goes off as you are waking in the morning.
If you tend to eat plenty of refined carbs, that causes a major drop in blood sugar levels, which eventually leads to depression and anxiety. Sure, you might get all excited and lively while you’re eating it, but that will not last and the depression will rear its ugly head.
As the food is being processed in your system during the “rest and digest” time window, in the following morning, the excess sugar manifests as unpleasant symptoms.
When foods of this kind are eaten at the night before, the negative effect of hypoglycemia is significantly increased. Try to be mindful of your eating choices if you wish to reduce your morning depression symptoms. Here you can find out more about the connection between your gut health and depression.
I noticed that when I restricted my junk food intake, that was a huge factor that made my mornings become so much different!
If your sleep is not stable and you suffer from sleep problems such as insomnia or having difficulty letting go of your scattered thoughts, it is definitely going to influence you in the morning.
See, low-quality sleep can cause depression after you wake, gloominess, grumpiness, anger, stress, and anxiety. A great (and surprising) solution for this depression is presented below.
Lack of desire to deal with your reality
We covered the common scientific reasons that might make you depressed in the morning. However, after talking to many people who are fighting morning despair (and considering my own experience, as I had the same symptoms until a few years ago), I have another, probable explanation that does not involve physical aspects.
Starting your morning is more than just opening your eyes, and get on with your day. It involves an entire process of gathering together the pieces of your sense of self – “who am I”, and “where am I” type of questions.
You are coming back from a world of dreams, tucked in comfortable sheets to reality. Often times, a reality that you do not want to be in, and that you don’t enjoy.
The depression that surfaces in the morning also occurs because you may not be happy and satisfied with your life in certain areas.
Here is the thing – coming back to reality in the morning is difficult because all of the things you are not pleased about are popping up rapidly all at once!
Your brain can barely function rationally and cannot fully address all of the fear that is emerging. It is the fear of “how will I start off when I have all these problems?” You’re facing life feeling like you’re trapped.
Morning depression while vacationing
Here is an interesting point that illustrates my view on morning depression. Almost everyone I talked to who suffers from depression upon waking gave the same reply to the question I asked.
The question was simple: “While on vacation, are you also that depressed when waking up?” The answer was “no” among all of them. What happened to all the causes listed above? Do they just go away on vacation?
The answer is simple. When you step out of your stressful reality and travel somewhere relaxing, all the trouble goes away. You become so laid back and at ease, so the depression you usually have during the morning time disappears.
The Common Solutions For Morning Depression
As mentioned above, better sleep can highly improve your spirit the following morning. One of the best methods to handle sleep deprivation is listening to Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones, aka, Sound Therapy. It consists of healing frequencies that sync with your brain and put you in a deep, relaxed state of mind. Furthermore, the theta and delta waves will induce deep slumber faster and easier and ease depression.
Don’t skip breakfast
When you finally force yourself to get out of bed, it is extremely important that you don’t skip breakfast. Even if you’re not hungry, manage your morning hours and eat something small, to prevent hypoglycemia.
Stretch your body
Stretching not only helps your body feel better by getting rid of the fatigue you experience but also calms the mind. Stretching helps release mental tension, enhances your mood, and relieves morning depression.
Lightbox (SAD lamps)
More than 70% of the people I interviewed reported that a light box was extremely helpful, reducing their depression symptoms to the minimum and even eliminating them. The lightbox is used in “light therapy.” The light mimics sunlight, which elevates your mood instantly.
Get up earlier in the morning
Set your alarm to an early hour so that you will not have to rush through your morning. It might be difficult at first to generate that new behavior, but it takes only 30 days to form a habit. After a short while, believe it or not, getting out of the sheets early will become part of your routine.
Start your day by doing something that makes you feel good
This relates to the previous tip. You do not have to start off just to get ready to go to work. Your job should NOT be the reason you wake up in the morning.
A while ago, when I experienced depression in the morning, I developed a new habit – I biked to the lake every day and wrote a journal.
People don’t even know how therapeutic writing can be. Every time I did it, I felt centered and balanced. Writing focused my thoughts and gave me clarity about many things. It also greatly lessened my morning depression until it vanished entirely.
This is a wonderful method that will work for you in the long run with your morning depression. This one requires daily practice, so remember to be patient and persistent.
Self-dialog means to have a conversation with yourself. First, it prevents you from falling asleep right away.
Second, it helps you from falling into an automatic morning depression. Why? Because as you cut off the toxic, usual, inner chatter, and establish a new neural habit, this mental exercise can gradually reduce the morning symptoms so you can start off your day right.
What can you say to yourself when you wake up and all you want to do is escape reality? First, remind yourself that it will soon be over, that it is just an hour or two of unjustified depression.
Try to think of all the things that actually work in your life, focus on your goals, rather than what’s lacking.
Here is an example of a self-dialog you can embrace
“I am very overwhelmed right now because I just woke up and all of the things that I fear are emerging all at once. But it’s ok, the stress is just my default mechanism, I can reprogram myself to feel calmer. I can just take it step-by-step and later on, I’ll thank myself because that is the right decision for me. But, I will not achieve a lot of progress if I continue to surrender to my morning avoidance and ignore life. I should just face it and trust myself that I’m going to manage everything the right way. All is well.”
Depression does not have to be part of your life. It can be dealt with pretty easily, especially if it is gone after the morning is over.
Choose the techniques that resonate with you the most and apply them. It is going to be weird and unnatural at first because your mind is not used to being joyous, happy, and lucid in the morning, but practicing these methods consistently is key to move past it.
The Ultimate Approach to Stopping Morning Depression
All of the above are wonderful ways to stop morning depression. But there is another method, both super-efficient and easy, that has proven itself scientifically time after time. This method is called subliminal messages.
They contain positive affirmations and suggestions that you cannot fully hear and understand; by that, they effortlessly bypass your consciousness and natural resistance.
If, for example, you hear clear-spoken affirmations such as, “I feel wonderful to get up in the morning,” you will reject it right away because this kind of statement is the complete opposite of your built-in depression-based thought patterns.
However, when you don’t hear this suggestion, you will not have the option to resist it; in other words, the suggestion has the ability to leave behind your depressive mornings.
Once you have no resistance, there is nothing that will stop these powerful affirmations from syncing in and reaching deep inside your subconscious mind.
They are recorded in a way that bypasses conscious processing. Allowing them to take root deeply and permanently rewire your mind to feel happier in the mornings.
It works almost like the advertisements you see on TV. When you see a delicious meal being displayed, you feel hungry. You weren’t hungry before, but now, you definitely want some good food.
Reshape Your Brain Conditioning
Be sure that your subconscious mind will absorb all of the hidden affirmations. According to world-famous researchers, the unconscious processes 40 million bits of information every second! On the other hand, consciousness processes only 40 bits of information. In other words, the subconscious mind is a million times stronger than your consciousness!
Now imagine that throughout the night you will be exposed to tens of thousands of repeated hidden affirmations that are specially designed to beat morning depression, without any internal resistance whatsoever.
What do you believe is going to happen? That’s right! You’ll start creating new neural pathways. This method has been explored in many studies and has been found to be an efficient means of decreasing depression, anxiety, and various addictions such as alcohol and food, and helping with other areas of life.
I recorded it using multi-layers – a unique formula that has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide! They will do the same for you.
Become More Vibrant During Morning Hours
Imagine what it would feel to function more efficiently and leave behind tiredness associated with morning depression.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing to get up full of energy, vitality, and exhilaration? Imagine what your morning would look like when you are free of depression. Once you start your morning with happiness and joy, your entire day will match to this starting point.
No more fear of dealing with reality and daily routines. No more lack of motivation to get out of bed due to draining morning depression. From now on, all of this can change for you because you will create new and healthy conditioning!
It is time to raise your energy vibration and change the way you perceive your life. As you continue practicing, you will feel safer because you will not view the world around you as threatening.
Your lack of energy and depression will be replaced with excitement as you continuously embrace positive and empowering patterns.
This is your time to say goodbye to morning depression and finally, open your eyes with a genuine passion to start your day early.
How To Use This Tool to Stop Morning Depression
1. Listen day and night.
2. Allow the recording to play in the background at a comfortable volume.
3. Headphones are not a must.
4. Never listen in a moving vehicle and/or when doing activities that might put you or others at risk.
The affirmations of this session are(including both ‘I’ and ‘You’ forms):
I love waking up in the mornings.
I feel vibrant, vital and happy to wake up in the mornings.
Life is wonderful; I enjoy my life.
I feel complete; I’m a whole.
It feels great to wake up in the morning and start my day.
My life is great, I appreciate every bit in it.
I am grateful for my life and for who I am.
My subconscious mind is wired to feel good.
Thinking positive is a natural part of who I am.
I look at the positive side of everything in this world.
My frequency level is high because I feel great during day and night.
Everything always works out for me.
Senses of joy and happiness wrap my heart, mind, and soul.
I attract amazing opportunities, people, and circumstances on a regular basis.
Every day, in every way, I feel more and more happy.
When I wake up in the morning, I feel highly motivated to start my day.
Thank you so much for the article, it has helped me greatly~someone, actually understands exactly how I feel, I don’t feel so alone. Thank you, again`
Its really like watching reruns of the same movie foreever. Completly lone man no female animals passed watchig tv just null me im creative person suffer from major deppresive disorder. Wish i could hit something to push that damn dopamine quickly.
“their brain is looking for all several of excuses for why giving up on waking up now.”
Make a pot of really good coffee. I force myself to get up and make it. I really enjoy drinking it. My mood comes around in about 10 minutes and it builds from there. Don’t use tap water. Spring water if possible. I just like a little cream. Try it without sugar or use sativa for a sweetener.
Caffeine nicotine and cocaine are all of the same family and they release endorphins fast. Coffee is the miracle drug. Buy the best you can afford. The better quality the coffee the better the results Take at least 5 mg of lithium orotate under the tongue. The lithium orotate has prevented untold number of suicides.
you are lucky you do not suffer more.
I am sorry you are in so much pain, Fred. I know it sucks, and you certainly don’t deserve it- it sounds like you work very hard with such a big family.
Uh….. has anyone heard of a life threatening condition that is caused by a brain chemical imbalance which causes many forms of severe depression including depression upon awakening ? This type of depression can and does gradually evolve into a major depression that doesn’t get better later in the morning or afternoon. When I read about halfway through I knew you were selling something. The old “pull your self up by your bootstraps and get going” fix.which by the way has resulted in numerous suicides. Let me guess “you don’t need those nasty antidressants or whatever meds you take, flush em’ down the toilet” which is advice commonly touted by religious counselors which has also resulted in many suicides. If any of these tips help anyone ,more power to you but keep in mind that if you suffer from any form of severe depression it is up to YOU to find the right help. I hate to be the one to tell you but when it comes right down to it the rest of the world doesn’t care if you live or die.
you are right the rest of the world cares less. I have taken all anti dep. except lithium and I refuse that. if it was not for my family I am not sure what route I would take. I still look for answers, my counsler says hang in there it will get better. I do not go for the lead in the head approach anymore, knowing the after results of those I love.i love life and want to continue to live.
Why the fear of lithium?
I also wake up EVERY morning with severe anxiety, and then become depressed. I have lived my entire life with anxiety and depression. I am 56. But 8 months ago this started every single day and then by evening I feel fine. Nothing bad happened during that time and I cannot think of anything that should have started this. I started going to a new doctor and she suggested getting tested for sleep apnea. I did get tested and have a mild case of it. I am picking up a test machine tomorrow morning. I sure hope this is the problem. Living this way is horrible. Has anyone else heard of sleep apnea causing this??
When I have early shifts (waking up at 5, sometimes 4) This is much more likely to occur. Maybe because I’m more tired. I felt really down this morning and I went to bed late plus was turning in the night which I don’t do (even got sleep angry lol). So I’m assuming it’s a combinations of tiredness and reality for me. I think that if I was excited for the day ahead I wouldn’t feel down. It’s not like sadness about things that you don’t really understand later like the article says but I don’t feel as negative about the things later. Like this morning I felt how am I ever going to have kids/why would I (due to the life they may live/ just for me to be happy/ maybe I just wont find someone) and this is really crazy as I’m 20. Maybe the minds more irrational when your tired.
no one knows the pain nor do they understand. I have been told just think good things and all is well, BS. my life is wonderful , four great kids and three great step kids and a wonderful wife, family, nice house, good job, lake lot and a full size wood shop. waking up in the morning I do not care about these things and I consider jumping off a cliff. I take lamictal in the morning then sometimes clonaspam just because I am scare and do not know what to do. sometimes I skip work but then I go crazy at home. sometimes it improves during the day, but I catch myself thinking about the next morning. I tried the cpap machine, but wake up pulling it off in fear. I do self hypnosis which seems to help some. this has been going on for 5 years. know one really cares about my problem or understands. going to a hospital or doctor you hear it is all in your head, take deep breaths and walk. I have walked miles and deep breath forever.
I know it may seem like nobody understands, but you must recognize that you are the one separating yourself from everyone else commenting here, and especially those trying to help you. You are just trying to protect yourself, to make sure that nobody else hurts you or tells you something you don’t think you want to hear. It’s perfectly natural and normal and okay to do so. However, this wall between you and other people is exactly the same wall that is preventing you from getting better. I know you have hope, otherwise you wouldn’t have found this article, and it’s a wonderful sign that you are slowly opening yourself up to the possibility that you can heal. You attract what you think about, so I pray you keep thinking about reconciliation.
I seperate from others because i feel weak in front of them when i am down. I hate to be seen this way especially with my wife. I keep going on though i have a war going on inside me.
I know what you are going through. I’ve been dealing with this for at least 2 years.
I awake about 3 times a night. Doesn’t bother me and I can get back to sleep pretty soon, BUT, eventually I get the “wake up” that I can not go back to sleep. Here comes the thoughts, which lead to worry, which lead to fear, which lead to anxiety.
I’ve learned that the ONLY thing I can to do lessen the pain, but not stop it, is to GET UP. If I stay in bed, hopping against hope that I will fall back to sleep, I just toss and turn and go deeper into anguish. First Advice: GET UP.
Yes, it will be HELL, but I’ve noticed it is less hell than staying in bed. (75% pain is better than 100% pain and that is how you must approach this).
Second Advice: Do something you like. I make black coffee and turn on the TV and watch YouTube “documentaries” of various outrageous topics that KEEP MY ATTENTION…things like the possible explosion of Yellow Stone Park, etc. What ever the topic is not important, but find something that really keeps your attention. Aliens? Go for it.,Conspiracy Theories (there are a whole bunch of them !!!).
Or, have a stack of books you like. OR, turn on your computer and find your favorite Political Porn site and enjoy the nonsense.
The point is, YOUR LIFE is the most important thing so use ANYTHING out there in the world that can lessen the pain.
I have found that it brings the morning agony down from 100% (if I stay in bed) to around 40-50% Agony if I get up. I’ll take it. And remember, you are not alone.
The part about being in bed, waking up, knowing you can go back to sleep, then reality hits and you really do have to get up- that’s me! Not even a bomb can blow me out of bed so how do you get out of bed?
It’s great you’ve found something that works for you.
Thank you Fred for sharing what you’re going through. You’re not alone. Hope my techniques and special recordings will help you reduce the depression.
This article is really helpful, amazing to know there are others that suffer the same thing. Fighting your brain every day is so tiring! The only way I find to get past it in the mornings is to try to push through it by reminding myself how much people at home and work are relying on me. Doing some regular exercise does help me too.
Hannah, there’s not need to fight with your brain. Accept you’re dealing with depression in the morning and look for relaxing solutions to help you ease on that.
Thank you for this article. Almost every day that I wake up I fall into a limbo between my dreams and reality. When they feed in to each other so badly that you have panic attacks on an almost daily basis, and it hurts everyone around you because you can’t hardly hold down a job. You are either late for or completely miss work with this as an excuse “I was just really sad this morning. The thought of getting out of bed brought me (a 23 year old man) to tears in the foetal position.” doesn’t really fly with employers. The fear gets so out of hand on some days that I have thrown my wife off of my bed because she was trying to wake me up. I would wake up later with no recollection and she said I went from crying to being furious. I cannot stress the amount of fear that my brain creates over nothing critical. This is more than not liking a job or not looking forward to seeing a certain person that day, this has been a problem that has plagued me for over 10 years. After this problems goes on long enough, night gets to be an issue as well. You know what the next morning entails and it makes you feel defeated before you even start. You are supposed to be an adult and you can’t even wake up to an alarm clock to go to work. My problems more than likely all start with this one issue, but they have branched out to affect my days as well. So hopefully these solutions will help this, and in turn help my overall mental health.
I look forward to trying out some of these techniques because anything is worth a shot. I am happy with my life for the most part. A loving wife, job I enjoy, a dog. This has been such a lasting issue with me that it sabotages me when I’m okay with my reality. What it does is force my dreams to be more vivid, so when I’m in that limbo stage every morning the level of difficulty stays the same. I hope that I will have some success with this. Any bit easier my mornings can get, the better. I’m tired of this
I am experiencing the same problem as you and I’m now 26. I tried antidepressants and they didn’t help. So now I’m going to try some of these techniques, including yoga (or some other enjoyed form of exercise) first thing in the morning. I think I’m going to add another element to my regime, after my yoga in the mornings, by listing some good things about my life. And I’m going to set myself a certain time each night to go to sleep. I have a problem staying up all night because I delude myself into thinking that if I stay up longer then next day stays away longer…
Good thinking. Let us know how the yoga works for you.
>> I delude myself into thinking that if I stay up longer then next day stays away longer.
Also a depression symptom…
Thank you for sharing this. Seems like you’re suffering from anxiety, in addition the the morning depression, so I’d also look into relaxation and breathing methods.
Hope the techniques detailed above will help you feel better.
It’s definitely reassuring knowing I’m not the only one who has the same struggle, did you happen to find anything that worked for you?
This is not a light thing. It is serious. Sounds like depression. Need a good therapist and maybe medication might help
Well … this doesn’t help much … but there are very many like you. Depression/anxiety has became the plague of the modern generation, although we have so much compared to other generations and cultures.
Hi! Many many thanks to the writer of this article. I stumbled upon this accidentally while trying to search for the cause of rut like situation after a very long time of careful and mentally tiring introspection and self patterns’ observations. I started observing a lack of clarity in my thinking, lack of focus and confidence, inability to fall asleep after long hours of going to bed, inability to get out of my own head who just refuses to self-talking about anything even if it is irrelevant to current phase of my life, long hours (at least 9h+) of desire to unrefreshing sleep and still feeling unrefreshed and fuzzy (not the kind when you feel after occasionally oversleeping otherwise). My experience so far matches exactly to what you just described here to the most accurate details I never imagined I would ever find described anywhere, as if it was solely written after interviewing me. This fact itself has given me so much of confidence that I have found a solution to once considered to be undiagnosed problem which I probably used to even deny existed. I can’t imagine how this thing has taken away a few golden years from me. I missed more than 30% of my working hours (a rough, probably underestimated guess), was labeled with under performer’s rating, started getting considered unreliable to take up new tasks, in contrast to me being the one who once used to be most looked for for every solution in the area of my expertise. I hope of getting back to real me . I need some help in a few more areas of my life: I feel very difficult to give up an old and make a new habit even after fully acknowledging the pros/cons them (lack of will power may be, my mind resists change although I tend to go beyond my limits when it comes to help someone else, could never understand why?), I’m a chronically serious procrastinator, have a tendency to fear about the failure before starting certain things (probably when I seriously don’t want to loose), posses many interests but seldom pursue anything for any significant time (probably all the three are related). My mind does a lot of introspection and I have invariably concluded most of the times (when I don’t feel foggy) that I can unleash my full potential if I somehow could find a way to overcome these things. I can discus at any length about many things but would like to say thanks again to the writer of this post. Waiting to get your feedback and further help.
I’m 70 and this is the story of my life. Better now that I’m retired as I wait until 11am before doing anything much. I find it interesting that it always went away when I was pregnant. I believe that was because I didn’t have to figure out a purpose for living (?)
Emily, you just gave me so much insight! I’m 44, I have five children. Every pregnancy I felt more grounded and happy. Likewise, the baby/toddler years, with all the delicious nursing and nurturing, snuggles and selfless duty, gave me such purpose and meaning (as well as keeping me very very busy!). Now that my youngest is in 3rd grade I wake up so empty every day. I don’t work and I could be doing all manner or art projects, yoga, school, anything. But it feels empty when it’s for or about *me*. I believe you are astute to observe that it is hard for some of us to justify the purpose of our lives outside of the roles we play. It’s a fundamental lack of self-worth. But we have value beyond the roles! We are as important as our children. All of Life is God. The key is changing our thoughts.
I’m just joining without reading anything.
I am changing depression medicine and have just stopped taking the old medication after weeks of cutting down,I now feel worse than ever wanting to kill myself,how much longer will this last?
Oh my goodness. He is hard to watch.
Thank you for this
I’ve been waking up every morning disappointed that I’m still breathing, this horrible horrible sense of dread, that I sometimes receive ridicule for when I discuss it. I’m talking hours of suicide fantasies.
Later in the day, it’s almost like I never felt it to begin with and I feel so stupid for thinking the thoughts I had.
I’m glad this is something that’s recognized as… SOMETHING.
Once it’s tangible, it’s fixable.
Thank you Vortex Success. You are closer to the mark than most medicos and support people have been, as a sensation that I cannot find words for can completely consume my waking moments. THEY wake me. I don’t awake and then sense them. I’ve tested many times that it doesn’t happen if I awake for bathroom through the night but only on final waking. Words like black hole, drowning, utter morbidity, dread are somewhat the sensation however I can never exactly describe IT. Oh and it passes usually within about 2 hours and I can hardly recall the feeling till next morning.
Your article is on point as I’ve done the meds, therapists, yet I am a long experienced behaviour analyst and believe in reconditioning the brain. And I try. By the way please note I am post menopausal female and I clearly remember this sensation beginning 3 years ago. One good Dr says hormones (or depletion of) and I somewhat agree.
However in utter frustration 1 night about 3 months ago I said to my young son I’m doing something ridiculous tomorrow morning. I’m going to say the alphabet the very second I sense I’m waking and then find a category before I sleep and even as the sensation hits like a sledgehammer I’m going to drive my brain back to the alphabet and name for example a country in the world, or a colour, or a river, or a car or, or, or.
At first it was extremely hard battling the giant sensation but I forced myself to the next letter – and sometimes puzzled. Try this – what’s a river beginning with E???
I have now been doing it for about 10-11 weeks religiously even if the feelings happen.
And about only 2-3 weeks ago the feeling eased – only a little but my brain and feelings went alphabet first, sensation 2nd.
Here’s the newest issue – I thought I was a little better and eased off the alphabet theses past few nights and only did some mornings. NO!!! Today it returned. So I’m going back to the alphabet of my favourite topics – I find that my brain likes countries, cities, rivers so I’m going there tomorrow.
This sensation cannot swallow my life.
Vortex Success yes I agree the emotional brain must be required / redirected / reconditioned by the far more practical left brain or otherwise all those emotive, depleted emotions will consume us.
I love the thought of your subliminal messages too and will investigate further. I do rainforest type music however it’s not enough.
Thank you for your knowledge and understanding of a state that affects so many of us and everyone start your ABC’s. Cheers Yve..
I have experienced this often. My best solution is to get out of bed straight away. I usually lay there for 1-2 hours and reevaluaute my entire life from high school on.
The past is so painful. Try so hard to keep my mind out of the past and longing on a better future, but the world is set up by takers. I no longer want to play the game.
I promised myself that when i will find a solution for my morning deprestion problem i will publish it. in one word: Mirtazapine. take it. you will feel the different immediately. the tiredness and the strong appetite (side affects) will disappear in one week.
Is that otc or do you have to be prescribed?
Please don’t take any type of sleeping medication. Nitrazepam Valium all of that group are highly addictive . Short term ( 2 weeks max) if not sleeping: But used to stop fear this isn’t the way to help .
Talk to your Doctor ( if no friends or family , Try marching or walking fast every day . But please don’t touch that or any of the tablets : The result will be adaddictioni addiction abd this will make matters worse .
So does the music playing have those words in it somewhere? It sounds the same from beginning to end.
I have suffered depression on an off most of my life. Has cost me a livelihood and relationships. Now i am older is more common and recognisable. Because i have reached out so many times, and end up back here again, i am less likely to seek help. Is true that exercise etc. helps as with being with other people but when depressed, i simply cannot. Is the nature of depression. Currently i have morning depression. I say to myself, if i make it to midday, i will make it through the rest of the day.
Yoga and a powerful uplifting playlist. Locate the yoga playlist I use every morning at “Word of a Rebel” on Youtube. It’s the playlist called “Yoga”
Does anyone own a SAD lamp? If so what kind and has it been helpful. It does not matter if I’m on vacation, or off work, a weekend. The only time I find myself waking up and being okay is if nobody is in the home. Having a husband and two kids waking up to an empty house is not an option. If you struggle with this I highly suggest you get it under control before marriage and kids. It is not kind or fair to bring others you love into this waking up depression. I’m actually a pretty happy go lucky type person but waking up I hate the world, I hate life, I hate that I woke up and wonder why I have to do another day. After a few hours, I’m the person I know I’am on the inside. You sometimes wonder if you have split personalities. Weird and frustrating.
This article is really helpful for me. These are amazing tips. Specially i love the lines you mentioned at the end of the article. Thanks
I’d take depression. It’s the morning anxiety that is slowly killing me😔
Thank you Emily – you’ve absolutely hit the nail on the head for me. Its about a feeling of not having a purpose in life. My husband died 3 years ago after 50 years of marriage. We had a very close and good marriage and I took care of him in ill health in the last years. I now live alone but have lots of support from my family, and we support each other – though mainly they support me. Yet I still feel very dispensable. I know that I just have to go on and get on with life somehow, and go along with whatever fate has in store for me. I still feel happy sometimes and have plenty of activities which sometimes just take my mind off things and I sometimes enjoy (painting, gardening, reading etc.) But agree that the mornings are the worst time.
We all need to somehow value ourselves as individual human beings, and reach out to others when we can. When I feel happy, I try to be very conscious of the moment, and remember it for the times when I am down. Sometimes ‘activities’ don’t help and it simply isn’t within our power to make the mood go. We for just have to believe and know that the worse will pass.
Writing this has helped me feel better.