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 heaviness. You’ve been awake 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.
Many people live like this 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 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 morning depression.
Morning depression applies only to the hours following the moment you wake up. The depression fades away later on like it never existed.
People who usually cope with morning depression feel energetic with an elevated mood a few hours after waking up; they are inspired mainly in the evening and night time.
How Morning Depression Feels Like
Depression upon waking up is described by sufferers as deep sadness, a lack of desire starting the day, a lack of motivation, unexplained unhappiness, heaviness and a desire to sleep as much as possible.
They also say that when they wake up in the morning, their brains look for excuses as to why they should not get up.
These excuses, when remembered later on, do not make sense to the depression sufferers. When completely awake a few hours later, they regret that they did not wake up earlier; they also realize that staying asleep was sort of surrendering to the excuses their minds have created.
According to research, this phenomenon of morning depression is called Diurnal Mood Variation.
This phenomenon includes people who suffer from symptoms of depression during certain hours of the day, usually in the morning, while being emotionally balanced and stable later on.
What causes morning depression 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 Wake Up Depressed
Here are some scientifically probable explanations for waking up depressed. In my opinion, these “rational” causes are not satisfying; therefore, below them, I will provide my personal impressions of waking-up with depression.
According to studies, here are the common reasons people wake up with a sense of depression and sadness in the mornings:
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 drop. The reason for this is that you haven’t eaten anything during the night and your body’s alarm system goes off.
If you tend to eat plenty of refined carbs that cause a major drop in blood sugar levels, which leads to depression and anxiety. When foods of this kind are eaten at the night before, the negative effect of hypoglycemia is increased. The conclusion is to be mindful of your eating habits to significantly reduce your morning depression symptoms. Here you can find foods for the brain that reduce anxiety and depression. Read about the connection between your gut health and depression.
If your sleep is not stable and you suffer from sleep problems such as waking up in the middle of the night several times or having difficulty letting go of your scattered thoughts, it is definitely going to influence how depressed you are when waking up. Bad sleep can cause morning depression, grumpiness, anger, stress, and anxiety. A great (and surprising) solution for this issue is presented below.
Lack of desire to deal with your reality
We covered the common scientific reasons that might make you depressed upon waking up. However, after talking to many people who have morning depression (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.
Waking up in the morning is more than merely opening your eyes and starting the day. Waking up in the morning is a process of “who am I” and “where am I” questions.
The depression involved in waking up in the morning occurs because you are not happy about your life in certain areas; you are unsatisfied.
Therefore, opening your eyes and coming back to reality is difficult because all of the things you are not happy about are popping up rapidly all at once!
Your brain can barely function rationally and cannot address all of the fear that is emerging. It’s the fear of “how will I start off when I have all these problems?”
Morning depression while vacationing
Here is an interesting point that illustrates my view of morning depression – almost everyone I talked to who suffers from depression upon waking up gave the same reply to the question I asked.
The question was simple: “While on vacation, are you 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, all the trouble goes away, you feel so relaxed and at ease, so morning depression disappears.
The Solutions For Waking-Up Depressions
As mentioned above, better sleep can highly improve your mood the following morning. One of the best methods to handle it is listening to Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones. This is a sound therapy consisting 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 sleep faster and easier.
Don’t skip breakfast
When you finally force yourself to wake up and get out of bed, despite being depressed, it is extremely important that you don’t skip breakfast. Even if you’re not hungry, eat something small, to prevent hypoglycemia. Read here an elaborated list of foods that improve your mood.
Stretch your body right after you wake up
Stretching not only helps your body feel better by getting rid of the fatigue you experience, but it 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 light box is used in “light therapy.” The light mimics sunlight, which elevates your mood instantly.
Wake up earlier
Set your alarm to an early hour so that you will not start your day in a rush and stress. It might be difficult at first, but it takes only 30 days to form a habit. After a short while, believe it or not, waking up early will become part of your routine.
Start your day by doing something that makes you feel good
This relates to the previous advice. 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 early.
A while ago, when I experienced depression upon waking, I developed a new habit – I biked to the lake every day and wrote. I wrote about everything. People don’t even know how therapeutic writing can be. Every time I wrote, I felt centered and balanced. Writing focused my thoughts and gave me clarity about many things. It also greatly caused my morning depression to disappear.
This is a wonderful method that will work for you for the long run with your morning depression. However, it requires daily practice.
Self-dialog is having a conversation with yourself. First, it keeps you awake and prevents you from falling asleep right away.
Second, it helps prevent you from falling into an automatic depression; instead, it helps you analyze your depression and gradually reduce it before you start your day.
What can you say to yourself when you wake up and all you want to do is avoid 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. I realize that it can be scary and a bit stressful, but all is well. I can take care of everything. I’m on top of things and later on, I will feel much better. However, I will not get better if I surrender to my excuses and ignore life. I should just face it and trust myself that I’m going to manage everything the right way. All is well.”
Waking up with depression does not have to be part of your life. It can be dealt with pretty easily, especially if your depression is gone later on.
Choose the techniques that resonate with you the most and start applying them. It is going to be weird and unnatural at first because your mind is not used to feeling happy and lucid in the mornings, but practicing these methods consistently is the key.
The Ultimate Solution For 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 wake up in the morning,” you will reject it right away because this kind of statement is the complete opposite of your built-in thought patterns.
However, when you don’t hear this suggestion, you will not have the option to resist it; in other words, the suggestion will stop your morning depression.
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 time stronger than your consciousness!
Now imagine that before and while you sleep you will be exposed to tens of thousands of repeated hidden affirmations about stopping 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.
Put An End To Your Morning Depression
Imagine how it would feel to wake up in the morning full of energy, vitality and exhilaration; with a sense of bursting liveliness and a great start to your day. Imagine what your morning would look like free of depression. It would turn around your whole day! Once you start your with happiness and joy, your whole day will feel this way.
No more fear of dealing with reality and daily routines. No more lack of motivation to get out of bed. No more waking up depressed. From now on, all of this can change for you because you will create new and healthy conditioning!
You will raise your energy vibration and change the way you perceive your life. The world will cease to be threatening and will become a safe place for you. Your lack of energy will be replaced with excitement because you will then possess positive and empowering patterns.
This is your time to say goodbye to morning depression and to open your eyes with a genuine smile that comes from within.
How To Use This Tool For Morning Depression
1. Listen day and night.
2. Allow the recording to play in the background at a comfort volume so it will not wake you up when sleeping or distract you from your regular tasks when awake.
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.