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.
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.
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 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 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 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
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.
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
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.