tress and anxiety can begin in lots of places. Some of us have a habit of unhelpful, stress-creating thoughts. Others feel the anxiety start in their bodies, perhaps in a racing heart, in tense muscles, or in difficulty breathing. Still others first notice it as an emotional state like fear.
When the alarm goes off that brilliant plan seems absolutely ludicrous. The idea of getting up, getting dressed, driving, working out, showering, changing for work, and driving some more…it’s just too daunting. You hit snooze and go back to bed.
It was not even a week after the break up of my first grown up relationship. I was in my twenties and we had been together a lifetime. (That’s five years in twenty-year-old speak.) I was crying as I talked with my dad about how difficult the mornings were for me. He said, “it’s like you wake up and before you are even completely conscious, you are already aware of the weight crouching on your chest.”
Most of us are busy. It’s hard to make time for something as amorphous as “mental health”. (Optimal mental health saves lots and lots of time. The investment on the front end saves time on the backend.)