My anxiety cycle

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   Posted 8/22/2017 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Since my symptoms of anxiety/panic/depression have pretty much settled in now, I'm seeing a significant pattern of how my days are being played out. It's actually scary how each stage of the day relates to the last.

So here it is:
6am: Wake up on a morning with throbbing heart, followed by needing the toilet about 30 minutes after, appetite gone. (No depressive thoughts)
9am: Anxiety attacks start, ranging in varied severity. Some just gut feelings, others full on dispair
12am: Attacks wear off, sadness kicks in, feels like depression
3/4pm: Depending on severity of attack, sadness wears off slightly. Very tired
6pm: Sadness continues to wear off, enormous sense of relief and normality returns. (even better if doing social activity)
8pm: Appetite returns, can relax more
10/11/12pm: Bedtime, still quite relaxed but worried about next day.

So Im guessing the best cure is prevention, and I want to prevent morning anxiety. The few days I was ok, I genuinely felt that my illness had gone the night before. Does anyone here suffer with morning anxiety symptoms and have you noticed it being less severe by any conscious actions you have taken?

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   Posted 8/22/2017 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I could of wrote this, it is how my anxiety works also. It miserable and night time is great I feel relaxed and make plans for the next day. But the next day comes and the social plans don't happen. I love the night time, and mornings I dread.

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   Posted 8/22/2017 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Im glad someone can relate. Do you have any days where you dont wake up anxious?

Ive had 3/4 days this month where the anxiety wasnt there on the morning, resulting in perfect days. I genuinely believed I was getting better. Im worried im sinking into a permanent cycle now. Im neither happy at home or at work, so im going to work.

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   Posted 8/22/2017 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been this way on and off for 15 years, sometimes its fine but I never know. Its the main reason I cannot work outside my home, I never know how it will affect me.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/22/2017 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Ugh...that Cortisol! It is often responsible for morning anxiety. Did I explain this in another one of your posts? (I don't want to be a broken record...but it may have been another member) If you'd like to know more about this, then just let me know.

Regardless of the source of the morning anxiety...coping skills will help. Even if you have to get up a few minutes early...practicing deep breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation, or doing some meditations even before getting out of bed can make a big difference for the tone of your whole day.

With encouragement!


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 8/22/2017 11:03:12 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/23/2017 1:50 AM (GMT -7)   
When I go through cycles of depression & anxiety, I noticed that the anxiety is also worse in the morning. For me, it is related to my depression. I am terrified to "face the day." This is not rational but I just want to put the covers over my head until it goes away. Of course, that never works. I find it helps to tell myself "you are going to throw these covers off, feed the pets and make tea and oatmeal." Taking any kind of "action" helps most of the time but I know it is not that simple. Hope this cycle eases up and you feel better soon.

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   Posted 8/23/2017 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Apologies for mentioning this before!

Well as usual I woke up this morning with the same anxiety. Well infact it was starting to come on as I went to sleep last night. woke up 3/4 times with the nervous feeling.

And yes Im a throw the covers off kinda guy, this morning I went straight to the gym and destroyed myself on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Ive had a better morning but can feel some depression sinking back in. Plus im extremely tired.

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   Posted 8/23/2017 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey ox,

Yeah I actually usually feel moderately okay in the mornings. I guess it's the fact I gotta get up and go to work lol. Though when I was first panicked, I would wake up heart racing. Now my heart rate is down but I still wake up a lot earlier and off and on during the night. its getting better though. Mainly my concern is with late afternoons. Im not sure what it is. Maybe it's because my body is tired and ready for relaxation. I'm off today so I'm gonna take this time to get some stuff done and try to work out.

Good luck!
"tune, like, the music!"

generalized anxiety/depression, ocd compulsive thoughts, asthma/allergies, weird headaches

suffering other aliments, trying to find the right solutions!

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   Posted 8/24/2017 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting to hear your symptoms tune. My afternoons are a combination of relief that the anxiety waves have stopped but also very tired. A month ago before I had any of these problems I would have a nap in the afternoon as I've never slept well on a night. Impossible to do that now as I feel panic building up whenever I go to sleep during the day!

On another note, I tried swimming this morning. It's been equally as beneficial to my mind as the running was. I found that while I was swimming I felt completely normal. Would definitely recommend this if you get up early!
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