To me the thing that's so overwhelming about GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) is that it is so constant.
It can be a 24/7 feeling whether you're at work, or at play, weekday, weekend, day or night, with friends of colleagues. So the stress
is unrelenting. I find that exhausting as it can affect every aspect of one's life.
I sense that I've been having a bad episode of seasonal GAD due to the winter darkness.
This morning I fully prepared myself to greet the day, and it seemed to pay off big time.
I got up half an hour early so that I could sit in front of a lightbox. I put the lightbox over my laptop so that it's easy
for me to get half hour in front of the box/laptop. This is a very important component for me.
2. AEROBIC EXERCISE
I did 25 jumping jacks, then 25 running in place. I repeat that cycle a couple times in the morning. Never before
have I made exercise such an essential part of my anti-anxiety morning routine, and I feel a difference. When I got into
work (I'm the first one there) I also did 25 jumping jacks!
I did my buddhist chanting to have a peaceful, enjoyable day. A day where I felt fully myself and confident/normal.
I am Nichiren Buddhist and I chant "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo."
I chant to bring out my "buddha nature" which is me at
my most enlightened and happiest state. My affirmation is: "Bring my buddha nature to work." I LOVE this slogan.
4. VITAMIN D3
I've been taking vitamin d3 which helps to offset anxiety triggered by the winter season.
5. KEEPING A MOOD JOURNAL
I jotted some notes on how I felt during the day. I find it very helpful to journal my moods so that I can chart my good days and my hard days.
I can track what works and what doesn't. The triggers for anxiety but also the triggers for relaxation!
"Am having a great morning. I slept well last night, no insomnia. I had fun making breakfast: bacon, eggs, real coffee. I had no anxiety on the bus
to work. Things seemed very normal and doable. I was thinking about my goals. Want to enter my novel in the Amazon contest this Sunday! I had a nice lunch today at Aubon Pain and had a chicken and avocado sandwich on french bread. At work I had some minor stresses but mostly things went well. Coming home from work was also enjoyable."
So that's what I do in the morning to pave the way to an enjoyable, relaxing, exciting day.
I definitely will strive to have more days like this till it becomes my natural 24/7 state.