Schools back – all parents out there, breathe a sigh of relief! Only joking…. 🙂
On a serious note though, it is that time of year again where schools go back, and children everywhere feel sick and nervous with first day anxiety.(✓
Of course, it’s not just exclusive to children is it….. us adults are great at panicking on a Sunday, about going back to work in the morning. And I don’t know about you, but I can still remember feeling nervous as hell when the summer holidays ended. Monday morning syndrome affects I would say, pretty much all of us?
So – if you have ever found yourself thinking ‘oh god, I am not going to sleep tonight’ then here is how to handle that anxiety.
✓ Accept that it’s normal and that we all have it.
The first thing to do is to look around and see just how many people you know who dread Monday mornings, or the first day back after the holidays. Pretty normal isn’t it? Make friends with your anxiety, welcome it, know that it is going to visit you and this takes away the fear that surrounds it.
This in itself, can ease your anxiety, and in the next step I will show you how to then move through it.
✓ Break it down and get to the root cause of it.
Have a chat with yourself and ask yourself – just what it is that you are really worrying about? It could be a certain person (bullying for example), or it could be a social situation. Maybe if you have generalised anxiety, it’s the sheer thought of wondering whether you can get up on time and out in the morning.
By breaking it down and working out what is really going on for you, you can take steps to work on things. Such as report a bully, set time aside before work in the morning to do an anxiety busting exercise.
✓ Arm yourself with an anxiety busting exercise.
Such as this one – if you find yourself unable to sleep the night before, or are panicking in the morning, close your eyes, take a deep breath and release it, and whatever it is that you are thinking about, hold it in your minds eye for a moment… and then just turn it black and white and make it as small as you can possibly make it…
Then poof…. watch it disappear into a puff of smoke, open your eyes, and carry on getting ready, or whatever it was that you were doing.
Know that you can repeat this as many times as you need to….. take it one moment at a time, be gentle on yourself, and know that you can and you will get through it.
I hope that this advice has been of some help to you – and as always if you want to talk to me about your anxiety – or anything fear or phobia related – why not book a free clarity call with me?
Until the next time, have a great week,