How do I make myself want to get out of bed in the morning? Have depression/anxiety, struggle with breakfast, dread the day. Currently wake up at 7am, snooze alarm, read news/family messages, scramble around at 07:50 to leave at 08:10.

Aram O.
I leave coffee that I drink cold as soon as I wake up. It still takes me ten minutes to leave the bed afterwards, but it helps.

Sam C.
I can relate to this. What I helps for me is: take 10 minutes to do something absorbing and fun/that you enjoy when you first get up in the morning. It sounds silly but I started playing balance games on wii fit for 10 minutes every morning and it genuinely helps me want to get out of bed. It doesn't have to be that for you, that's just an example. I'm a night owl so I used to hit the snooze button a number of times before I would finally surface and then it would be a groggy scrabble to get up and out of the house in time, but once you've done the enjoyable thing instead of hitting snooze you're awake and dont want to go back to bed. I also found that if I focus on something intensely, it helps interrupt the anxiety spiral I get every morning when I wake and start thinking about the day ahead. Also, for me regular exercise really does help curb stress (though you don't have to do that in the morning, I do it in the evening). Hope this helps!

Pearl E.
I've also struggled with mental health and getting out of bed in the morning. There are two things that helped me. 1) get out of bed between 5-5.30am. 2) exercise. Getting up significantly earlier will be hard at first, but once you get into the groove you'll feel more alive, have more time to do things and you won't be rushing to get out the door. On the other hand, exercise is the single best cure for anxiety and depression. It will jump-start your day and it will let you sweat out your worries

Mental health conditions can be hard to deal with. But if we take small steps, we can overcome the toughest of obstacles.

Hash High N.
Try setting up a morning routine you look forward to doing, so basically plan your favorite thing first thing in the morning, this will make you excited to wake up! An early morning workout can also truly work wonders and help you feel energized and pumped for the day 🙂

Muireann F.
First thing I would say is definitely remove your phone from beside your bed. Using my phone while lying in bed in the morning was killing me. But I moved it to the other side of the room from the bed. I also got an NFC tag (these are cheap) and set up a morning alarm that can't be turned off until I swipe my phone against the tag, which I put in another room- this means I have to leave the bedroom to turn it off. Finally, I also found some songs that I find really make me feel good and I dance around to them to pat myself on the back for managing to get out of bed early (I listen to Lizzo, Destiny's Child, and stuff that's all about positivity and stuff) . I now associate getting up early with this great positive vibe. Best of luck! And don't give up – you deserve to feel good and positive about yourself every day. There is no one in the world that can offer what you can offer. Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to find a routine that can make the start of your day really positive.