The Morning Boost: Unveiling the Benefits of Therapy in the A.M.

Scheduling early morning counseling has built-in benefits. Our circadian rhythms and ability to focus after a good night’s sleep can lead us to give ourselves the undivided attention to self-care that we truly deserve. Morning routines benefit from the body’s naturally occurring cortisol levels, which peak around 7am to 9 am – and may get an extra boost from your morning coffee. 

Morning therapy may be especially helpful for those with anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias, according to a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Researchers from Southern Methodist University found that people who participated in exposure therapy to address their fears early in the morning – when cortisol levels were highest – reported less severe symptoms and a greater sense of control over their feelings of panic after their morning sessions.

In the pursuit of a balanced and fulfilling life, therapy has become an increasingly recognized avenue for personal growth and emotional well-being. While therapy sessions are typically scheduled at various times throughout the day, there is a compelling case to be made for embracing the morning as an optimal time for therapeutic exploration. We will delve into the benefits of engaging in therapy in the morning and how it can set a positive tone for the rest of your day.

A Fresh Start to the Day

Therapy in the morning offers a unique opportunity to begin your day with a fresh and open mindset. It allows you to shed the weight of previous days' experiences and approach your therapy session with a sense of curiosity and receptiveness. By prioritizing therapy in the morning, you establish a positive intention for personal growth, setting the stage for a day filled with self-reflection and emotional well-being.

Heightened Emotional Awareness

Engaging in therapy in the morning enables you to tap into your emotions and thoughts when your mind is relatively clear and unburdened. As the day progresses, responsibilities, stressors, and distractions can accumulate, making it more challenging to stay attuned to your feelings. By dedicating time to therapy in the morning, you give yourself the space to explore emotions, process experiences, and gain valuable insights before the demands of the day take hold.

Improved Mental Clarity and Focus

The morning often presents an ideal environment for mental clarity and focus. After a good night's sleep, our minds are refreshed and better equipped to engage in self-reflection and introspection. By scheduling therapy in the morning, you can harness this heightened mental clarity to dive deeper into the topics discussed, engage in meaningful dialogue, and develop actionable strategies to address challenges and goals.

Energizing and Motivating Start

Therapy sessions can be emotionally intensive, and participating in them in the morning can provide a motivating boost for the day ahead. Engaging in introspective discussions, gaining insights, and receiving support from your therapist can help you feel empowered and encouraged to tackle any obstacles that may arise throughout the day. This sense of empowerment can foster a positive mindset, leading to increased productivity and overall well-being.

Integration into Daily Life

By scheduling therapy in the morning, you allow ample time for the insights gained and strategies discussed to integrate into your daily life. You have the opportunity to reflect on the session's outcomes, implement recommended practices, and apply newfound perspectives and coping mechanisms throughout the day. This integration promotes a sense of continuity between your therapy sessions and your everyday experiences, enabling you to actively work on personal growth and well-being on an ongoing basis.

Therapy is a transformative journey that can bring immense benefits to our lives. By choosing to engage in therapy in the morning, you create a space for self-reflection, emotional awareness, mental clarity, and empowerment right at the start of your day. Embracing therapy in the morning sets the tone for a more fulfilling and balanced life, as you proactively invest in your emotional well-being and personal growth. So, consider incorporating morning therapy sessions into your routine and experience the positive impact they can have on your overall well-being.

I offer sessions at Lifeologie Oak Cliff starting at 6am. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

About Katie Smelko

Katie Smelko, LPC, BSW, MA, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Texas Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. She specializes in trauma, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders, and also works with those experiencing grief, transitions, stress management, codependency, boundary setting, and LGBTQ+ issues. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and also integrates Motivational Interviewing, psychodynamic approaches, and faith-based incorporations into her counseling. She is accepting new appointments for adults and adolescents and is supervised by Amera Sergie, LPC-S at Lifeologie Counseling Oak Cliff.

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