The Eddie Vedder Advice To Calm Your Anxious Mind (For When You Wake Up On 11)

Justin Zack
1 min readJan 26, 2024
Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash

I woke up this morning with Bubble Brain

Thoughts boiling to the surface.

Pop. Pop. Pop.

  • “When is the coffee gonna to be done?”
  • “OMG, I got terrible sleep last night.”
  • “I should be writing by now.”
  • “Did the dog just bark?”
  • “Let’s stretch.”

I bounced from 1 thing to the next like Tigger.

Woo hoo hoo hoo!

It happens to me at 5AM every morning. And if I don’t shut it down, I will bounce right through lunch and get zilch done. Bubble Brain is a dirt bag.

I took 3 deeeeeep breaths.

Closed my eyes.

Then 3 more breaths. In through the nose. Out through the mouth.

And slowly I settled down into a more meditative morning state.

It’s crazy how an influx of oxygen calms the nerves.

It seems obvious, “Remember to breathe — dummy.”

But like most obvious things, their simplicity is easy to ignore.

So, the lesson?

Slow down.

If you’re anxious, hurried, scattered, smothered, or covered…then take a lesson from the greatest band known to man (at least while I was in college) Pearl Jam, and….




Justin Zack

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