It’s the start of a new day, endless possibilities await, and like most people, your probably hustling to get it together and get off to work. If your lucky, like I used to be, your work day starts bright and early, and ends after the sun goes down, exhausted, beaten, and braindead.
This routine can especially be hard for those suffering from chronic illness. My fibromyalgia left be soo debilitated that I couldn’t work for two years. However that’s now changed and I recently went back to work. Mornings are the hardest part of the day for me, as I’m sure it is for most, therefore I needed to come up with a plan to help me get going and overcome the pain and stiffness so that I can get to work on time.
My Morning Routine
** A little pre-routine side note: you can’t have a successful morning if you don’t get a good night’s rest. Since many people with chronic illness are awoken by pains and aches during the night, you might need some help on getting the rest your body soo desperately needs. I was prescribed muscle relaxers for muscle spasms associated with fibromyalgia. I take them at night on bad days and find they help me sleep through the night and I have less pain in the morning. This is something you can speak to your doctor about. Another tool I use that’s sure to get you to sleep is melatonin. I take 500mcg chewable pill an hour before I go to bed. I sleep like a baby every time. Melatonin does not need a prescription and can be bought in any pharmacy, vitamin store, and some supermarkets.
Ok now to my routine….
7am: Alarm goes off. I take a few deep breaths. Then as I inhale I stretch my arms over my head. As I exhale I bring my arms down to my sides. I do this a few times to get the blood flowing.
7:10am: Brush Teeth
7:15am: My lower back and hamstrings are usually very stiff so I do a few sun salutations (yoga). Foward bend exercises are great for pain in these areas. If you are not flexible you can bend your knees. Try to go deeper with each breath. Bring yourself up slowly so that you are not light headed.
7:30am: Warm Shower
7:45am: I like to let my hair air dry for a while before I blow it out so I spray it with “It’s a 10” ( check it out it is amazing) and let it sit. I also take this time to use my tens machine to get any knots out of my back. I leave it on for 25 minutes. I also do my make up at this time.
8:15am: Dry my hair/ get dressed.
8:30am: Morning Guided Meditation. You can find hundreds of guided meditation videos on YouTube. I love doing this right before I start my day. It clears my mind, reduces anxiety, and helps relax my body.
A few more helpful tips….
1. Try to prepare as much as you can the night before. This might be easier said than done, especially if you suffer from a chronic illness, but you will thank yourself in the morning.
2. Get a good night’s sleep. I cannot express this enough. If you are like me and suffer from a chronic illness, you may be awoken in the middle of the night by aches and pains. Speak to your doctor or get an OTC, all natural supplement such as melatonin.
3. Listen to your body! I listed what works for ME! But everyone’s different. Maybe the thought of yoga in the morning makes you cringe. That’s ok! Maybe all you can do is rest in bed until the pain meds and caffeine kick in. We all have good days and bad. Do what you can. If you need an extra five minutes, take it! We put so much unnecessary pressure on ourselves, sometimes we need to take a step back and redirect ourselves in order to do what’s best….and that’s ok!
I’ve had to change my morning routine so many times. Before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I would be up at 4am, in the gym by 5am, work from 8am-4pm, and college at night. After my symptoms started I had to drastically change my routine. Because of my fibromyalgia I can no longer work out like I used to and go go go all day, but that’s ok.
Now a days, even though I move at a slower pace, I leave the house feeling good. I found what helps me start the day! I would love to know what helps you start your day!
Till next post!!