These Simple Morning Rituals Can Make A Day With Chronic Pain A Little Easier

28440067 - toothbrush and alarm clockMornings can be tough for a lot of reasons. Kids can make mornings tough. Chronic pain can make mornings tough. General tiredness and lack of sleep the night before can make mornings tough. Fortunately, there are ways you can power through your mornings to be more productive and start off with an enjoyable day. This is even true for those of us who are suffering from chronic pain and find mornings incredibly difficult.

It’s totally understandable to hate the mornings when you’re living with chronic pain. You can wake up completely unrested and feeling worse than the night before. It can be overwhelming to have to get your kiddos off to school right away and make sure everyone is ready to go for the day. Mornings are hectic for everyone. But they don’t have to be totally insane. And, believe it or not, there are some simple habits you can get into in your mornings that can make them a little less difficult.

Work these morning rituals into your daily routine for a happier, more successful morning.

Plan out your morning the night before.
You can’t always predict how ever morning will go. However, you can map out the things you absolutely have to get done the next day. Plan out exactly what needs to happen tomorrow morning.

You can simply jot down a few things you need to do during the a.m. on a sticky note. Or, if you’re really feeling up to the challenge, you can have a to-do list or journal it out. Knowing what needs to be done will make it easier to be productive the following day.

Make breakfast a priority.
We all know that eating a healthy, full breakfast can help our bodies in a variety of positive ways. But how many of us still make breakfast one of the least important matters of our day?

It’s so easy to wake up late and shove a Pop-Tart in your kids’ hands as they run out the door to catch the bus. But it’s good practice for you and your family to start the day off right with nutrition. A healthy breakfast is also important for anyone who has chronic pain.

Wake up at the same time every morning no matter what.
We all have a natural clock inside of us that wakes us up automatically. However, if you’re waking up at different times every single day, that natural clock gets confused.

Set your alarm for the same time every morning. This will be a struggle at first, but you’ll gradually find yourself waking up easier and easier most days. Also, make sure to wake up early enough to get all of your priorities done in a timely manner.

Take some time to exercise, even if that’s just taking a walk down the driveway.
Exercise is a critical part of chronic pain. It’s very important to keep our bodies moving, even when we don’t want to. Simple exercises, such as small walks or yoga, can do a lot to help out our bodies.

When you add exercise to your morning, you will be able to start the day off on a positive and healthy note. You’ll feel so accomplished as you go into the rest of your day.

Take a moment for some peace and quiet.
After your kids head out to school, definitely take some time to appreciate the peace and quiet of the mornings. You can pour yourself some tea and relax. This is also a great thing to do if you have chronic pain.

If you’re really feeling exhausted, this would also be a great time for a little nap. Because we know that we all need one of those every now and then.

Living with chronic pain comes with a variety of challenges. But our mornings don’t necessarily need to be on that list of challenges. Consider taking these morning habits into your life. We hope it will help ease some of the discomfort that comes with your mornings.


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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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