Morning Routines Might Not Be For Chronic Illness A Chronic Illness Blog
I love Time Ferris. Non repentant so far. Most of my heroes have fallen in the last year but that is another rant. I adore Tim Ferriss’ Podcast for when I hit a depression spiral. I find that I can get pretty motivated just listening to his guests. When I have night anxiety I read Tribe of Mentors. This has become a problem since I read it on my iPad and at 2 AM I can be convinced of just about any purchase leading to a few WTF amazon deliveries in upcoming days.
The point is I get it with morning routines. You know the idea discipline in empathy for your future self. This is where my optimism and bootstrap my way through disability and chronic illness kicks me in my ass. You know who can do routines? Like physical routines. Exercise and cleaning up? Healthy people. The ones who can reliably lower themselves on the ground AND get back up without dislocating or fainting. Wizards I am convinced this skill is wizardry. Yes, as my daughter roles her eyes, I did try MILD floor exercises and my day is pretty much now finished at 10:30. You- back in bed. Thank you Sabrina Teenage Witch for making this day go so much better.
I am not advocating fuck it. No structure, not advocating...tried it for 40 years but not advocating it. I am saying to loosen up the reins on the details of structure with 1 non negotiable. Mine happens to be teeth brushing. Has to happen the rest of the day bonus. Physical therapy in the AM? Yup on the list (try fabulous app to build habits) but I don’t have a list of specifics exercises. Can be anything from intense (for me) to stuck in bed so I will put hand weights next to me. Every time a new episode comes on do whatever movement doesn’t cause screaming.
Chronic illness is the ultimate in flexibility in a world telling you to crush it. I am beyond over the destructive own it, slay it, kill it metaphors but I do jam with the idea of self improvement.