Are mornings a challenge for you? If so, you're not alone. I've got several tips that may make your morning routine easier, and I've also included helpful suggestions for the rest of your day...
Morning Routine Tips
The most important thing you can do to make mornings easier is to start slow, and ease into your day.
Build soul-nourishing coziness into your morning routine, and pace yourself. You're likely to find that a slow morning routine works best.
If you're like other spoonies, you may find that the simple process of getting ready for the day - taking a shower or a bath, washing your hair, and getting dressed, uses up too many spoons and leaves you feeling exhausted.
If so, take a lengthy pause before moving on to whatever's next in your day. Have a cup of tea, and relax for a while.
And do this - make the tea in advance, so all you have to do is pour.
Get a cozy to keep your teapot warm while you get ready. I have learned from experience that even the little things can be difficult, if you're already running out of spoons.
By the way, some spoonies feel better at night, so if you want to set up everything the night before (your clothes, the tea, etc.) that may make your mornings even easier.
For your pause break, you also could read a book or a magazine, cuddle with your loved ones, listen to soothing music or other activities that bring you pleasure, but also that won't demand any of your energy.
We all have the tendency, especially on a good day, to overdo it and then crash afterward. But if you can work out a sustainable equation of how many rest breaks (units of rest invested) you need to balance how many activities you do (spoons of energy expended) to prevent crashing, then you can begin to reclaim your day. This is sometimes referred to as pacing, or working within your ‘energy envelope’. Katarina Zulek, Mayv.co
Daily Routine Ideas
On the enlightenment path?
Wait until later in the day to meditate, do yoga poses, or even healing techniques if you re slow to come to life in the mornings. You're likely to find them both easier & more meaningful.
Another suggestion is to pause between all of your activities. Even if it's just to breathe, or stare at the trees blowing in the wind.
Create lots of cozy corners and spaces, so it's easier to stop where you are for a moment and take a break.
Evening Routine - find whatever you can, from the day, and express gratitude. As spoonies, our days can be painful, exhausting, and maybe even miserable.
So I totally understand how easy it is to focus more on the negative than the positive. But I know that what you focus on expands, because I have experienced it over and over again in my own spoonie life.
If you keep a journal, making a small gratitude list each evening could be very powerful. But also, acknowledge what didn't go well and try to let it go.
Imagine that each negative moment becomes the air that is filling a balloon and making it bigger. Then, visualize letting it go and watching it get farther and farther away, until you can't see it anymore.
Or, if it's easier, imagine a hot air balloon flying away as you let go of the day.