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A Change in Routine?

I’ve spoken in the past about how spontaneity was a result of my RA. Before this autoimmune reared its ugly head I was a planner. I planned everything in advance, including my entire life.

That all went away after my diagnosis because I couldn’t know what the day would bring symptom-wise.

The importance of routine

All that being said, while I can’t necessarily plan for the day, routines are my rheumatoid arthritis’ best friend. My body and mind are used to routine. Unremarkable, familiar movements, processes and activities are low impact and don’t necessarily strain my joints. Happy joints mean I am managing my disease, so I like routine.

Considering changing my routine

My morning routine is especially important because it sets me up for the day. You know when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed it seems EVERYTHING goes wrong up until you go to sleep that night? No? Just ask Alexander.

Well, if I start out easy, gently and protectively, I set my body up for success all day.

That is a very long-winded way of saying, I am thinking of changing my morning routine. GASP. Based on what I just said, isn’t that blasphemy??

Well, yes. And I’ll be honest. I am nervous to try.

My current morning routine

My morning routine basically consists of waking up, checking my three geriatric pets are still alive then taking Mocha and Affie for their first pee. I snooze for a bit, wake up for real, eat, medicate, feed the pets then take them for their AM walk.

The trouble with my current routine

This morning nap really messes me up so how do I stop? By changing my routine. Sounds good, Monica; change the habit and change yourself.

Here’s the nerve-wracking part. In order to wake up fully, I want to walk the dogs first thing in the morning. Once I get moving, I won’t want to go back to sleep. However, that means I’ll walk before I medicate!

Being active without medication

Yes, you read that right. I want to exercise sans pills. The reason I walk the dogs mid-morning is to give my meds enough to kick in. I am cautious in the morning because I don’t know how my body feels and I don’t want to accidentally over-exert.

This new change is the complete opposite of what I usually do.

Trying this new routine

I started this new routine a few days ago and it hasn’t been too bad. I think oiling the joints outweighs the potential pain. I actually feel a bit more fatigued (like I didn’t sleep properly) but I don’t feel otherwise symptomatic. And, I didn’t realize how much more time I had by a) waking up earlier and b) not breaking up the day with a walk.

Seeing how things will progress

I wonder if temperature is going to affect me in the coming months. I am especially sensitive to cold and I wonder if I can actually walk once winter is in full swing. It may prove that in fact, I cannot walk prior my morning meds.

Only time will tell!

Have you changed your routine recently? Did it help or did you have to go back to what you were doing? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments

  • Mary Sophia Hawks moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi Monica! I’m impressed that you can walk unmedicated.
    My routine is bathroom first. My water is there, so after the toilet and handwashing, the meds are next. Then I let the dogs out, feed them, start the obligatory coffee, let the dogs out again if needed. After that, I make food, get dressed and head to work.
    While at work, I walk in the building about once an hour. Due to back issues, I cannot walk longer than 5 minutes.
    I have tried starting my routine without meds, and I had an epic fail! I forgot to take my meds at all. You can guess how that day was.
    I wish you the best on your change!
    Mary Sophia

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