8 Ways to Improve Mornings with Chronic Pain
Mornings can be a challenge for anyone with chronic pain. Many healthy adults can experience some stiffness just after waking, but for them it usually disappears after some movement and a warm shower. This isn't always the case for those with chronic pain, as mornings can be debilitating. Morning pain can even delay the start of the day by hours while waiting for medications and gentle stretches to make movement bearable. But there are ways to improve your morning! Read on to find out how.
1. Prepare the Night Before
This old trick is useful for anyone's morning, but having everything prepped beforehand saves time and helps you avoid feeling like you have to make yourself uncomfortable by rushing. Set an early alarm for taking medication, allowing you to go back to sleep while it begins to work; keep necessary food, drinks, and medications on a nightstand or table reachable from your bed; prep lunches the night before; lay out clothes and other necessities for the day early.
2. Start Early and Take Slow Steps
Rushing through your morning routine is only going to increase your discomfort. Head to bed early, set an early alarm, and give yourself enough time to start your day off in the most effective, comfortable way for you.
3. Morning Relaxation
This goes with our previous tip, but give yourself time in the morning to do something relaxing! Read, listen to music, drink an extra cup of tea or coffee -- do whatever helps you get into a positive mental state and prepares you for the day.
4. Establish Morning Care Routine
Knowing your body and the way pain affects each muscle and joint can help you pattern your morning routine to avoid the worst of it. Stick to a predetermined schedule of gentle exercise, heat, icing, showering, and medications to deal with the pain in the most effective ways and according to the most effective timetable for your body.
5. Stretching and Exercises
It's possible to get movement even in your bed. Some gentle morning yoga or light activation exercises will help you increase circulation to the joints and muscles, reducing stiffness and improving mobility.
6. Don't Neglect Your Feet
Our feet bear our weight more than we realize. Get a soft mat for the floor next to your bed, and some thick, padded slippers for moving through the house. Stepping on cold or hard surfaces when you get out of bed can exacerbate leg or knee pain.
7. Involve Your Loved Ones
Whether you live with a partner, children, or other family members or roommates, asking for help is a great way to help them understand your condition and physical needs. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Let your loved ones know how they can make your morning easier.
8. Use Mountain Ice
We developed Mountain Ice because we wanted to provide people with a source for fast, effective topical pain relief. Mountain Ice can help relieve your morning aches and pain quickly by penetrating deep into your joints and reducing swelling, giving you valuable temporary relief while working through your morning stiffness. It also has numerous properties that improve circulation, and that increased blood flow can help you be at your best much sooner in the morning.