Month: February 2017


Waking Up In Pain


me in morningWaking up each and every day is a blessing, but for some of us it can feel more like a curse. I fully acknowledge that waking up is awesome and I wouldn’t want the opposite to happen; to never wake up again. It’s just that getting out of the bed is one of the most difficult tasks for someone who is in pain.

In the morning, I feel like a zombie who desperately wants to feel like a human again. I lay in bed for an extra 20 minutes or so, half awake. Being wrapped in the sheet feels somewhat comforting. Eventually, I muster up the courage to drag myself out of the bed, feeling 50 lbs heavier. My body is like a block of lead in the morning except for my skin. It feels fragile and delicate. The air from the fan and air conditioner slam into my skin, causing me to feel irritable and uncomfortable. I quickly turn the fan off, wishing the AC would turn off with it.

In this lowly state, I proceed to lumber into the bathroom where I hurry to relieve myself. Do I wash my hands? No way. No time for niceties and unnecessary tasks. The only thing on my mind is getting some sort of pain relief.

rough morning

Img Cred: Andrew Dickman

 

Relief is Near

I make my way back to my room to get ready for the day. First on my agenda, pain relief. This is where I’ve made the most progress in my life. Pain relief used to be a love hate relationship with opiates. I loved that they were good at managing my pain, but hated the side effects.

The side effects were terrible so I’ll spare you of the details. You can learn more about the side effects here. That’s the worst part about them, and the dependency issues. You become tolerant fast and dependent even faster. It’s a nasty game which is why I’m glad to have graduated to natural forms of relief.

After using a combination of natural creams and oils, I’m feeling pretty groovy. The pain has subsided completely or to a manageable level. Life can go on as usual. It’s the first 15 minutes of every day that presents the biggest challenge. You never get used to it and feel the resistance to getting your day started every time you wake up but eventually you will build the mental muscle to consistently push through the morning pains.

What Helps Me

i made itIt always helps to get out of bed as soon as I wake up. The longer I lay in the bed, the more momentum I build towards laying in there all day, which can happen. It used to happen a lot, but I’ve gotten past that phase. I think I was depressed or something. If you wake up 15 minutes or even 30 minutes before your alarm, get up.

If you go back to sleep, you’ll feel groggier when your alarm goes off. You can spend the extra 15 minutes reading a good book or watching TV. If you remember anything from this post, remember to get your butt out of the bed as soon as you wake up. Get your body in motion and proceed to conquer every obstacle in your way and have an awesome day.