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Don’t let your health get in the way

Right before I went to bed, I told myself I would go to the gym as soon as I woke up.

I woke up at 1pm after multiple alarm clocks. I slept in since it’s the long weekend and tried to catch up on the sleep I missed out from my eczema keeping me up at night.

As soon as I woke up, I knew I couldn’t just jump out of the bed and go to the gym. I had to first deal with my eczema. Dry, flaking, itchy and tight skin. Right off the bat, I didn’t want to go. It’s a lot of work just to get my skin feeling like it’s ready for my day to day activities. Showering helps a lot and so does the warm steam that fogs up my bathroom. I know, I am not supposed to be showering in warm/hot water but I can’t help it. Once I am done showering, I need to moisturize right away or my skin starts becoming dry and then you can feel the dryness. Sometimes I itch for a bit after showering before I am back to normal. Once my skin feels ready to take on the day, then only do I think about the rest of the things I need to do. Get ready, eat, pack for the gym, etc. To be honest, at this point, I’m already a little tired due to my pre-morning routine. I just want to go to bed at this point!

With this health condition or any health condition you may have, it can interfere with your day to day for most of your life.

Enjoy the process

Usually with eczema, other skin conditions, and health conditions, it requires a pre-morning routine and a post night routine. I hate it. I just want to jump out of bed, brush my teeth, shower, eat and go to work. I also just want to jump back into bed. But I can’t. I have to take care of my skin or it’s just going to get worse and affect other areas of my life.

What I’m trying to say is, maybe we need to enjoy the process that we do in order to care of ourselves before and after the day. Whenever I’m going out, my skincare routine consists of some sort of salt (Epsom, Himalayan or Dead Sea salt) bath for 20mins, quick shower, moisturize from head to toe, make sure no dead skins are visible, try to make my face appear less read, do my hair, you get the gist.

However, I only recently started to enjoy the process because the bath gave me some time to de-stress and relax. While I sit in the salt bath, I’m either reading something, watching something or listening to podcasts. Rather than making the routine around the health condition, I’m trying to reframe it in mind. This is my daily routine to start my day, so accept it and might as well enjoy it. Even if my eczema makes me feel tired or uncomfortable when I wake up, at least my routine is an enjoyable process.

The Game Plan 

If it takes you 15 minutes to moisturize from head to toe while trying not to itch or feel irritated, maybe watch some sports highlights or an episode of your favourite show, watch the news to stay up to date, listen to a short podcast, etc.

If showering is uncomfortable because of your eczema, try to play some music or listen to a podcast while you shower to get your mind off the fact that certain areas of your skin will sting or your skin is still healing and it hurts to move.

If you never thought about your routine this way, take a step back figure out the things you do to in terms of your health before you start or end your day. Once you figure that out, add an enjoyable activity to your health routine.

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