Hey janellehale4 and RoseSaylavie,
While I no longer have to go to work, I know what it was like to need time in the morning to prepare for the day, both physically and mentally. I usually needed 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get my best start in the morning for work. No shame in the amount of time it takes ~ it's great that you take the time instead of rushing through the process and getting stressed before the workday even begins.
Prior to being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I was doing yoga every morning and it was wonderful. I had relaxing, calming music on my computer that was set to my yoga routine so I didn't have to watch the clock, when each song started it was time for a different pose and when the music was over, so was the yoga ~ it was a very relaxing way to start my day.
I currently have no exercise routine and I've put on too much weight. However, I had been struggling with my mood (still getting it to a little better place) and I'm working on one thing at a time so I don't fail at everything.
First was my mood ~ I went back on my meds and have progressed from crying every day to only crying when it is appropriate for the situation. Monitoring my mood/meds on MoodTracker definitely helps me monitor my stability.
Now I'm working on my diet ~ just started the ketogenic diet and I'm hopeful I can lose about 40 pounds (although I'd be happy with 20, but 40 would be best). After some weight loss I will work on more steps in my day ~ walking is a great exercise
Visualization is difficult for me ~ maybe I'm just not doing it right, but I also go negative before positive.
Sooooo . . . here's to the happier, productive lives we all strive to have
May peace and stability always find you