Shifting My Morning Routine Perspective
“With dry eye, vanity goes out the window.” A fellow dry eye sufferer posted this comment in an online community. I’ve read several other comments just like it, and I get it: what she means is that our focus changes. Comfort and healing become top priorities; they trump looking good.
As dry eye sufferers, we exchange contact lenses for eye glasses, mascara for eye drops, and ultimately, vanity for well-being.
A mourning period
This shift can constitute a mourning period for some; it was an adjustment for me, at least. We mourn the loss of looking our best. As a woman, I enjoy getting fixed up on occasion. I never have worn much makeup, but I would, from time to time, highlight my features with eye shadow, a lid liner, and mascara.
I rarely wear eye makeup anymore. It just doesn’t mix with applying drops all day long – I’m left with a smeared mess on my face. In addition, I no longer use spray-on hair products. The only thing I use on my hair is a clean shampoo and conditioner. Also, before my chronic dry eye began, I lived in contact lenses. Today, I wear glasses every day.
A new routine
Consequently, my morning routine has changed, and my toiletry bag is stripped down. And the time I use to ready myself for the day is different. I’ve learned to focus on making myself more naturally and internally beautiful. I spend less time applying makeup and more time on what I am putting into my body.
First, I cook myself a full anti-inflammatory breakfast every morning. It fuels me and makes me feel good. I also pack a healthy lunch every day. As a result of my diet change, my skin has cleared, so I can easily go without any concealer, foundation, or powder. I can be naturally beautiful. I also take vitamins and supplements, and I exercise about three mornings a week. Again, I focus on feeling my best.
Preparing my inner self
Finally, I spend quiet time reading my Bible, asking God to change me and make me more like Him. On my way to work, I sip on my coffee and listen to worship music, marveling at the sunrise. I focus on preparing my heart and attitude to be kind and compassionate to those around me.
This simple, new morning routine has made me realize what is more important: that I spend more time preparing my inner self, rather than my outer self. In this way, dry eye has given me a healthier perspective on what it means to get ready in the morning. It goes beyond just moving from a focus on vanity to comfort, but rather to true soul health and an outpouring of that health onto others.
Which barrier below prevents you from receiving better chronic dry eye treatment? (Select all that apply)