I hear you - for me, Aleve and adult beverages are part of the kit
You can probably get away without compounding, or at least without compounding the entire car. The claying and compounding are by far the most work, and the polishing step is really almost as easy as the waxing step. You also can do a fuller correction at a later time, say if you just do a wax this first time. Claying is essential, though, and might be the worst part of all. Again, pain killers should be on standby.
But, here's another HUGE tip I've learned here and totally embraced - spray detailing/waxing. Many car buffs seem to hand-wax every month or every few weeks or even weekly, because the wax wears off and they want to redo it. They even talk about how long a wax supposedly lasts as a reason as to why they picked it. A full correction, however, is an investment in your time (and back strain) which you only need to do once in a blue moon. After that, for months and months, you can perfectly maintain it with dusting, rinsing, occasional washing, and spray products matching your wax (Gold Class, Ultimate, NXT, etc).
Let me put it this way. It's been over a year since I fully corrected my paint (see the link in my sig), so that was the last time I "waxed the car" with the DA (other than a couple of touchup/tests). However, the car is always waxed, because I go through a lot of quik detailer and quik wax, cleaning and re-waxing the car every few days - but it only takes minutes