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The Truth Behind a Great Sunrise

Mar 16, 2022
Wellbeing

Oh hey there, my name is JoAnn, a registered dietitian and mom of three kids. Life is really rich and full at the same time. My days are spent preparing meals, dropping off and picking up kids, and squeezing in a few hours of work each week. With my pace of life, it’s hard to take time to slow down or breathe deeply. At the same time, I have found that if I don’t take time to pause, the things I care deeply about tend to fall apart. Coming from someone who isn’t a morning person, I have found I love this time to get grounded and centered. 

So how do you create a great morning routine?

You work backwards. If you start work at eight thirty, calculate how long it takes for you to get ready, eat breakfast, and enjoy whatever hot beverage that gets you going! Since I’m not a morning person, I try to get as much done as possible the night before. I pack my lunch, set out my clothes, and tidy up the house for the next day. It may seem like a bit much to prepare so much in advance, but when I do this, I can truly ease into the day.

Having a good morning routine has helped me in so many ways. I’m more confident, and I’m often in a better mood as a result. Secondly, two of my kids are in school the majority of the day, so I get to see them in the morning and in the afternoon/evening. If I just crawl out of bed at the same time they do, I tend to be a bit cranky. However, when I wake up before them, I’m more present and engaged, and that's how I want my kids to remember me. Erin Engle, PsyD and a licensed clinical psychologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, says having a more intentional approach to the day early on can help instill self-confidence and lead to a more productive rest of the day. 

Set your alarm clock a few minutes early each day so you have the opportunity to have at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time that you are able to exercise, read, or mediate. Once you get used to getting up 15-20 minutes early each day, you will be able to increase that time to eventually getting up at least 1 hour before you have to start getting ready for the day.

Developing a solid morning routine has also helped me manage my depression.

I look forward to the day rather than dreading it.

I know from personal experience that preparing for a great sunrise will help you maintain balance and health. I believe it’s an integral step to achieving your goals whatever they might be.

Join me in giving yourself the gift of peace and productivity. Wake up just a little bit early so you have time for you!


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JoAnn Gruener, RD, CDE

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