“This morning couldn’t get any worse, and I’m hangry!” my friend texted on the plane. She sat on an already-delayed flight to see her in-laws, the plane had been taxiing for takeoff over an hour, a baby was screaming in the row behind her, and a traffic delay to the airport meant she had missed breakfast.
“Somebody needs to whip out her gratitude journal ASAP,” I texted back playfully, but I understood her frustration.
Thankfully, most mornings aren’t quite so hectic, but everyone knows that sinking “there goes my day” mentality.
You can’t control the weather, traffic, or your irate boss, but you can develop a morning ritual that keeps you resilient to whatever life throws your way.
One thing I’ve discovered about fitness and nutrition professionals: We almost all keep a specific morning routine that focuses, motivates, and connects us with our higher purpose. I took an informal poll among my healthcare friends. These five things make our mornings — really, our entire days — more sane and productive.