Unlike most of my fellow wellness enthusiasts who enjoy waking up before the sun, I am not a morning person. I grew up with poor morning habits—snoozing the alarm clock, rushing through (or oftentimes altogether missing) breakfast, and always starting my day with my cortisol (stress hormone) levels cranked to its highest degree. This was the only life I knew.
In the last five to 10 years, I’ve realized that I have the power to control my own mornings and that this stressful morning life I once knew was simply a habit, not necessarily the way things had to be. During my dietetic internship, I had very early hours, sometimes having to be at the hospital by 5:30 a.m. This is where I learned that proper preparation and a solid morning ritual are actually the keys to thriving—a word I would have never associated with the morning!