Women's Health

“I finally learned how to be a morning person.”


“Own your morning” is a mantra, but I can’t say I’ve been an owner of the a.m. myself. Until recently, I would sleep with my phone charging next about my schedule has changed. With stay-at-home orders in place, I have a new appreciation for the moments I had to myself while I commuted to the office. I’ve realized I’m tense without that alone time, and the only way I can get it is by being a morning person. Still, learning to rise with the sun has taken some effort. I bought an alarm clock so I can charge my phone outside my bedroom and enjoy some tech-free time in the early hours. I’ve started waking up at 5:30 a.m. (without pressing snooze—the more you negotiate with yourself, the harder it is!) and following a routine inspired by editor-in-chief Liz Plosser and the book : The first thing I do is work out (running or yoga). Then I meditate for 20 minutes and read a book for half an hour. Finally, I make breakfast for my 2-year-old daughter, Rei. Structuring the first hour and a half of my day has made a big difference. I feel grounded and relaxed rather than hurried and whipped around by the news or social media.

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