You want to get more exercise…
and that’s a great goal. Many studies show that exercise can help us manage stress, have more energy, improve our glucose levels and MORE! Not only that, getting some activity in the morning, whether it’s a 10 minute walk or a longer session at the gym, will give you more energy and make healthier choices easier all day long.
If you’re looking for how to get started with exercise, click here to download a free awesome 7-day exercise plan designed for people with diabetes. Or if fitness is already a part of your life, check out the DiabetesStrong website. It’s got lots of free exercise videos designed for people with diabetes!
You want to feel more relaxed and peaceful.
And a reflective morning routine will help you get there. There are several different options to start your morning with some quiet time: meditation, journaling or prayer. We have several short audio meditations you download here and use to get started with meditation, or you can print out our free gratitude journal here that can help you begin a gratitude practice.
A few quiet minutes in the morning can pay dividends all day long… and don’t forget, studies show that having the ability to handle the stresses of everyday life can really help us manage diabetes more effectively.
You want to feel accomplished…
And to get there, dedicate some time in the morning (ideally thirty minutes, but do whatever your schedule allows) to learning something new or working on a long-term project that you’d like to get done.It could be learning a new language (we love the DuoLingo app for this!), having some quiet time to read a book, or de-cluttering your house— all of these will help you start the day off in a productive way and make your life feel more manageable. The key is to figure out how much time you can dedicate to this each morning and then break your project down into manageable parts. Click here to download a checklist that will make your morning planning a little easier.
You want to eat healthier…And believe it or not, planning is the thing that’s going to make that a lot easier. Dedicating time in the morning to prepping your lunch, making a healthy breakfast, meal planning for the week ahead or thinking through your day and deciding how you’re going to make healthy choices are all CRITICAL tools for sticking to your healthy eating goals over time. Using a food journal for a few days can also help you become aware of the most challenging times in your day or specific situations where things sometimes go off the rails. These are the situations where a little planning can make a big difference. You can download our food journal for free by clicking here.