Saturday 16 December 2017

Mindful moment: Rise, shine… and stay away from the snooze button

As soon as you are up, stay up!
As soon as you are up, stay up!

Yesterday morning I set my alarm for 6am, as I had done all week. And yesterday morning, I pressed the snooze button until I finally got up at 8am. Just as I did all week. Even though I'd like to be like the Oprahs and Richard Bransons of this world - who are part of what's known as 'the 5am club' - I tend to fall into Kevin the Teenager mode in the morning.

But according to a book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, this is having a big effect on my life. Elrod argues that every time we press 'snooze', we are telling ourselves that we don't want to wake up to our life, that we have nothing to look forward to. This creates a feeling of purposelessness and passivity that is very similar to the feelings depressed people have. This might sound overdramatic but, as someone who is prone to depression, I can see there is something in this.

So, what to do? Well, Elrod has a few tips: put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off. As soon as you are up, stay up and brush your teeth. This signals the start of the day to most of us. Then drink water.

When we wake up, we are dehydrated and this can cause feelings of tiredness. So I'm going to follow this three-point plan to becoming a morning person. I will report back. Who knows, I might be a CEO of a multinational this time next year.

* Marianne Power is the author of

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