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Hate dragging yourself out of bed in the mornings? Yeah, us too. Luckily, Eevee’s Hanna Gilbert is here to tell us why it pays to be an early bird…

Ok, I admit it. I’m not naturally a morning person either. When the alarm goes off, I form an immediate emotional attachment to my duvet and burrow down like some small, grumpy rodent.
If you’re reading this, you and I must share a distaste for the wee hours. If you’re like me though, you’ll have this niggling feeling that the people who get the most out of life are the early risers. You know, the rosy cheeked farmers and glowy-skinned types from the covers of health magazines. Well, as one snooze enthusiast to another, I’m here to tell you that waking up early is indeed fantastic and can be done by anyone. Yes, even you.
The main appeal for me, is simply having extra time in my day. More importantly, because you’ve made the decision to get up, this is your time. The office isn’t open yet, and the kids/ husband/ dogs are still asleep. It’s just you and your extra time.

Step 1: Decide Why

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Work out your genuine reason for waking up earlier- there needs to be something motivating you, or the pull of your pillow will be too great. Maybe you want to start mediating, or kick-start your day with some exercise. Perhaps you’d like to spend time reading that book that’s been gathering dust, or have a relaxing bath. Even if you’re rising early to fit in one more episode of Britain’s Got Talent, get that purpose clear from the beginning.

Step 2: Go To Sleep

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The night before, make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time. Your body will need a certain amount of sleep in order to function properly and it’s worth knowing how many hours you need. If you’re getting up an hour earlier, go to bed an hour earlier too, to avoid becoming more tired as the week progresses. Just before you hit the hay, take a moment to think about the morning. Remind yourself of how much you’re going to enjoy your extra time and build a positive association with the idea.

Step 3: Rise and Shine

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Ok, let’s just focus on the ‘rise’ for now. The ‘shine’ can come later – one step at a time!
If you’ve focused the night before, the chances are you’ll remember what you’re doing, pretty quickly after you wake up. Even if you feel like weights are attached to your limbs, this is the moment to go for glory. Put your feet on the carpet and slowly stand up. Congratulations! Half the battle is won! Now move a safe distance away from your bed-magnet and begin your day.

Step 4: Appreciation

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It may take a little while to morph from disgruntled zombie to morning lark, but once you’ve had your coffee and are happily reading your book or busting out your yoga routine, you’ll start to feel great. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is, to reach nine o’clock and have already achieved something with the day. The key now, is to actively appreciate it. Take time to reflect on how nice your extra time has been- you could even jot down your thoughts in a notebook.
Keep the notebook beside your bed to remind you ‘why’ when the alarm goes off tomorrow!