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7 Steps to Add to Your Summer Morning Routine

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During the school year, mornings are rushed. You reluctantly roll out of bed after snoozing your alarm too many times. Worried that you'll be late for school, you quickly throw on your outfit, grab your backpack, and are out the door. Luckily, summer is a break from this cycle. Now, you have the time and ability to fill your morning with activities that make you feel your best and that prepare you for your day. These seven steps are great additions to a relaxing summer routine.

1. Don't Feel Pressured To Wake Up Early

Waking up early every day is not needed to have a fulfilling morning routine. An ideal morning routine looks different for everyone. For some, that means waking up early. But for others, that means taking advantage of extra free time in the summer and sleeping in. Regardless of what time you choose to wake up in the morning, it is important to establish a summer morning routine that works for you. Disregard the mindset that you must wake up early to have a productive, successful day.

2. Make Your Bed

Although the task of making your bed seems extremely simple, it is a great way to start your day. By accomplishing a task within minutes of waking up, you prepare yourself to have an efficient day. Plus, you'll thank yourself later when you come home to a clean room. Filling your morning with small, yet impactful steps such as making your bed is key to setting yourself up for success.

3. Remember To Hydrate

Forgetting to hydrate is very common, especially among teenagers. During the school year, drinking water isn't a priority. Teens have countless other responsibilities on their plate. With warmer days, it is especially crucial to hydrate yourself properly during the summer. By flavoring your water with ingredients like lemon and mint, it can be easier to meet your daily water needs.

4. Get Outside

There's no better time than during the summer to get outside and enjoy the weather. Whether you find that you enjoy going on morning walks or simply sitting outside for a few minutes, encourage yourself to set aside time in the morning to get outside.

5. Have A Balanced Breakfast

With more free time on your hands in the summer, making a balanced breakfast should be on your morning to-do list. Making a delicious, balanced breakfast doesn't have to be stressful or complicated. Simple meals like smoothies and yogurt bowls require very little time but set you up for a successful day.

6. Avoid Stress

Your morning routine is meant to get you ready for the day ahead of you. There's nothing worse than having to deal with conflict or stress first thing in the morning. Planning the night before can help you avoid stressful situations. But, life gets in the way. Sometimes, stress is inevitable. Although avoiding stress completely is difficult, reacting in a healthy way to stress is key.

7. Do Something That Brings You Joy

Incorporating an activity that brings you joy is by far the most important step in your summer morning routine. Whether you spend time reading a book, watching television, spending time with your family, or walking outside, do something for yourself. It can be as small or big as you would wish. Even making yourself a morning beverage like a coffee or tea can go a long way.

In creating a morning routine, it is more important than anything else to listen to yourself. Every morning does not need to follow a routine. Sometimes, reminding yourself to be in the present is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Sophene Avedissian
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Sophene Avedissian is a sophomore in high school. She writes for her school newspaper, Spyglass, the Los Angeles Times High School Insider, and the Youth Civics Initiative. During her free time, Sophene enjoys reading, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.