The summer season—the time for lazy mornings, long days, and relaxation.

While the allure of sleeping in can be tempting, there’s a secret to unlocking a happier and more fulfilling summer: waking up early.

Embracing the early morning hours allows you to make the most of this vibrant season, boost your productivity, and enhance your overall well-being. Get ready to set your alarm clock a little earlier and discover why rising and shining in the summer can lead you to a happier life.

  1. Seize the Tranquility: There’s something magical about the early morning hours during summer. The world is still and peaceful, providing the perfect environment for reflection, meditation, and setting intentions for the day. Take advantage of this serene time to engage in mindfulness practices, journaling, or simply enjoying a quiet cup of coffee as you watch the sunrise. This precious solitude will set a positive tone for your entire day and bring a sense of calm and clarity to your mind.
  2. Embrace the Cooler Temperatures: As the sun begins to rise, the temperature is often more pleasant and cooler during the early hours of the day. Use this time to engage in outdoor activities like running, cycling, or practicing yoga. The refreshing morning air invigorates your body and mind, leaving you feeling energized and ready to tackle the day. Plus, exercising in the morning helps boost your metabolism, kick-start your digestion, and sets you up for increased productivity throughout the day.
  3. Make Time for Self-Care: Waking up early grants you extra time for self-care rituals that contribute to your overall well-being. Use this precious time to indulge in activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Whether it’s practicing a skincare routine, reading a book, or enjoying a leisurely breakfast, these self-care moments will enhance your happiness and set a positive tone for the rest of your day.
  4. Maximize Productivity: The early morning hours offer uninterrupted time to focus on tasks and goals. With minimal distractions, you can harness your creativity and tackle important projects head-on. Whether you’re a student, an entrepreneur, or working on personal goals, waking up early allows you to make significant progress before the demands of the day take over. Use this time to plan your schedule, set priorities, and accomplish tasks that will leave you feeling accomplished and motivated.
  5. Enjoy Time for Personal Passion Projects: Have you always wanted to learn a new language, start a blog, or pursue a creative hobby? Waking up early provides dedicated time to invest in your passion projects. Use this undisturbed time to develop new skills, write, paint, or work on anything that ignites your enthusiasm. The early morning hours offer a sense of freedom and space to cultivate your creativity, leading to a more fulfilled and happier life.
  6. Embrace the Extra Hours: One of the greatest benefits of waking up early in the summer is the additional hours you gain. As the sun rises earlier, you have the opportunity to savor the beauty of the day and embrace the longer daylight hours. Whether it’s enjoying a peaceful morning walk, having a leisurely breakfast outdoors, or planning outdoor activities with friends and loved ones, these bonus hours allow you to make the most of the summer season and create cherished memories.

While sleeping in during summer may seem enticing, waking up early holds the key to a happier and more fulfilling life. Seizing the tranquility, embracing cooler temperatures, making time for self-care, maximizing productivity, pursuing personal passions, and enjoying the extra hours are all benefits of rising and shining with the sun. So, set your alarm clock a little earlier, open yourself up to new possibilities, and watch how waking up early in the summer can transform your days, boost your happiness, and lead you to a life filled with joy and fulfillment.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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