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How to get the most out of your summer mornings.

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There’s something magical about waking up in summer.

Gone are the days when you have to fumble around in a hurry in the pitch black of winter – instead, the sun bursts in through your bedroom window and birds chirp at just the right volume to be endearing rather than annoying. You’re basically living a Disney movie.

Unfortunately things like work, commitments, responsibility and life in general don’t stop when the weather gets nicer. So for the days when you can’t spend hours at the beach (but wish you could), here are five ways to enjoy some “me time” and get the most of your summer mornings.

1. Wake up early.

This is not an activity I would usually encourage, unless absolutely necessary, but in summer it’s the best way to start the day. The sun’s early rise makes it easier for your body to do the same, meaning it’s not as much of a drag as it is in the colder months.

The benefit? So much more time! More sun! More possibility! You’ll start your day instantly more relaxed, have more time to enjoy the day before it gets impossibly hot and be able to tick off more tasks and kick more goals before your alarm would normally even be going off.

"So much more time! More sun! More possibility!" Image: iStock.

2. Have a side of crossword with your coffee.

Channel holiday mode no matter what day it is and enjoy a crossword or Sudoku with your breakfast — an activity most of us associate with summer and relaxation, and also gives your brain a bit of a workout.

There's nothing like the smug feeling of cracking that impossible clue to make you feel like a winner first thing in the morning. Bonus points for doing it outside in the sunshine.


3. Channel your inner yogi.

Countless studies have found the many mood-boosting benefits to exercising in the morning - and in summer you don't even need to leave the house to do it. Take 10 or 15 minutes each morning to find a sunny spot in your house or backyard for a quick yoga routine or even just a proper stretch.

It'll be one less thing you have to do after work and you'll go about the rest of your day feeling utterly zen and superior. If yoga's not your thing, try a refreshing early morning swim.

"Take 10 or 15 minutes each morning to find a sunny spot for a quick yoga routine or even just a proper stretch." Image: iStock.

4. Take a morning walk in the great outdoors.

Everything looks prettier in summer, so treat your senses with an early morning walk around your local park, beach if you're so lucky or even just round the block. It's a great chance to catch up on your favourite podcasts and get some sunshine before the temperature rockets.

If you don't have time for a dedicated walk, try incorporating it into your summer commute - walk instead of drive to the station or get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to the office.

5. Do nothing.

While it's nice to have a productive morning to set up the day, sometimes all you want to do is take a few minutes to do absolutely nothing. Open the window or step outside, feel the warmth of the morning sun tickle your face and appreciate the tranquility before the world gets up and on with their day.

Summer, welcome back.

How do you get the most out of your mornings?