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  • Writer's pictureSusan Winograd PT

Optimize Your Routine This Summer ❤️‍🔥

Let’s face it, as the weather heats up and summer approaches, our daily routine could probably use some revamping..

So, how can we roll with the summer fun without falling off the wagon?

We already know the importance of prioritizing our wellness routine through self-care, nutrition and exercise, but let’s explore how we can optimize our days and make the most out of the summer months.

Sleepy Summer 🌤️

Hotter days mean more sunlight, and sometimes.. a little more difficulty getting to sleep early. Focus on supporting your circadian rhythm each day by getting 10-15 minutes of morning sun in your eyes, and focusing on a consistent sleep schedule.

Set your room to a cool temperature, and get in the habit of a calming night time routine, which can consist of any practice that sets your mind at ease - like skincare, meditation, soothing music, or breathwork.

My personal favorite is settling down with a weighted blanket and a soothing cup of Golden Milk. 💛

Hot and Hydrated 😅

We love summertime but these hot days are no joke. Dehydration can leave you feeling foggy, unmotivated, and downright unwell at times. Rising temperatures call for extra attention on hydration.

Our general rule of thumb is to be sure you are drinking at least half your body weight of water in ounces. While hydrating with plain and simple water is a great starting point, feel free to get creative by adding lemon, lime, herbs, and fresh or frozen fruit to your water to mix it up a bit.

My favorite water infusion is cucumbers, ginger and fresh mint!

While trendy “hydration” drinks claim to give you a healthy dose of electrolytes, those ingredients can be questionable. If you feel like you need a boost, opt for an organic coconut water, like Harmless Harvest to get a healthy dose of charged minerals.

Don't forget to hydrate through nutrition as well. Load up on foods like watermelon, and cucumbers to kick your hydration game up a notch. 🍉

Routine Reboot

Keeping your routine can be harder in the summer, there’s more social activities, family plans, and travel. Building and honoring a consistent structure throughout your day can help you stay focused and meet your goals.

Try creating a rough structure for your day that outlines the time of day and your main focus for those hours. For example, 12-3pm can be focused on work and emails, while 4-5pm is dedicated to cleaning up around the house, and 5-6pm for making dinner.

Don’t forget to carve out time in your routine for self care! 😌

It doesn't have to take long. Even just taking 10-15 minutes to consistently maintain a morning and evening routine can make ALL the difference in your self care, it allows you to show up for yourself which means more meaningful fun for everyone!  

Keep It Moving 💪

As our schedules pick up in the summer, it can be easy to stop prioritizing exercise. Depending on where you live, summertime can be a perfect opportunity to move your workout outside, maybe exploring a new outdoor yoga class, or taking a long walk by the beach.

If you’re in Florida, like us.. the thought of outside workouts can be enough to make your head spin. Don’t let the heat stop you from feeling your best and releasing those much needed endorphins. Now is a great time to explore a new indoor gym, or find some at-home workouts through Youtube.

Keep your movement practice consistent and most importantly enjoyable!

Sunny Scheduling 📆

By marking down dates for vacations, social gatherings, and important deadlines, you can ensure that you allocate your time efficiently and avoid overcommitting. Remember… when you say “YES” to one thing, you are saying ‘NO” to something else.

A calendar allows you to visualize your schedule, making it easier to balance work, leisure, and personal responsibilities. Additionally, it can help you set and track goals, such as completing summer projects or maintaining a fitness routine. With a well-planned calendar, you can enjoy a more structured and stress-free summer, ensuring that you don't miss out on any important activities or events.

There you have it...

As summer unfolds, embracing an optimized and well-maintained routine can be the key to keeping your nervous system balanced, so that you can enjoy  a season of productivity, relaxation, and arguably most importantly... fun.

By setting clear goals, incorporating flexible, yet consistent habits, and making time for self-care, you can make the most of the longer days and warmer weather. 

Remember, the essence of summer is balance—balancing work with leisure, structure with spontaneity. By fine-tuning your routine, you not only enhance your efficiency but also create space to savor the unique pleasures of the summer season.

Here’s to a season filled with growth, adventure, and feeling your best. 🌴

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