How to Live Your Best Life this Summer

Okay, world, we love Halloween, too, but it’s only August. Let’s not rush these last beautiful moments of summer. If you spent the first half of summer ignoring your summer goals and binge-watching your fave shows on Netflix instead (it’s okay, no judgment here), there is still time to make the BEST of these precious summer days.

While we wholly support a good all-day-in-your-undies-crushing-five-seasons-in-one-sitting kind of attitude, we have some pro tips to live your best (and most healthy) life for the rest of the summer:

 

1. CATCH SOME ZZZZZZs

We are willing to bet you lost/sacrificed a LOT of sleep during the school year. (Does starting that paper or cracking a textbook at 11pm sound familiar?) Although you can’t really make up for lost sleep, you could cultivate some sweet sleep habits over the summer to get your body in a healthy rhythm. Consider starting a nighttime routine, like writing about your day in your journal before turning out the lights or using a lavender-scented lotion when you get into bed. Sooner or later, you will start to associate these little rituals with sleep! And we all need some sleep.

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2. MOVE IT

This is one of the only times we’ll tell you to put down your book and get yourself moving (that’s why we have audio books, though wink wink). Dancing, walking, hopping, skipping, or jumping—all movement is good! Summer is so kind, it gives you more daylight so you can go for that walk you considered all day. Phone a friend for an old-school meet-up, and take a walk around the block! Remember how to ride a bike! Use those roller skates you forgot you own! Jump on YouTube and do a dance workout or yoga class! Getting yourself moving doesn’t have to be two hours at the gym or a forty-minute run—we’re not going for Rocky-status here. Just make it your own and make it something you look forward to.

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3. GET YOUR ZEN ON

Have you ever tried meditation? If you’ve never tried or didn’t exactly love it when you did, we want to point out that there are tons of ways to meditate, and we encourage you to find the version that suits you! Meditation is essentially slowing down the spinning of your mind to focus on breathing and sometimes on words, sounds, and movements. We like this quick-and-easy guide to meditation!

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4. HAVE FUN WITH FOOD

Busy school schedules sometimes mean stress eating, missing meals (especially breakfast!), or repeatedly eating the same thing for lack of time or energy. Now that you have some extra time on your hands, consider revamping your food life! Maybe try mindful eating, which is exactly as it sounds—being fully present as you’re eating, and making thoughtful decisions about when, how, and what you eat. Pay attention: How do you feel after you eat something? Tired? Groggy? Energized? Plan out some meals, try some new recipes, and get your friends and family to join the fun!

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5. GET ORGANIZED

Poor time management can be a major mood killer. If you say yes to all the things and end up a zombie because your to-do list and schedule literally killed you, it might be time to organize your life differently. Summer can be a great time to look at your choices—try bullet journaling, use some new productivity and scheduling apps, and maybe even embrace the power of saying NO to overfilling your plate. Your calendar doesn’t have to be a work of art, but it can help!

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6. PICK UP A BOOK!

There are some really freakin’ good books out there for you to get totally lost in. Plus, reading is just the BEST (not that we’re biased). Lucky you, we’ve got some killer suggestions to get you started:

What to Say Next

What to Say Next

By Julie Buxbaum

"What to Say Next reminds readers that hope can be found in unexpected places." –Bustle.com

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, calls it "charming, funny, and deeply affecting

Now I Rise

Now I Rise

By Kiersten White

The highly anticipated, mind-blowing New York Times bestselling sequel to Kiersten White’s New York Times bestseller, AND I DARKEN—the series that reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. 
 
A SISTER FILLED WITH RAGE
Lada Dracul has no allies. No crown. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to sec...

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying

By Karen M. McManus

Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
 
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Ya...

Little Monsters

Little Monsters

By Kara Thomas

For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

   Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring y...

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

By Nicola Yoon

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything (in theaters now!), will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other!


Natasha:
I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cu...


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