Spring or fall daylight savings comes around every year. The day or week after we are left feel out of whack. There are more accidents and we are more likely to get sick for the week after the time change. Many wonder why we do this to our selves. There are some simple solutions to handling the time change with grace and not dread.
1) Plan ahead.
This may be to late, but we can always try for next one. It will happen in six months. Around a week days before daylight savings begins, adjust your sleep cycle. Your entire family, including babies and children, should do this. If possible, go to be around 10 – 15 minutes earlier each night. Eventually, you will be in bed and (hopefully) asleep earlier, allowing your body to have an easier time adjusting to the time change. When the change happens, your body will be ready. In the fall don’t use this as an excuse to throw off you routine.
2) Give yourself some wiggle room
Give yourself more time to get to appointments and to get ready. Often that slight change in time can throw our whole system off. Give yourself more time than you usually do to prepare. If you can don’t schedule too many important meetings. The day after the time change may not be the best day to ask your boss for a raise.
3) Take extra care of yourself.
More people get sick or have accidents the week after the time change. Bump up your Vitamin C and echinacea. Go to bed early. Plan a movie night. Use this as a reminder to revamp your selfcare. Get some extra exercise. Eat more vegetables. Don’t go crazy with the caffeine. Depleting your adrenals will not help you in the long run.
4) Maintain or revamp your routine
If you have a good routine keep going with it. Don’t let yourself slack. Keep going to your yoga class and eating right. If your routine needs some improvement now if a great time to kick it into gear. Make a bead time for yourself and stick to it. Use this time to create a morning ritual. (This is not the time to start waking up at 5am)