3 Tips for Adjusting to the Fall Back Time Change
If you are one of the many Americans waking up to a time change this morning, you are probably enjoying the extra hour. While some will choose to sleep, others will use the time to check something off their to-do list, and others may opt to just relax with family. The bliss that comes with another morning hour will quickly fade once the sun sets earlier than normal, leaving us with fewer hours of daylight - which can throw our bodies and minds into a tailspin of adjustment. Don't worry, we have 3 simple tips that you can start to follow today that will help you ease into the time change.
1. Embrace the Daylight
According to Healthline, exposure to natural light has many health benefits from boosting vitamin D levels to warding off seasonal depression. When the days grow shorter, it's important to take advantage of natural daylight whenever you can - both indoors and outdoors. It's as easy as opening your curtains to let the sunlight in and taking your dog for a walk around the block during the day. When it starts to get too cold to spend quality time outdoors, look for other ways to experience daylight such as enjoying your morning coffee or working out indoors by a window.
2. Prioritize Your Sleep
Many people find the fall back time change impacts their sleep schedule, especially on the first night after the clocks are turned back. While it's totally normal to take time to adjust your internal clock to the external one, you can help move things along by prioritizing your sleep. If you are the type of person that needs 7-8 hours of shuteye in order to feel your best the following day, try going to bed a bit earlier than normal on the first night to ensure you get the hours you need. Otherwise, your first day back to the office after the time change could be plagued by grogginess and irritability.
3. Practice Self Care
The combination of shorter days and colder weather can leave many feeling tired and unfocused throughout the day. It's important to take care of yourself while your body and mind adjust to the season. Whether it's a hot bubble bath before bed, mindful meditation in the morning, or simply spending quality time with your family, find the daily activities that help you unwind, relax, and focus. And, you should continue to make these activities part of your daily routine after you feel you've adjusted to the time change.
Now that you are ready to adjust to the fall back time change, it's time to get excited for all of the wonderful things that come with the season! Take time to enjoy the beautiful colors of fall, the crisp morning air, your favorite warm sweater - whatever brings you small moments of happiness - and you will be smiling your way through the colder weather before you know it.
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