Self-Care Tips to Mentally and Physically Prepare For When Daylight Savings Time Ends
As we all know, daylight savings time is coming to an end on November 6th. For many of us, this means our days will be getting shorter and the darkness will start to set in earlier. While this may seem like a minor inconvenience, it can actually be quite difficult for some people who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you're one of those people, don't worry – there are a few things you can do to help prepare for the switch to standard time. One way to make the transition a little bit easier is to take care of yourself. Here are some self-care tips to help you prepare for when daylight savings time ends.
Get Organized and Declutter Your Space
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it can be tempting to hunker down and ride out the winter months in a state of chaotic disarray. However, there are few things more satisfying than getting your life in order as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Start by decluttering your space. Take some time to go through your belongings and get rid of anything you don't need or use. Not only will this make your space feel more organized, but it will also make it easier to clean.
- Create a cleaning schedule and stick to it. Whether you prefer to do a little bit each day or save all your cleaning for the weekend, setting (and sticking to) a schedule will help you keep your home clean and tidy.
- Set up a system for organizing your belongings. This might mean investing in a few storage containers or creating a designated place for everything in your home. Whatever system you choose, make sure it's one that works for you and that you're able to maintain over time.
With a little effort, you can turn your home into a haven of organization just in time for the start of the new year.
Eat Healthy and incorporate Movement into Your Daily Routine
As daylight savings time comes to an end, many of us find ourselves with an extra hour of free time. While it may be tempting to spend this extra hour sleeping in or watching TV, there are much better ways to use this time. One great way to use this extra hour is to get some exercise. Just an extra hour of daily movement can make a big difference in your overall health. And, as an added bonus, exercise can help to boost your energy levels and mood.
Another great way to use this extra hour is to focus on eating healthy. Take the time to cook a nutritious meal or pack a healthy lunch for work. By making healthy choices, you'll help your body to function at its best. So, don't let the end of daylight savings time throw off your routine. Use the extra hour to take care of yourself and your health.
Check out our favorite fall recipes for glowing skin here.
Try A Sunlight Lamp
SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months when there is less sunlight. Symptoms include fatigue, low energy, and difficulty concentrating. If you suffer from SAD, you may want to try using a sunlight lamp. Sunlight lamps emit bright light that can help to improve mood and increase energy levels. The light from a sunlight lamp is similar to natural sunlight, making it an effective treatment for SAD. Many people find that using a sunlight lamp for 30 minutes per day can help to alleviate symptoms of SAD.
Adjust Your Bedtime Routine
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it can be hard to adjust to the time change. One way to make the transition easier is to adjust your bedtime routine. For a few days before daylight savings time ends, start going to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual. This will help your body get used to the new sleep schedule.
On the night of the time change, go to bed at your usual time and wake up at your usual time the next morning. Even though it will be lighter outside, your body will still be used to getting up in the dark. By slowly adjusting your sleep schedule, you can help make daylight savings time end a little bit easier.
Create A Calming Bedtime Ritual
Bedtime rituals are a great way to wind down at the end of the day and prepare for a good night's sleep. For some people, this might mean taking a relaxing bath or reading a favorite book. Others might prefer to do some gentle stretching or journaling. Whatever you choose, aim to do something that will help you to feel calm and relaxed.
Skincare routines can also be soothing bedtime rituals. Taking the time to take care of your skin can help you to feel refreshed and ready for bed. Plus, it's a great way to pamper yourself before turning in for the night. You might just find that it helps you to sleep better than ever before.
Read more: How a Good Skincare Routine Can Improve Your Mental Health
Daylight savings time can be tough. We all know the drill; it’s dark when we leave work, the days are shorter, and we’re constantly adjusting to a new schedule. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We hope you find these self-care tips helpful! Let us know how you cope with the change - do you have any tips that help you adjust?