Don’t Let Springing Forward Set You Back

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Springing forward into more light.

Springing forward when Daylight Saving Time arrives is a challenge for many. 

So, today I want to share some Daylight Saving facts, along with 3 tips for keeping yourself healthy as you move through this transition.

The bottom line is that, while springing forward is disruptive in many ways, it doesn’t have to set you back. As with so many time management challenges, the power to thrive is something you hold in your hands.

Looking back while springing forward…

Daylight Saving Time has a long and complex history

George Hudson, born in Britain and subsequently a lifelong resident of New Zealand, is credited with first coming up with the idea of Daylight Saving Time in 1895. It was first implemented by a nation in 1916, when Germany and Austria-Hungary put it into effect.

Not all the world observes Daylight Saving Time. For example, much of Asia and Africa do not. And there is much dispute about the wisdom of the twice-yearly shift in our clocks. In particular, there is debate about the impact that it has on health — both individual health and public health.

There’s no doubt that it’s disruptive.

So, while many welcome the change in the spring that spells more light at the end of the day, the transition isn’t easy.  In fact, studies show that it’s so disruptive that people’s health and well-being are affected. 

According to this article by Kim Painter in USA Today, the effects can go on for quite some time:

It’s just one hour, but experts in chronobiology — the study of our internal body clocks — say it takes most people several days to adjust. (The fall change also is disruptive, but less so.) One recent study from German researchers, published in the journal Current Biology, found that some habitual night owls have trouble getting enough sleep for weeks after the spring shift — which, in effect, demands that we all go to bed and get up an hour earlier.

3 Tips to Help:

Whatever your feelings about the end result, the transition to Daylight Saving Time is a challenge. 

So here are 3 ideas to help you manage this change:

  • Expect to feel tired after the change.  In the days after you change your clock, “springing ahead” starts to catch up with you.  So build in time to take care of yourself.  I don’t advise taking a nap, though, as that will make it harder to get to sleep at night.
  • Pay close attention to your health over the next few days.  Drink plenty of water, and aim to get to bed as early as you can. And sleep for 7-8 hours if possible.  Give your body time to get back into a rhythm.
  • Be patient with yourself and with family and friends.  Knowing up front that this can be a difficult transition helps you avoid unnecessary conflicts.  If you find yourself feeling frazzled and cranky, try to take some space to regain perspective.

How does springing forward into Daylight Saving Time affect you? 

What will you do to prepare? 

After the fact, reflect on how things worked for you and keep the information for next year.

And for more help…

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

Let’s explore time together …

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