Find Time to "Fall Back" and Still Stay on Track!

Finding time to begin and end Daylight Saving Time each year is a ritual that most of us here in the United States are very familiar with.  (The exceptions here are Arizona, Hawaii, and part of Indiana, along with the territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.)

For many people, at least on the surface of it, the changeover in the fall is a net plus. Moving our clocks back an hour this coming Saturday night means an extra hour of sleep – or an extra hour of something, depending on what you decide to do with it.

However, it’s worth considering the fact that any transition or change can be disruptive as you are navigating it. And something as significant as changing the amount of daylight that we are likely to experience each day, can have a big impact!

For early risers, the end of Daylight Saving Time will mean seeing more light in the morning.  This is generally experienced as a benefit. For those who sleep a bit later, the impact will be the loss of light at the end of the day.

Studies suggest that the changes to and from Daylight Saving Time often lead to sleep disruption that can last for days, or even weeks. In addition, the loss of daylight at the end of the day can contribute to the sedentary-ness of our modern lifestyle. In other words, we’re all more likely to spend time on the couch once Daylight Saving Time is over.

That’s why it’s so helpful to plan ahead for these changes. Recognize what’s likely to happen, and figure out what you can do to keep yourself on course.

  • If, for example, you know that this change is likely to disrupt your sleep, try to plan for some extra sleep time, or for a quick, 20-minute nap when you hit a lull in your activities or your energy.
  • If you’re worried about weight gain as the hours of darkness lengthen, set yourself up with an exercise regimen to address that. It doesn’t have to be extensive – remember that even a little bit of exercise helps.
  • Carpe Diem! Remember that as challenging as transitions can be, they also provide points where new beginnings can be made.  It can, quite often, be easier to start a new routine when other changes are already taking place.

Are you planning for the time change this weekend?  How will you stay on track when your clocks fall back?

And speaking of staying on track … do you worry about what happens to your healthy choices, your work, and your selfcare during the holidays? Many people stress about this as the holidays approach – you’re certainly not alone.

And that’s why I’m so pleased to invite you to the 9th (and the last, for now) installment of my EducationRich and HeartBased Interview Teleseries! On Tuesday, November 16th from 7-8PM ET I’ll be interviewing “The Smart Woman’s Expert” Dr. Melissa McCreery about “Holiday Thriving: How to Take Charge of Stress, Overwhelm, and Overeating During the Holiday Season.Ready for some practical tips for staying on track with your healthy lifestyle and your stress? Then join us on the 16th. Can’t wait to “see” you on the call!

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up for your FREE Finding Time Success Kit. It puts 3 key tools for your time success right into your hands! Grab it and see how you can recharge your energy, reduce overwhelm and frustration, and come to learn that 24 hours really ARE enough!

Let’s explore time together …

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