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It’s time to turn that clock forward and say hello to longer days and later sunsets! But are you feeling a little out of whack from losing an hour of sleep? Maybe it’s the morning darkness that’s throwing you off, or maybe you’re just having trouble adjusting your body clock. Who knew this yearly 60-minute change could make such a difference in our routine? If you are anything like me, “springing forward” really puts a wrench in my schedule (but let’s be honest, those pre-sunset commutes sure are beautiful).
Here are four wellness tips and real-life hacks that can help you adapt to Daylight Savings Time:
The hour difference can mess with your sleep schedule. And if you live in one of these sleepless cities, changing the clock can become an issue. Allow yourself time to adjust. If the evening sunlight is disruptive, maybe it’s time to invest in a luxurious sleep mask. Or if it’s impossible to open your eyes in the morning because it’s so dark out, don’t fight it! Welcome those extra hours of zzzz’s until you feel like your body is back on track (on weekends of course).
The struggle can be real when it comes to embracing Daylight Savings Time. One *major* thing that helps me adjust to the sun being out til 7 PM? My nighttime ritual—specifically my bedtime ritual. It always keeps me on track and helps me unwind after a long workday. Accept the longer sunny hours by getting cozy before hitting the sheets. Take time to rest and relax. Ditch technology and unwind with a book. Or diffuse some of your favorite essential oils. These two things alone help me adapt in a routine that feels right to me.
Does the extra hour of darkness throw off your morning fitness game? If you’re having a hard time getting back into your regular workout schedule, try booking a new class. It can add a little extra excitement to your calendar! Maybe the extra daylight after work has you all about those sun salutations at a sunset meditation session. Or do colder, darker mornings have you warming up to hot yoga? I always like to add a different exercise (or two) to my routine when the seasons (and the clocks) change.
Of course, the extra daylight gives us even more time to get out into the great outdoors. Whether it’s a quick walk during lunch, a Saturday afternoon hike, or a brisk walk with your dog at sunset, spending time outside in the sunlight is one easy way to help your body adjust to seasonal jet lag. A few steps and some fresh air can make a huge difference in your day.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.