As we prepare to move the clocks ahead an hour for the beginning of Daylight Savings, it’s normal to be a little anxious about how “losing” that extra hour will throw you off. Daylight Savings can be disruptive to our circadian rhythms, and those of us who struggle with the time change, know that this springing ahead causes a number of challenging ripple effects to our daily lives.
Having struggled with that Daylight Savings transition myself in the past, I know very well that this one-hour change can wreak havoc on one’s mental and physical well-being. Clients often share that during this time, they feel off their game, that their self-esteem takes a hit, their sleep routines are off, and that food cravings abound.
So, how does one make the necessary adjustments to navigate Daylight Savings in a healthy manner? I’m so glad you asked!
Some of the things I suggest to my clients include:
- Going easy on yourself! Try not to be critical of how you’re feeling, but rather embrace ways in which you can support your body.
- Limit your coffee consumption; too much caffeine can disrupt your GI system and can bring about jitters and heart palpitations.
- Drink water like it’s your job! Water consumption is so important, I dedicated a whole chapter of my book to it.
- Plan ahead for cravings! Remember that when we adjust to a time change, it’s not uncommon for cravings to creep in, so get curious about them, rather than critical.
- Focus on your sleep hygiene, keeping in mind that putting pressure on yourself to fall asleep at a certain time will only exacerbate the problem. Keep the room cool and dark and keep electronics out of site. Essential oils and a few minutes of meditation can help immensely with making it easier to drift off..
- Keep in mind that the disruption in our sleep patterns can make it harder to recognize hunger and fullness cues, so and plan ahead by eating foods that help balance out your blood sugar levels.
- Remember that there is incredible power in small changes and in showing yourself compassion, so be gentle on yourself. Focus on moving forward one step at a time.
Ultimately, if you find yourself struggling during Daylight Savings, remember the following: you’re not alone in the struggle, the effects of the time change are temporary, and you will make progress!
Want to learn more about how I help my clients make the adjustment to the time change? Make sure to listen to this podcast episode, dedicated fully to the topic.
My book, The Little Book Of Game Changers: 50 Healthy Habits For Managing Stress & Anxiety also has lots of tips you can try! It’s packed with some of my favorite little life hacks that have helped my clients reach their goals and maintain their results! You can snag your copy on Amazon.