As we prepare to embrace the fall season, we also gear up to set our clocks back one hour. In honor of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, November 4th, at 2:00 am, we “fall behind” an hour, which many people embrace. (Hello, extra hour of sleep). However, there are still some who dread the dark days of fall and winter. Here are five ways you can embrace Daylight Saving Time and make it work to your advantage this fall.
Fun Fact: The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (often called “Summer Time”) is to make better use of daylight during the spring and summer months. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to evening to extend the day. Learn more about the history of Daylight Saving Time here.
During the long days of summer, the sun doesn’t set until until well after 8 p.m., which can prompt us to stay out later and longer. However, during the fall season, the sun begins to set earlier (as early as 4:30 p.m. during the heart of winter), so why not use it to your advantage and get to bed earlier? We could all use some more sleep, so embrace the darkness instead of cursing it and catch some extra zzz’s.
Exposure to bright, natural light first thing in the morning signals the start of the day to your body. It energizes us and prepares us for the day ahead, so make it a point to get some exposure to natural light first thing in the morning. All the more reason to shift your evening workouts to the morning hours! Whether you go for a brisk morning walk/run or just open your curtains as you go through a morning yoga flow, get some sun!
During Daylight Saving Time, our bodies are working to adjust our internal clocks to the Earth’s rhythm of the new season, which can actually be more challenging than it sounds! It’s important to feel connected to the Earth during this adjustment, so get grounded with lots of nutritious foods like dark leafy greens, healthy fats and grounding foods such as root vegetables and warming spices.
Fall (and winter) is the yin to the yang of spring and summer, so embrace the desire to stay in and honor your biological need to hibernate. Lay low, rest, light some candles, turn inward to yourself and reflect. Writing and journaling during this time of year can lead to some very insightful thoughts. Don’t feel like you have to do this solo either. Plan a fall themed potluck with close friends and schedule some community time even during the darker fall days.
Take advantage of the fall season to mindfully splurge on a new set of essential oils. Adding a splash of peppermint or citrusy scents to your morning shower will create a stimulating steam. Peppermint in particular is a powerful energizer and will help you start your day off in a way that creates mental space and clarity. After showering, indulge in your at-home spa experience even further by applying magnesium lotion. Magnesium helps our bodies energize in the morning and fall asleep sooner at night. Talk about a win win!
While falling behind and embracing Daylight Saving Time means cooler, darker days ahead, use this seasonal change to your advantage and give back to yourself with these five tips.