7 things to do to cope with Daylight Saving Time
Sunday morning was nice, having that extra hour to lounge around before heading out for the day. Thank God for our cell phones and cable boxes, assuring us, yes it was this weekend to turn back the clocks.
Don't forget the range, the microwave, bedside clock and kitchen wall clock. Then of course, there's your car. Driving in my car yesterday, after having adjusted the clock earlier in the day, I noticed I needed my headlights on at 4:30PM!
"This is gonna suck", was uttered by many a Jersey driver, and not just for driving. Although there is a spike in fatal accidents the Monday following the time change, there are other things you can do to help yourself get through these "dark days."
1. Have a night time ritual
Make a habit of slowing your body down. Take a warm shower,
turn off the TV, cell phone, computer and dim the lights.
2. Keep your schedule
Wake up the same time you've been waking up and take a week
or so to gradually bump it up to standard time.
3. Avoid long naps
You may feel like you need a good long afternoon nap. Power
through it and save your sleep for tonight!
4. Use a box light or sun lamp
Make sure to follow all manufacturer's instructions, but the extra l helps the body and mind cope with less sunlight which could lead
mood swings and depression.
5. Get some real sun
Make time during the day to be out in the sun and absorb vitamin D naturally for at least 10 to 15 minutes a day.
6. Pump up the Vitamin D
There are plenty of supplements at the drugstore and there are plenty of foods rich in vitamin D. Some of them include swordfish, salmon, tuna, milk, yogurt, sardines, eggs, and cereals fortified with vitamin D.
Force yourself to take an extra long walk or run and if that's not practical, fifteen minutes of a simple floor workout can do the trick!
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