Hello divas! I hope that your have had a fantastic week and are looking forward to a wonderful weekend. I am sticking close to home, watching lots of March Madness basketball, probably doing my taxes (ugh) and generally just trying to relax a bit.
I am also glad that it will be my favorite night of the year this Saturday – Daylight Savings Time. I know that seems odd since our clocks have to be moved FORWARD. But as a runner in the south, I just love all the extra daylight.
But, as happens every year, it may take a few days to grow accustomed to the new time and the extra daylight. Our bodies just need some time to adjust. The good news is that it is lighter longer in the evenings (more outdoor running!) but it also means it is harder for me to get up and out the door in the mornings as I am driving to work in the dark. There are ways to help you body adjust, however. So today I am sharing my 4 tips to cope with Daylight Savings Time.
Stick to a schedule. One of the best ways to cope with Daylight Savings Time is to stick to your same schedule. You may be dragging for a little bit and, thus, having an extra cup of coffee (or Cafe Latte Shakeology for me!) in the morning, but your body will adjust in a few days and you won’t even notice it. Try not to add extra time in bed or go to bed early if you can as it just throws your body off, making you groggy or harder to get started in the mornings. Check out these habits and rituals for staying energized all day long.
Take a catnap. If you are just dead on your feet and can manage a nap (see my benefits of napping), don’t take a long one. A 20-30 minute catnap can work wonders on your energy level. A long nap can make it harder to fall asleep at night as you won’t be tired.
Sleep well. Be sure you are sleeping well for the first few nights until your body adjusts. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try coming up with ways to make the room completely dark to trick your body into thinking it’s time to sleep. Wear a sleep mask or get some blackout curtains for the windows. If you need help waking up and what feels like an earlier time, I always turn the lamp on as soon as the alarm goes off. Even if I stay in bed for an additional 15 minutes, at least I won’t completely go back to sleep because there is light. Also make sure that you have given your body plenty of time to digest from dinner. A full stomach can sometimes make it hard to sleep as well.
Workout. Exercise is a great way to help wake your body up and get ready for the day thanks to the serotonin that is released. I’m not much of a morning exerciser but when I do, it is always better than coffee.Daylight Savings Time is this weekend. Here are some easy ways to cope #healthy #healthylivingClick To Tweet
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