Daylight Saving Time Mistakes
By Sara Butler
It’s the time of year again in which you must set your clock forward by an hour. Maybe you love doing it because it heralds the arrival of spring or summer, or maybe you hate it because it throws off your kids' (and your own!) sleep schedule. No matter how you feel about daylight savings time, you may be making some pretty big mistakes when it’s time to alter your perception of time. Here are some daylight savings time mistakes you need to avoid going forward for your health.
Don’t Overschedule Yourself
You can’t treat the first few days of daylight savings time as you would any other day because it’s not. Research has shown that performance at work suffers in the days after the clocks change. This is for a pretty simple reason – you’re exhausted. But since you can’t just stop your life to get adjusted you need to come up with other ways to cope. If you are able, then you need to try to make your schedule at work light in the days after. That way you may not fall as far behind as you spend time loafing around on the internet.
Don’t Skip Exercise
You’re tired -- and that makes it that much harder to get your buns to the gym for your regular workout. One can argue that feeling this way is exactly the time you should get your buns to the gym for your regular workout!
The extra stress of getting up earlier than your internal body clock is used to is tough on your body, which means you need to keep up with your stress outlets, such as exercise, in order to stay healthy.
Don’t Skip Meals
Stress and sleep deprivation are a dangerous combination when it comes to your health and wellness. You may find yourself craving foods that aren’t that great for you as a result. Make sure you plan your meals ahead of time in order to keep yourself on track. You should plan out the menu for the week so you can’t veer too far off course.
Do Take Advantage of the Extra Light
The bright side to daylight saving time is that you get more sunlight! You just need to make sure you take advantage of it by getting outside after you’re done with work. You’ve spent the winter lamenting the lack of sun, so soak it up and take a nice walk after work or ride your bike. Just do something outside!
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