"Open up your blinds Sunday morning and welcome the brighter rays of light. The end of Daylight Saving Time pushes sunrise back an hour as winter’s morning light will reach you sooner now. The sun is nature’s regulator and keeps our internal circadian rhythms on track. Besides working as our natural timekeeper, the sun is also a good pick-me-up as the days shorten. One study found morning light exposure to be the most effective treatment for cheering us up in the face of winter blues and seasonal affective disorder." ~ Ladders
Soak Up As Much Sunshine As You Can
I'm a night owl, so if I sleep the way I might be inclined to, as fall becomes winter, I'd get up later and later and go to sleep later & later. Which could mean, with the time change, that I'd feel like I missed most of the day.
And for winter blues sufferers, research suggests that the best light is morning light. So the best way to handle the shorter days, starting with Sunday's brand new one, is to expose yourself to as much sunshine and morning light, in general, every day that you can.
One article I read suggested going against the grain and getting up quite a bit earlier than you need to, so you have plenty of time to wake up and bathe in light as you do.
Grab a cup of tea and a book and plant yourself outside in sunlight or inside next to a big window in a well-lit room. Cozy it up & turn it into a hygge moment.
If you can add a 15-20 minute walk while it's still sunny, even better.
Gonna need a little extra help? Me, too! Try a dawn simulator. It could make getting up a lot easier and help to straighten out your circadian rhythm.
If falling back has never been your favorite day, I'm with you. But hopefully, by following the sun, we can make the best of it in a way that actually feels good. Eventually.
Have a great weekend!