Did you struggle to wake up on time today? If you live in an area that follows Daylight Saving Time (Sunday, March 9, for many in North America), you may have felt the time change.
As I wrote when we turned our clocks “back” to standard time, switching between Daylight Saving and back can be hard on a body and soul.
So, as I am working to adjust to the change “ahead” to Daylight Saving Time, I thought I would try a different approach and think about what I can glean that is positive — or, at least helpful.
Here are a few things that I have come up with. Do you have others that work for you? Let me hear them.
Things are always changing. Like it or not, and whether we want them to or not, they change. And, the advantage of knowing something is going to change at least is that it let’s us prepare for it.
Some things just require acceptance. You cannot control everything. I may not like losing an hour of sleep and trying to convince myself to stop trying to figure out what time it “really” is, I need to just accept that this is happening and realize that unless I choose to move somewhere else, or make an even more drastic life change, some things are really just out of my control.
Misery loves company. There are many things that humans share, one of those is bitching about things that are universally annoying. This is one of those things. Instead of focusing on the negative (yes, it is darker in the morning; yes, we “lose” an hour’s sleep; and yes, not everyone in the world, or even our own country, adopts daylight saving time), but try to find something positive about it. For me, the “extra” hour of sunlight makes up for it and makes me more productive even though I am sleepier.
You can‘t please everyone. This is related to the one above. I have found that for every friend I have that says they absolutely hate Daylight Saving Time, there’s another that loves it! I have found this to be true of most things in life, from my writing to my teaching, I have had people sitting in the same class evaluate me and say I am the best teacher on the planet, while another says I am the worst. I guess that’s just human nature.
Find the good in the bad. This is one of the biggest things I have been working on — I even started my own gratitude jar. By consciously stopping to take a look at the reality of your life, what surrounds you, you are forced to slow down and to see things in a more positive way. For me, since I love to exercise/walk outdoors, the longer sunlight means that I will be more likely to get my regular walks in without worrying about walking alone in the dark.