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5 Lessons You Can Take From Daylight Saving Time

5 Lessons You Can Take From Daylight Saving Time

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 cant 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.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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1:40AM PST on Jan 27, 2015

Thank you!

6:45PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

I am one of those who like daylight savings time, however wish we could just stay on Day Light Savings and not fuss with the clocks two times a year. The only reason I like it is because when one works a normal job 9-5, it's hard to drive home-- or to take transit in the dark (I do both and I don't like walking in the dark alone from the bus). It seems like you get no daylight on work days except for a short time on your way to work. Also it's easier to be more active outdoors when it's light outside, take walks, garden, mow the lawn, wash the car, etc... Plus, spring DLS always means spring!

As far as the post, I find that the last item---"find the good in the bad"--- always helpful in any situation.

3:23AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:49AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014


6:21AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

There's always something learnt

4:33PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014


8:52AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014


8:46PM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Thank you!

12:48PM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

some good responses

10:27PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

meh, it's something I'm used to

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