Last Sunday morning, most of us here in Canada and the US (for what I know) switched again to daylight savings time. Meaning that once again we had to move our clocks back one hour, losing an hour of sleep, and is so happen that until spring, the daylight time will be much less and automatically we will notice that it get dart really early.
The theory behind daylight savings time may be different depend who or where you live.
It is clear that if we near the equator, day and night are the same length (12 hours). But as we know here in Canada and USA since we are in the colder climate, we have more daylight time during the summer. Looking in reality, by changing into day light time we notice that it gets dark much earlier in the evening.. at 5pm here where I live is already dark which in the summer, it may be 9-10pm… most times that is the time is nice to go for a walk or just stay outdoor…
Now you may be wondering, where this nickc is getting too… I am getting to share with you that as expected, this sudden change of hours the sun is visible during the day, is having a negative effect on my psyche and perhaps in many others as well.
In fact, doctors say: “In addition to losing an hour of sleep, the effect of less sunlight and shorter days can make this time of year the most difficult for depression, seasonal affective disorder and dysthymia.”
I am not sure what all this mean, but for my personal experience I noticed some changes in the past few days some sadness showed up and made me feel down in some ways, and I almost can alien with the time the change to daylight savings time, come in effect last weekend, so if you feel the same, you’re not alone.
Once I noticed what was happening (I live alone in the deep woods and it seem like it is getting darker earlier here haha I start to devise some things so I could cheer up.
One example I can share here is that since I usually spend most of the day behind my desk, so every 30 minutes or so, I get up and do something else.. like eating or showering, or read a book while walking up and down in the living room where there is more light from a huge window overlooking nature, I also wash dishes in the kitchen and sometime do some cleaning up of my workspace.
I noticed the other day that I had things piled up since last year, so I sorted them out a little and the rest went in the waste basket…and you know what? It was an amazing act because I felt amazingly better and relieved …and when I went back to sit down on my desk to continue working… I felt as refreshed as I went for a walk.
I did some research and I found out that winter time, since all the air inside can be dusty, the computer vents must be looked after so I buy something that is called “Dust Off” and start cleaning the vents every couple of days. I was surprised of the dust accumulated at the opening and I am sure that cleaning will prevent the computer to over heath and run better.
Another part of the day that I made changes was adjusting my daily schedule so that I made certain to go for a walk around 1-2 pm.. taking advance of the sun, It has been cold and wet here, but after bundling up, it was fine… better than stay indoor all day haha
I know in winter is essential to take vitamin D and what else better source than the sun?
The above info was not as complete as it should be but I trust this short article will give you some explanations of some changes that have occurred in the last week or so and this way you are advised to pay attention and take care.
The information above is simple and down to earth… BUT the importance to look after our well being is huge and very important for ours elves and the one we love… Please share it with others if you truly care… THANKS.
_I am nickc