How you get over the so called Daylight Savings Time Blues?

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 DSCN5329[1]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 DSCN5333[1]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?

It is known that in winter as long as we get enough Vitamin D from the sun, (ItDSCN5334[1] is said 15 minutes a day is enough) our body and our overall health improve.

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

 

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14 Responses to How you get over the so called Daylight Savings Time Blues?

  1. Hi Nick!

    A lack of light and vitamin D can really take it’s toll on us. In our new home, we made the biggest room our office because of the sunlight all year round. David and I spend most of our time there, so we know the importance of light.

    And yes, as it gets cold, it does get dusty. I am allergic to dust, so I use dust off too. I also have the heating ducts in my home cleaned before it gets cold.

    Another thing I do is leave the window open a few inches while I sleep. If I don’t it gets too hot and wakes me up!

    I remember what my mother did in the winter and I do it to this day. Every day she would open the windows to get “fresh air” in the house…room by room.

    Well, it’s the dark days are here Nick but the good thing is that on December 21st, it starts getting lighter. I look forward to that!

    -Donna
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    • Donna,
      love your way of living and I am certain many others do as well.. it is a reminder of how great is to look after ours selves and not depend on others… congratulation and wish you and David continue doing what is best fro ever :-)

      The habit to leave the window open just a bit at night, is something I have been doing as well for years… after someone else shared the importance of it.. and what your loving mother used to do and passed on to you (to open windows every day) is something I knew it from my mother as well, but I must say I forgot… THANKS for reminding me, I will do that now and continue doing every day I am home…

      Yourconstructive ending of the comment.. made me feel good already, I look forward to Dec, 21 haha :-)

      Thanks for reading the article Donna and for your very useful and positive comment.
      _nickc

  2. Interesting read Nick. We don’t change the clocks in Hawaii but of course the time change elsewhere effects us in other ways. I like your idea about creating mood enhancers as a way of dealing with added hours in the dark. Thanks for the inspiration :-)
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    • Marquita,
      thanks for reading the article, for your comment that made so much sense.. yes, the change of time on the clock is just matter of changing numbers, but what ever is changing in the atmosphere, will always affect everyone and everything.. it is just mater of paying attention and adjust, no matter when we are.

      Thanks so much again.
      _nickc

  3. Nile says:

    Daylight Saving Time is just that hour back and forth, so it really doesn’t screw with my schedule. I just continue through it as normal.

    I just don’t like cold weather and usually the Fall Daylight Saving Time reminds me that cold weather is on the way.
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    • Nile,
      you are correct.. this changing time back and forth should not affect anything or anyone.. but as so many other things.. just that small hour back… is often affecting so many.. perhaps it is some kind of brainwashing.. I never knew anything like this in my younger years and never knew any changes either haha :-)

      And by the way.. you are not the only one who does not like cold.. every time November come, My mind is thinking where can I go that the weather is warm haha :-)

      Thanks for reading the article and your comment.
      _nickc

  4. Eldon Beard says:

    Hey Nick, we’ve always had Daylight Savings Time here, so I’ve grown used to it. It doesn’t affect me very much, really. One thing I have noticed – when we turn the clocks back in October, and it starts to get dark earlier, my evenings seem longer and more productive. I know that’s all in my head, but I seem to get into “indoor work mode” after dark so that give me a perceived extra hour. :)
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    • Eldon,
      nice to know you always have Daylight Day Saving Time.. I guess you did not get brainwashed as most of us did haha :-)

      well, I am very happy to finally read something positive coming from the changing of time in the fall.. very happy that works for you… now that you mentioned this, I share with you something that I have used for many, many years and it always worked wonders.. I use the winter months to get used to go to sleep earlier.. and so I can get up early in the morning:-) That is my productive time :-) So I go to sleep in the and get up in the dark.. no sweat, no changes, no worry about time… I just keep on doing what I like to do and when done I quit and take a shower.. so if is 8am, or 11am.. it makes no difference.

      Thanks for reading the article and for your supporting comment.
      _nickc

  5. Rick Lelchuk says:

    Nick,

    The change in time in the winter affects many people. It’s called seasonal affective disorder and it’s very real. Your suggestions to keep busy, clean things, get interested in something unusual are well taken. Those affected should really work hard not to fall into a wintery funk.

    I still don’t know why we change the time, do you?

    RICK
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    • Rick,
      I am with you.. yes, many people get affected by time change and I did not know the name given to the one who is affected, but THANKS for sharing.

      What I shared as an advice is what I always done.. I have been like this for as long as I can remember.. every time something is not in balance, I do anything to get back into balance and most time I get it right haha :-)

      Glad you found the suggestions helpful.

      You asked the wrong guy if I am aware why they change times.. I can repeat what is written every where, BUT I do not believe of any of them.. so my friend, my answer is.. no one know for certain and every one makes up what ever they like or what ever is beneficial to them in one way or another…

      One think I know for certain…when most people did not have clocks or watches or did not have much in life… daylight saving time was not a concern if there was any or not.. and that is where I belong.. I just do not pay attention except in case I need to set appointments and if that is the case, I just do it so I do not make the other people upset haha :-)
      Thanks for reading and posting your comment.
      _nickc

  6. Nick, It”s the same over here in Europe. Those cold dark nights come very early, around 4pm! I’m not a fan of short days, but I find not only taking vitamin D helps but eating foods that remind you of summer helps psychologically as well :)
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    • Michael,
      wow, you are not only “The Food Curator” but You are also a people curator….

      I was aware of the early coming of dark nights (especially in England with all those rainy days… But what you shared with me here in your comment about foods that remind me of summer days.. well, I never though of that..

      Now I know when I happen to buy something that is normally only available in Summer here (but comes from warmer locations like Mexico) my feelings are good…. wow, this is a new thing for me… Thanks so much for reading the article and for your insightful comment.
      _nickc

  7. Hello Nick, I am ot sure how I missed this article-> How you get over the so called Daylight Savings Time Blues? HUM?

    You talk about getting Sun well I don’t think we have seen this for over a week and let me tell you I for can tell. It seems that everyone I talk to is “CRABBY”

    I guess I should send them here LOL! I don’t really like that it does get dark before dinner time although the days will start getting longer here shortly Right we do have something to look forward to.

    I am going to start cleaning out a few baskets let’s see if this helps. You are so Funny! Love You My Friend!! Happy Holidays! Chery :) )
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    • Chery,
      so you missed one of my article, what is the matter with you???????

      Yes, with so many people that you are associated with, missing some is easy, we all do that from time to time haha:-)

      You are not in any better position than us here.. I believe you are the same… and yes, it is nice to look forward to long sunny days ahead :-)

      For sure, getting busy cleaning or doing any other tasks indoor.. will help forget that it is dark outside… so now I know your nice and cosy cottage will be more clean..

      Thanks so much and thanks for the best wishes as well my friend.
      _nickc

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