Ways to Deal With Daylight Saving Time

Survive The Shorter Days

By Nikki Sunshine - November 13, 2017

 

  Daylight Saving Time comes around twice a year, inconveniencing people all over the world. For most people, the shorter winter days can cause more stress and fatigue. Especially if you are in an industry where your company is more busy during the holidays, this can negatively effect your productivity and well-being.

Here are 7 Ways to Deal With Daylight Savings Time:
 

Adjust Your Sleep Cycle

The time change always happens on a Sunday morning. In the case of losing an hour in the Spring, start on Thursday night by going to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal. Increase that by 30 minutes each night until you go to bed a full hour early on Saturday night. When you wake up on Sunday morning and you have lost an hour, you will still have gotten a full night’s sleep.

When it comes to gaining an hour in the Fall, reflect on how oversleeping may affect you. If you are not bothered by an extra hour of sleep, then go about your day normally as if nothing even happened. If an extra hour will throw you off, then be sure to set your alarm to wake you up an hour earlier than normal. Use that extra hour for self-care that you may not typically have time to do, like meditating, exercising or meal prepping.

 

Resist the Urge to Sleep In

When you lose an hour in the Spring, it may sound like a great idea to sleep in. However, if you already follow a sleep schedule, this could totally throw you off! Instead, go to sleep an hour earlier and wake up at the same time you always do- preserving your established sleep pattern.

Eliminate Caffeine and Alcohol

Toxins such as caffeine, alcohol, and even sugar in large amounts can affect the quality of your sleep. Avoid consuming these things at all on Saturday, if possible. If you must have that morning coffee, just limit your intake to mid-day so that your body has time to process these things before it’s time to wind down for bed.

 

Limit Screen Use

Just as toxins can inhibit sleep, so can the blue light and stimulation from mobile phone screens, computers and television screens. Keep brain stimulation to a minimum before bedtime to ensure your sleep is beneficial and not restless. Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea or do something breathing and mindful meditation- but whatever you do, try not to stare at any screens. This will contribute to a restful night’s sleeping, cutting down on any negative effects from the time change.

 

Set a Reminder to Manually Change Clocks

Modern technology adjusts to the time change on its own. If you are used to this, it’s easy to forget to manually change any analog clocks. This can include watches, microwave or stove clocks, and the time in your car. Set yourself a reminder to change these clocks. If you forget, you will likely give yourself a slight panic attack when you get into your car and see the wrong time! We’ve all been there before.

 

Stay Healthy

Some can do these things and still feel sluggish and foggy from the time change. Keeping up with hydration, exercise, and healthy eating will allow your body to process this change most effectively. Many people resort to an overload of caffeine, sugar, and unhealthy foods to make themselves feel better. While you may feel better temporarily, it will likely take longer for you to adjust and get back to maximum productivity.

 

Keep Up with Sunlight Exposure

Sunlight is vital to the production of the hormones serotonin and melanin in your brain. According to Steven D Targum, MD and Norman Rosenthal, MD, “14 percent of the adult US population suffers from a lesser form of seasonal mood changes, known as winter blues”. This can also be called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). A healthy amount of sunlight exposure will help avoid falling victim to SAD when the time changes in the Fall. This can even happen in the Spring, when you lose your morning sun.


 



 

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4 Reasons Why You Are Burning Out

Get Through The Rest Of The Day With These Tips

By Carolina Cuartas - September 12, 2017

This article is for those who has ever stared at the screen wondering how he or she will get the motivation to get it through the rest of the day. Don’t worry, you are not alone.

 

You Don't Give Yourself A Break

Walk away from your desk and refresh your mind. This doesn’t mean quickly eating your lunch in the break room. This means meditation, unplugging, running a few errands, or even taking a power nap.   You’ll be more engaged and productive the rest of the day.

 

You Aren't Paying Attention To Your Posture

Paying attention to good posture can help prevent injury in the future. Most common form of bad posture is when people bend forward at the waist when sitting at a desk. To improve your posture, keep your feet on the ground, don’t cross your legs, use your backrest to support your low- and mid-back, and relax your shoulders. Making simple adjustments in posture decrease the chance of depression, decreased circulation, and burnout.

 

 

You Don’t Sit Still

Sitting stagnant with produce stagnant thoughts. An easy way to get moving is by stretching (Yoga Poses You Can Do At Your Desk), going for a walk, getting up to grab a snack. Get that blood flowing and move around!

 

You Don’t Exercise

I know you hear this over and over again, but exercise really helps prevent burnout. A recent Australian study found that participants who added exercise to their daily routine had less mental distress, mental exhaustion, and perceived stress than those who hadn’t incorporated exercise. It’s SO important that you find time to exercise. Once you realize that the hardest part about exercising is getting your butt to the gym, you won’t be as stressed and tired at work.

 
 

These are only a few ways to manage burnout at work, but ultimately finding ways to prevent burnout is the best way to go. Really think about what is causing you to feel this way. Are you overloaded with work? Is it because of poor diet? Are you co-workers unfriendly to you? These are questions you should be asking and tackling them is the only way you’ll avoid burnout.


 
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Inexpensive Ways To Spend Your Labor Day Weekend Like A CEO

Three Day Weekend Like A CEO

By Carolina Cuartas - August 31, 2017

This Labor Day weekend, make mindful decisions on how you spend it. Read how to spend your three day weekend like a CEO without breaking the budget. They know how important it is to take time to refuel and refresh for the week ahead.


Here are some ideas:


Work On Your Bucket List
Don’t already have one? Create one and check at least one off. Think about what YOU want to do during your life and work towards those goals! Your bucket list should include both long-term and short-term goals.

How to Make A Bucket List


 
Get Ready For The Workweek Ahead
A three day weekend is important is destress and take time off work. Plan ahead by taking time to go through documents and sort what needs to be deleted, sorted, re-named, and/or color-coded. Go through your to-do list and prioritize what needs to be done and what you can get rid of. Come into work prepared for the week ahead, rather than feeling overwhelmed.

 
"Most of what they do happens before they leave for a long weekend so that they are psychologically free to relax and enjoy it," a national workplace expert and author, Lynn Taylor explains.

Zen Your House
I recommend starting this project by silencing your phone and playing some relaxing music. A downtempo or ambient mix will work best for creating a upbeat, but tranquil environment.  Light an incense or spray your favorite cleansing fragrance (eucalyptus spray is a great, cheap option).
Now, you are ready to zen out your house. Start by de-cluttering, adding plants, let the light in, play around with earthy, light colors, and remove an unnecessary decor. It'll boost your mood and make you more productive.

Importance of Plants in the House

                  












 


Catch Up On Sleep
If you aren’t getting enough snooze during the week, make sure to allow yourself to sleep in or sleep early.

 
Make A Playlist Of New Podcast
Podcast is a cheap, easy way to learn and promote self-development. Make a list of what you want to get better at or what you are working towards, and make different playlist with relating Podcast.


 
Go Camping
Feel like you need to getaway? Go camping! Camping is an inexpensive and fun way to get away from the hustle and bustle. Don’t have camping gear? Ask a friend!

 
Practice Yoga
The benefits of yoga is seemingly endless. It’ll improve your posture, recharge your body and mind, keeps your mind clear, boosts your mood, relaxes your system, promotes better sleep, improves your self-esteem, and so much more!
Find donation-based or free yoga classes in your area. If you’re Denver, RiNo Yoga Social is my go-to yoga studio for donation-based or free yoga classes.


 
Do What You’re Passionate About
Do you like to paint, read, rock climb, or bike? Unwind by doing what makes you happy. Or, learn a new hobby that can potentially turn into a passion.
 
Spend Time With Your Family and Friends
Most importantly, spend time with your family and friends. There is no better way to decompress and get your mind off work than sharing laughter with the ones you love!
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