(StatePoint) While many people look forward to the start of Daylight Saving time (DST), making the actual shift is not always so simple for your body, mind or schedule.
Here are a few ways to “spring forward” with ease:
1. Expect mornings to be a bit touch and go for the first several days. You may be extra groggy as your body adjusts to the new schedule. Luckily, there are plenty of eye-opening ways to energize your morning, including getting some exercise (even if it’s just a quick 5-10-minute routine), playing up-tempo music, hydrating and eating a healthful, protein-rich breakfast. And of course, there’s always coffee.
2. Likewise, it may take a few days before you start to feel sleepy at your typical bedtime. Create a wind-down routine in the evenings that will help relax you and get you primed to feel sleepy. This can include meditation, journaling and shutting down devices that emit blue light.
3. If you like to eat meals at a fixed time, you can adjust your schedule gradually over the space of four days by bumping meal times 15 minutes at a time in order to give your stomach a chance to catch up with the clock.
Don’t let the transition to longer evenings create undue stress for you and your family. With some smart strategies, you can adjust to DST with ease.