Ugggghhhh the time change. I honestly can’t remember whose brilliant idea it was to move the clock around but they should be ashamed of themselves. Because twice a year the traumatic event of moving the clock just one hour has a huge toll on all of our bodies. However! Adjusting to the time change can actually be easier than we might think with a little bit of concerted effort.
I saw this cartoon and I can’t find it now, where the girl is all upset because of the time change and how she’s so tired and she doesn’t know if it’s night or day, etc. That is totally me!
However, last year I got so mad at the time change I was determined to overcome it quicker than normal. So, I experimented and here’s what I came up with.
Well, let’s start with what not to do. You may or may not get a chuckle at my expense on this.
Adjusting to the Time Change What Not to Do #1 – Don’t Fight It
Do not fight it. Believe me, it doesn’t work. Plus, fighting it doesn’t mean that your kids are going to sleep longer or less. Their body clocks aren’t going to automatically change.
Believe me, I fought the system for a really long time. There were many years since I graduated high school that I tried to fight the system and stay on the same schedule.
Here’s what I mean, and fair warning this probably won’t make sense. I tried to literally stay on the same hour no matter what the clock said.
So, if it was spring and the clock jumped forward an hour, and it said 9:00, I would pretend it was still 8:00.
This means that when the clock said 11:00, I would crawl in bed because my body said it was 10:00. Same goes for meal times. If the clock said 6:30, I’d eat because my body said it was 5:30.
What a bozo. My body was so confused. There was literally more confusion with me fighting it instead of just going with the flow. I was constantly doing math as to what time my body thought it was and trying to stay with a schedule.
It was an absolute nightmare. Learn from me, don’t fight the inevitable.
Besides, you’re going to be the only one doing this, and if you try to put your kids down quicker or later or whatever it is, it’s just going to
Adjusting to the Time Change What Not To Do #2 – Stop Talking About It
For the love of sunlight (see what I did there?) stop talking about it. It really does make it worse.
Now, before you get mad at me. I am the queen complainer when it comes to time change. Literally the queen complainer here, I even made a few smart remarks in the first few sentences of this post!
However, when we continue to complain about the time change there are things that happens in our brains that makes us think that things are worse than they really are.
Let’s dig a little deeper here.
When we focus on the negative, such as the hour mess up in our schedule, we tend to convince ourselves that it is actually worse than it really is!
So, when we’re tired from the time change and we say “ugh it’s the stupid time change” we’re actually making it worse.
Because we’re dwelling on the negative we’re putting ourselves in a terrible mood.
Focus on the positive. Focus on what is going well in your life and what is going well that very day.
Even if you’re having the most horrible of days, focus on what is going right. Even if the only thing right in your day is your cup of coffee. Focus on your amazeballs cup of coffee.
Trust me- it works.
Adjusting to the Time Change What TO DO
Okay! Let’s move onto what to do.
She said what?
Yes, girl. Embrace the time change. Why? Because it really is your only option. Nothing is going to change, the time is what it is. So, why not make the best of it?
Instead of making yourself miserable, embrace it.
How? Well, let’s talk about a few steps that I have figured out.
Adjust your bedtime by 30 minutes and then work your way back.
Let’s say that you typically go to bed around 10:30 and the clock falls back. Go to bed at 10 for a few weeks then adjust it back to 10:30.
Think I’m crazy? Well, to be fair, you’re not wrong.
However, ‘crazy’ gets stuff done and this works.
Let’s take this a step further though. Taking our 10:00 example, let’s say that you’re having a hard time getting calm and getting your body to sooth itself.
- Run yourself a bath, wash your hair and scrub yourself down. Make yourself really clean. This has a calming effect and your body will start to get itself ready for sleep.
- When you get out, put on your lotion and your jammies, set your alarm and put your phone away for the night. Turn off the lights except for a lamp and for the next 5-10 minutes stretch and relax. Your muscles are nice and warm from the bath so your stretching will go beautifully.
- Now just turn off the light and crawl in bed! Sweet dreams!
Believe me. You will be amazed at how sleepy you feel and how ready for bed you’ll be.
After a week maybe two of this routine you’ll be on the new time schedule and ready to roll!
So! As the inevitable approaches and the time change is upon us…
Remember to really try to make things positive. Joke around, laugh, be silly about it.
But never take it too seriously.
You probably think I’m a nutcase by the bedtime routine I laid out, but you know what? I’m okay with that assessment because I know it works. It’s true, it absolutely works.
Adjusting yourself to the time change slowly and purposefully will set you up for success of not being so tired and so out of whack.
One more quick tip– as you adjust your eating schedule to the time change, same thing applies, if you can adjust your eating times by around 30 minutes just like bedtime, do that. If you can’t, don’t panic, just allow yourself extra healthy snacks during the morning!
The time change really isn’t AS big of a deal as we make it out to be, so let’s not let ourselves get too terribly bent out of shape about it.
After all, it’s only an hour. ?