In case you didn’t know, I DESPISE Daylight Savings Time. Yes, it’s easier to adjust in the fall but I still hate it. Our society has enough problems getting enough quality sleep, we don’t need something making it worse. My inner crazy lady thinks it’s a conspiracy to keep all of us hard-working people a little off-balance.
What I do know is that my pets cannot tell time and neither did my kids when they were young. They run on internal clocks that we mess up twice a year and it just wreaks havoc. Now, it’s hard enough to get a teenager up, but this hour earlier thing is brutal. They are exhausted and not meant to be up this early. Heck, it messes me up for weeks trying to get back to my “normal” routine.
This year, I am trying something new because I was inspired by my friend, Carol. She decided to just get up and not go back to sleep for the hour. Now she is using that extra hour in the morning to meditate, something she struggled to do before. No changing her internal clock, no struggle…just peace.
With that inspiration, I got out of bed this morning at 4:45am and got myself ready for the gym. I worked out and was back home before I had to wake my son up. It was great! I didn’t feel like going to the gym but getting the exercise done early gave me more time in my work schedule and I have felt energetic all day. It was a win-win.
By dinner, I am sure I will be exhausted and my lights will go out even earlier, which is quite embarrassing already. Deciding to use the change in time to my benefit is much better than trying to adjust my body’s clock. Maybe my clock will change naturally or maybe I will find that I like getting up earlier and getting my day started with some exercise. Time will tell.
What I do know is it feels much better to look on the bright side of this terrible situation and turn it into something beneficial. There is always another perspective or choice to make.
Like making lemonade out of lemons.
What could you use that extra hour for if you didn’t sleep in?