It’s nearly that time of year again: turning the clocks back an hour and experiencing less sunlight. While it seems like there’s nothing you can do about this natural, yearly occurrence, you can! Don’t let the darker mornings and nights get you down—follow these tips to keep the blues of daylight savings at bay.
Get outside as much as possible.
Pretty much any health-related article includes this tip, because it can lighten any mood and helps you stay fit all the same. Try to get outside when the sun’s still out so you soak up as much vitamin D as you can throughout these months.
Eat your greens
Don’t forget to fill your plate with plenty of leafy greens—kale, arugula, romaine, and the like. This can help with cooking your own meals instead of eating out too much as well. Make a point to eat well, as healthy food is shown to have a direct correlation to your state of mind.
Keep your home cozy
Investing time (and maybe some money) in your home can truly do wonders for your happiness this fall. Whether that means adding more throw pillows, a few thicker blankets, candles, and other cozy elements, this can all help make the home somewhere you truly want to be after a long day.
Keep your calendar full
While it’s important to take time for yourself, having a special occasion to look forward to can keep you on the move and doing those things you love to do. With the darker and colder months approaching, staying inside seems most appealing, but don’t forget to plan date nights, family dinner, and brunch with friends to continue feeling your best.
Go to bed earlier
Sure, this is easier said than done, but make it a goal to hit the hay half an hour to an hour earlier than you normally would. Losing that hour of sleep sometimes feels like it lasts a lot longer than the initial start of daylight savings. Try going to bed earlier to get your circadian rhythm back to normal.
Keep this advice in mind when daylight savings rolls around and you need that boost of motivation to stay positive.