However, as with any situation we can't really control, we still have choices. One choice here is to let our inner optimists come out, and look on the bright side of the situation. Using reframing techniques to see the positives in this situation can help us feel happier and less frustrated about it, even if we're working in a state of sleep deprivation.
I was able to count a few positives to Daylight Saving Time:
- The intended benefit of DST is to shift the amount of daylight we have in a way that makes it fit more conveniently with our lifestyles. This can work in our favor right now, in that we now have an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon, and our daylight hours will stretch about a minute further each day until Summer. This leaves many of us with more daylight hours on the weekends (when we'll perhaps be sleeping in and missing the extra morning darkness anyway), and provides some of us with extra time after work or school to enjoy being outside. Some of us are already experiencing beautiful Spring-like weather, and many more of us will soon--perfect for a walk before dinner for those who can schedule it in, or a little extra time outside with kids.
- This gives us an opportunity to take stock in our lives. Realizing how important just one hour is, we might review our schedules and see if there are any activities we're doing that are just taking up time and energy, and not serving us well, and we might be inspired to eliminate these drains. Seeing how much we miss an extra hour of sleep, we might be inspired to do what it takes to get better sleep starting now. The hassle of DST might just prove to be an inspiration.
- We'll all find ourselves with an extra hour of weekend in the Fall! As much as many people hate the idea of losing that precious hour of weekend time now, most of us will thoroughly appreciate the extra hour when it's returned to us in the Fall. At least it always comes back!
- Effects and Management of Sleep Deprivation
- Dangers of Daylight Saving Time
- Cognitive Reframing: Why and How it Works
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