November 13th, 2018
It’s that time of the year again when the seasons change. Maybe that means the leaves are changing colors, the first snowflakes are falling, the trees are blossoming, or the sun is stronger. Aside from the temperature changes and the new wardrobe that goes along with it, many other factors may arise when the seasons change, such as memories and mood shifts (Seasonal Affective Disorder). In particular, there is an overall adjustment to our daily routines and schedules as the clocks change when the seasons change.
One of the most obvious and unavoidable changes that occur during the changing of the seasons is daylight savings. Daylight savings is the time when we change the clocks either an hour forward or an hour backward in an effort to make better use of the natural light during the daytime. This happens twice a year: Spring
Due to these scheduled time changes that occur twice a year, we are forced to adjust without choice. Even though the change is only by one hour, it can throw off our circadian rhythms which affect our overall sense of routine and daily life. When our sleep is interrupted it can disrupt our overall health, both physically and mentally.
Mental health risks
Physical health risks
There are further complications that can arise as a result of the mental and physical risks associated with the seasonal time change. Some of these complications can affect other aspects of our lives, causing other issues. These complications might include:
Since seasonal time change is inevitable and we are forced to adjust twice a year, every year, it is important to find ways to help us cope and adapt easier. Try out some of these ways to help make the transition to the new time change a little bit easier the next time the clocks move forward or back!
People can often dread the time of the year when both the seasons and time change due to the way that it can affect our lives both mentally and physically. However, even though the initial time change can feel difficult, the transition itself should not last more than a few days. Remind yourself that this shift is brief. The more you can maintain your routine, schedule, and overall sense of daily life, the faster your internal time clock will adjust. Resources:https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/11/02/daylight-saving-time-how-hour-change-might-hurt-health-sleep/1856911002/https://health.clevelandclinic.org/daylight-savings-time-change-4-tips-to-help-your-body-adjust/
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