Tips for Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time

Daylight saving time officially begins at 2:00 am (EST) on Sunday, March 13, 2022. For many, the time change means losing an hour of precious sleep. Remember, Spring forward.

Due to a disruption in circadian rhythms, the sudden time change affects some people’s sleep patterns, moods, and lifestyles more than others. But do not worry. Only you know what is best for your body. Go ahead and plan to help you adjust. If you need tips for adjusting to Daylight Savings Time, check out the following.

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  1. Sleep: Get plenty of sleep, at least 7 hours. Try to go to sleep at the same time every night. Being consistent helps your body adjust to the time difference. If you know the time difference effects your sleep patterns, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier leading up to daylight savings time. Small modifications to your routine can help your body adjust to the upcoming lost hour of sleep.
  2. Get Outdoors: Soaking up sunlight even on chilly days helps your body’s natural process. Go for a walk. Enjoy the sunshine.
  3. Avoid Long Naps: Go ahead. Take a nap, just a short one. If you are tired from the time change, avoid long naps. Set your alarm, if needed. But take only a short nap When you oversleep in the afternoon, you are interrupting your bedtime routine.  
  4. Know Your Limits: Before bedtime, limit caffeine and alcohol consumption. When you add extra stimulants into your system, your body cannot properly relax to go to sleep.
  5. Workout Early: Avoid working out before bedtime. Exercising late in the evening may make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  6. Reduce Screen Time: Allow your mind to relax. Turn off your notifications on your phone. Shut down your electronics between a half hour and hour before you go to sleep.  
  7. Set the Mood: Dim the lights, drink herbal tea, listen to relaxing music, and unwind before going to bed. Relaxing allows your body to adjust to the time change.

Adjusting to the upcoming time change requires extra self-care. Be aware of your body’s needs.

Benefits of Unplugging From Your Electronic Devices

Did you know today, March 4th is National Day of Unplugging? Modern technology is a major part of daily life. From smartphones to household appliances, the world is connected through a wide range of devices.

At a push of a button or a swipe sideways, a user connects instantly with family, friends, school, work, or other commitments. Staring at a digital screen for hours increases the chances of negative effects on your physical and mental health. Unplugging from your electronic devices is beneficial to your overall well-being.

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The Benefits of Unplugging

  1. Reduce Stress and Anxiety: Reducing your screentime allows your brain and body to rest from continuous information. Being online all the time can create low self-esteem as a result of cyberbullying or inappriopitate messages. Turn off your devices to lower the chances of unhealthy interactions.  
  2. Sleep Better: Turn your unimportant notifications off at night. All the different notifications interrupt your nightly sleep. Unplugging helps your body recharge by getting enough rest.
  3. Extra Time: Stepping away from the computer frees up your time for other activities. When you give yourself permission to engage in other activities, you learn to focus better.
  4. Physical Well-Being: Sitting in one position, hunched over your keyboard, or starring at your phone is not good for your physical health. Take a break. Get outside. Go for walk. Go hiking. Go to the gym.
  5. Face to Face Communication: Unplugging for an afternoon provides you with the chance to interact with others. When you use texts, emails, or social media, your conversation lacks emotional connection. Call a friend for coffee at your favorite café. Go out to dinner.
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In today’s modern world, unplugging completely is not a realistic option. Daily commitments require screen time. Remember to take the time to focus on other aspects of your life. Be aware of your screen time. When necessary, do a digital detox for a hour, an afternoon, or an entire day.

Self-Care Tips for Autumn

Autumn is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Keep in mind; self-care is not being selfish. Work, school, family, friends, and other commitments can easily fill up your daily schedule. Yes, finding a moment to yourself in a challenging schedule is difficult.

The truth is self-care helps you maintain a healthy balance between your commitments and personal well-being. Find a way to make self-care a daily habit. If needed, put your self-care into your daily planner.

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Self-Care Ideas for Fall

  1. Rest: Sounds easy, but in a demanding schedule getting enough sleep is difficult. Go to bed early, take an afternoon nap, or sleep in. Getting enough sleep is critical to your health.
  2. Relax: Spend time doing nothing. Take a long hot bath. Read a book. Curl up under your favorite blanket and watch a movie.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Dink plenty of water. Try a hot tea or mulled cider. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  4. Eat Healthy: Along with staying hydrated, eating healthy is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Go to your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables
  5. Learn to Say No: Extra activities decrease time to yourself. Practice saying no.
  6. Get Outdoors: Go for a hike. Go on a nature walk. Or just sit outdoors on your lunch break. Being outdoors can improve mental clarity, increase creativity, improve concentration, and raise your Vitamin D intake.
  7. Get an Exercise Routine: If being outdoors isn’t for you, find a new exercise routine indoors. Ride a stationary bike. Take an exercise class. Learn yoga or other stretching exercise. If you are uncertain where to start, look up beginner’s exercise videos on YouTube.
  8. Write in a Journal: A journal is a wonderful outlet for your emotions. Record your private thoughts, fears, and feelings about the world around you. Writing can reduce stress.

Remember, self-care takes practice.

30 Self-Care Ideas for September

September brings the start of Autumn, cooler weather, and multiple chances to engage in self-care. Check out the following ideas for self-care in September.

30 Days of Self-Care for September

  1. Commit to Healthier Choices
  2. Go to the Farmer’s Market for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  3. Get Your Annual Physical
  4. Keep a Daily Mood Tracker
  5. Write a Gratitude List
  6. Hike a New Trail
  7. Join a Support Group
  8. Spend Time in Prayer or Meditation
  9. Keep a Journal
  10. Go for a Nature Walk
  11. Spend a Day Doing Nothing
  12. Go to Church
  13. Stay Hydrated (Commit to 8-10 Glasses of Water a Day)
  14. Create a Weekly Fitness Routine
  15. Create a Playlist
  16. Make a Meatless Dinner
  17. Go on a Social Media Detox
  18. Make a Healthy Smoothie
  19. Take a Long Nap
  20. Grab Your Favorite Book, Wrap Up in a Fuzzy Blanket, and Spend an Afternoon Reading
  21. Go to a Fall Community Event
  22. First Official Day of Fall! Get Outdoors!
  23. Try Yoga or Other Stretching Exercises
  24. Order Take Out
  25. Bake Cookies and Share
  26. Create a Vision Board
  27. Volunteer
  28. Get Organized
  29. Create
  30. Figure Out What Brings You Peace and Do More of That Activity

Remember be kind to yourself.

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Self-Care Ideas for May

May is here! For many the new month brings warmer weather, flowers, and lots of sunshine. Whether you are still staying home or starting to get back to a normal routine, engaging in self-care should always be a top priority. Do you need self-care ideas for May? Check out the following list.

  1. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  2. Take a long hot bath.
  3. Make a delicious homemade meal.
  4. Go for a long nature walk. (Do not forget your camera)
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Get up early just to watch the sunrise.
  7. Sit outside at night to gaze at the stars.
  8. Burn a scented candle.
  9. Try yoga.
  10. Mediate or pray to calming music.
  11. Try a new craft. (Many local dollar stores have inexpensive crafty supplies to get you started.)
  12. Fill up your vehicle with gas and go for a line drive.
  13.  Bake cookies for yourself. Then, bake another batch to give away.
  14. Go on a picnic in the park.
  15.  Go to bed early, sleep in, or take a long afternoon nap.
  16. Spend an afternoon at an art museum or gallery.      
  17. Listen to a new podcast.
  18. Play the radio, sing loudly, and dance around to your favorite songs.
  19. Buy a magazine to read all afternoon. (A cup of hot tea or hot chocolate is great companion to this task.)
  20. Binge watch your favorite series. (Do not forget the popcorn.)
  21. Order take-out from a new restaurant.
  22. Unplug from your devices and just relax.
  23. Give yourself a pedicure, manicure, or homemade face mask.
  24. Go to your local library. Wander through the stacks of books to find your next read.
  25. Watch YouTube videos.
  26. Wear an extravagant outfit just for fun.
  27. Make a mood board.
  28. Plan your dream vacation.
  29. Call in an old friend just to chat.
  30. Volunteer
  31. Practice saying, “no” to extra work.                         

Self-Care for March

Self-care is critical to your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Do not hesitate to take time to nurture and care for yourself. Do you need some self-care ideas? Check out the following ideas.

  1. Get outdoors! Walk around the block, go on a nature walk, or go for a hike.
  2. Eat regular balanced meals (when possible)
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water.
  4. Before taking a long, warm shower, hang lavender in your shower. The smell will relax you.
  5. Keep a journal.
  6. Watch YouTube videos. (Cute animals or marriage proposals are always a good choice).
  7. Order takeout from someplace new.
  8. Draw (Stick figures count)
  9. Start a blog.
  10. Learn a new skill. From an instructional YouTube video to online classes, find something new to try.
  11. Take photos.
  12. Play a game.
  13. Binge-watch a new series.
  14. Pray or meditate.
  15. Take yourself out for lunch. (Yes, a drive-thru counts)
  16. Paint rocks to hide around your community.
  17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
  18. Do Yoga
  19. Do a craft.
  20. Celebrate the Spring Equinox (Buy yourself flowers).
  21. Create a vision board.
  22. Volunteer or donate unused clothing to a local shelter.
  23. Eat at a local mom-and-pop restaurant.
  24. Call an old friend.
  25. Do something for someone else; small gestures have a large impact.
  26. Color (Adult coloring books are available).
  27. Treat yourself to an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Do nothing for an entire day.
  29. Learn to say “no.”
  30. Create a local bucket list.
  31. Write a grateful list.

Self-Care Ideas for February

Between the winter months and the pandemic, self-care is essential for your physical and mental health. Even though your schedule may be chaotic at times, focusing on yourself will help alleviate stress. Try to set aside a little time every day just for you. Do you need some ideas for self-care? Check out the following list for self-care ideas for February.

  1. Stay hydrated at all times, drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
  2. Call (not text) a friend just to chat.
  3. Take a long warm bubble bath on a cold wintry evening.
  4. Go on a nature walk.
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Write letters or send out homemade cards.
  7. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  8. Drink a warm beverage, herbal tea, or hot cocoa with marshmallows.
  9. Binge-watch a series of movies or your favorite television show.
  10. Meditate or pray.
  11. Listen to soft music while wearing headphones to tune out the world around you.
  12. Turn down the lights, light candles, or use flameless ones.
  13. Buy yourself flowers.
  14. Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat the chocolates.
  15. Go for a hike. Even if you are just starting, many trails are for beginners.
  16. Get take-out from somewhere new.
  17. Feed the wild birds, just to be outdoors for a few minutes.
  18. Do you have snow? Make a snow angel or build a snowman.
  19. Try a new workout regiment.
  20. Watch the sunrise or sunset without any interruptions. Put your phone on silent just for a short time.
  21. Take a nap.
  22. Try a new dessert recipe.
  23. Skip social media for a day.
  24. Do something for someone else.
  25. Get outdoors and take photos.
  26. Get crafty. Dollar stores have inexpensive crafting supplies to get you started.
  27. Try something new.

Self-Care Ideas for December

The holiday season can be stressful. The ongoing pandemic and social distancing increase the strain on your daily demands. During this time, self-care is essential.

  1. Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water or herbal tea.
  2. Go for a long nature walk after a snowfall.
  3. Watch Christmas cartoons.
  4. Go hiking.
  5. Put up Christmas decorations.
  6. Play soft music and take a long hot bubble bath.
  7. Meditate or pray.
  8. Check out beginner yoga or workout videos. (YouTube is a great resource).
  9. Go for a ride and look at Christmas videos.
  10. Call or host a zoom meeting with old friends.
  11. Paint or draw a Christmas scene.
  12. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  13. Declutter a room.
  14. Snuggle under a blanket, sip a warm beverage, and binge-watch your favorite series.
  15. Do crafts.
  16. Keep a journal.
  17. Try a new recipe.
  18. Light candles (or use flameless ones) and put on your favorite playlist.
  19. Sleep in.
  20. Make a new playlist or Christmas one.
  21. Unplug from your devices for an afternoon or the entire day.
  22. Buy a small gift.
  23. Cut out paper snowflakes to hang on your windows.
  24. Christmas Eve—Watch It’s a Wonderful Life or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  25. Merry Christmas! Relax and enjoy your day.
  26. Play your favorite songs and sing loudly. If you have neighbors, you may want to sing in your car.
  27. Make your favorite food.
  28. Buy a bouquet of flowers to sit in the middle of your table.
  29. Spend a day reading.
  30. Write your New Year’s Resolutions or create a bucket list.
  31. Happy New Year! Toast 2021.

Self-Care Ideas for November

Daily demands, the pandemic, election coverage, and the upcoming holiday season can be overwhelming. Practicing self-care is critical to your overall health and well-being. Check out the following self-care ideas for November.

  1. Go for a walk (Nature walks are perfect this time of year).
  2. Take a long, warm bath or shower.
  3. Vote-make your voice be heard.
  4. Rent, stream, or purchase a movie from the 1950s, 1960s, etc.
  5. Take your dog for a long walk. (Don’t have a dog? Volunteer to be a dog walker at your local rescue or animal shelter).
  6. Create a new playlist.
  7. Practice saying, “no.” You do not have to take on extra responsibilities.
  8. Buy yourself something. You do not need to spend a lot. Go to your local dollar store. Buy yourself a candle, figurine, or a box of crackers. The choice is yours.
  9. Meditate or pray. Play inspirational music in the background.
  10. Go hiking.
  11. Make homemade hot cocoa to enjoy on a cold night.
  12. Order take out from a new restaurant.
  13. Spend an afternoon reading or indulge by re-reading your favorite.
  14. Get a new hair cute. Or learn a new style. (YouTube has lots of how-to videos).
  15. Call an older relative to just chat.
  16. Write a letter to a classmate from grade school, junior high, or high school. Reminisce about a favorite time.
  17. Go for a long drive. Play the music loud and sing along.
  18. Have a fall picnic. (Yes, having one in your living room with your dog counts).
  19. Spend an afternoon painting, drawing, or doing crafts.
  20. Start decorating for the Christmas season early.
  21. Give yourself a day to do nothing.
  22. Watch uplifting videos or watch Christmas shows on the Hallmark channel.
  23. Bake
  24. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  25. Make a gratitude list.
  26. Happy Thanksgiving! Eat dessert.
  27. Eat leftovers, stay in your pajamas (or comfy pants), and enjoy your day.
  28. Declutter or organize a space.
  29. Try a new recipe.
  30. Write lists, plans, and other details for the upcoming Christmas season.

Self-Care Ideas for October

October brings colder weather, longer nights, and Halloween. Focusing on yourself is essential for your health and well-being. Do you need some self-care ideas for October? Check out the following for inspiration.

  1. Get plenty of sleep, take a nap or sleep in when possible.
  2. Drink lots of fluids-water, tea, and maybe even a tall glass of apple cider.
  3. Buy yourself something new. (Yes, a dollar store Halloween figurine counts.)
  4. Take an extra-long hot shower or soak in a warm, bubble bath.
  5. Call a friend.
  6. Order take out from your favorite restaurant.
  7. Go for a walk to view the Halloween decorations in your community.
  8. Work out to a beginner’s video on YouTube.
  9. Unplug from social media for an hour, six hours, or an entire day.
  10. Grab your favorite fuzzy blanket and spend your Saturday reading a book.
  11. Write letters or send out Halloween cards with notes inside.
  12. Binge-watch Halloween shows.
  13. Go hiking
  14. Cook your favorite meal.
  15. Do Halloween themed crafts.
  16. Sip a warm beverage while stargazing.
  17. Use relaxing music to meditate or pray.
  18. Visit your local pumpkin patch. Carve and display your pumpkin.
  19. Give yourself a spa day-soak your feet, paint your nails, and apply a facial.
  20. Make a Halloween-themed playlist.
  21. Try a new food.
  22. Take a virtual tour.
  23. Keep a journal or diary.
  24. Go for a long drive and play the music loud.
  25. Take an online course. (There are numerous free courses or seminars available.)
  26. Eat your favorite soup on a cold autumn day.
  27. Take your dog for an extra-long walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to be a dog walker at your local shelter or rescue.
  28. Paint or draw a Halloween scene.
  29. Declutter a room, closet, or a junk drawer.
  30. Try pumpkin-related food or beverage.
  31. Happy Halloween! Give yourself a treat.
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