• Fall Back Time Change: Surviving The End of Daylight Savings

    Well, it’s official summer is over. I mean summer has technically been over, but nothing really confirms this dreaded realization than the end of daylight savings time. Instead of having warm daylight well beyond 7 pm, now it’s going to be pitch black and cold before dinner is on the table.

    So what can we do to keep feeling like our pre-fall back self?

    Go To Bed Early Saturday Night

    Even though the clock turning back will give you an extra hour, that does not mean that your body will be able to do the same. Your internal clock is still set to the previous time. So while it may only be 2 am (again) your body still thinks it’s 3 am. Don’t kid yourself. You’re exhausted. Go to bed.

    *Reminder – Don’t forget to set your manual clocks back before you go to bed. You don’t want to wake up confused about what time it really is.

    Wake Up At A Decent Time On Sunday Morning

    Just because the clock turned back an hour that doesn’t mean that you should lay in the bed all day. While I am a staunch supporter of doing nothing as much as you possibly can I have to implore you not to do that today. It will throw your body off more than it already is, and the result will leave you feeling sluggish when it’s time to get back to the grind on Monday.

    Eat & Drink

    The new time change will throw off your eating habits so you need to make sure you’re eating and staying hydrated throughout the day so you don’t feel even more rundown than you already do. So be sure to have a hearty healthy meal like oatmeal, fish, and veggies with a bottle of water or unsweetened tea.

    Get Some Sun

    Now that you’re up and ate a decent meal it’s time to grab some sun. You won’t have that much of it now that the time has changed so you have to take advantage of it before the cold weather sets in. You don’t have to travel far, either. Sit on your porch, visit a local coffee house, run some errands, or go for a walk around the neighborhood.

    Go To  Bed Early Sunday Night

    As previously mentioned, going to bed early is in your favor until you become used to the time change. If you want to stay up late Saturday into Sunday fine (although I wouldn’t), but don’t risk doing the same the night before the start of a new workweek. Don’t risk nodding off at your desk because your body feels like it was robbed of an hour.

    Come To The Understanding That Your Body Will Adjust (Until We Spring Forward)

    It is true, you will eventually get used to it. And by the time we’ve accepted our new cold and dark hours, it will be spring and time to push the clock forward.  Yeah, you’ll lose an hour but at least it will be warmer and sunnier out. That is the only consolation prize I can offer you right now.

    End of Daylight Savings valerie pierre mommyrandr

    WEEK 1 – JUN 8

    I read a lot of websites as I like to follow what other people are doing in their lives. I’ve made some wonderful friendships this way. Well it was on my weekly blog browse, as I like to call it, that I found the ‘52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge‘, started by Chelsea from Play. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. The purpose of this challenge is to show gratitude towards the people and things in our lives.

    Showing gratitude for the people and things in our lives is so important, especially for me since I’m personally going through some things and I’ve started to think there is no hope. Which made finding this challenge nothing short of a miracle. On the face it seems simple enough but in actuality its very thought provoking as you just be show gratitude for what you have, you’ll also be showing appreciation for them as well. Its always easy to think we have it bad, while in the same thought forgetting there is someone out in the world who has it worse who would give anything to be where we are right now.

    So, each Monday for the next year I will document all of the things I’m grateful for according to the list of topics that Chelsea created. This week is simple, as it talks about why I started this challenge. But as the gratitude challenge weeks progress the topics will become deeper forcing me to tap into a part of myself that I keep very private. The idea of sharing that part of me is challenge within itself, but I am ready to do it, otherwise what would be the point of this blog? I haven’t shared too much up til this point, so now is a good as any to start digging and start sharing.


    If you would like to join the challenge you can do so. Just pop over to Chelsea’s site to grab the badge and gets to talking about all of the people and things you’re grateful for. If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay you can share what you’re grateful for in the comment section.


     (grab this badge here)

    For the week of June 15 I will talk about all the ways I am grateful for my husband and how I will show him my gratitude and appreciation for everything that he does for us as family.

    If you wrote a post and would like to add it to Chelsea’s ’52 Weeks Of Gratitude Challenge’ link-up submit your link here. A link with all the participating blogs will appear on the Play. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. website.