Can Daylight Savings Time Help You Get Out Of Your Funk?
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Pissed About Losing Some Sleep Last Night?
this somewhat ridiculous habit most of us in America need to conform to, could be just what the F#CK we need to get out of this winter rut.
Let's get to the goods, shall we?
-The Effect of Daylight-
The sunlight has a profound impact on our bodies, particularly two hormones that control mood and energy: serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin tends to boost mood and energy, while melatonin tends to make you feel sleepy. Too much of it can lead to depressed feelings in some people. Winter depression is a common disorder that many people suffer with during the long, dark winter months, and it is often directly tied to the effect of less daylight, less serotonin and too much melatonin.
When sunlight is plentiful (such as during the late spring and summer months), you will produce more serotonin and less melatonin. When sunlight is less available (during fall and winter), you will produce less serotonin and more melatonin. The result can be a dramatic shift in your overall feelings of well-being and energy; you will likely find that you have more energy and motivation when the days begin to lengthen.
-Make the longer days to work for you-
Have you struggled to work out this winter? Has your motivation been weak? Less daylight may be the reason. If you didn’t head into fall and winter last year with a solid mindset of adapting & overcoming, you likely fell out of your kickass routine.
Progression in all areas of life is the result of DISCIPLINE.
Once you are aligned with your PURPOSE, your motivation tends to be driven from that.
Even if your motivation and energy drops from time to time, as they surely will- your momentum will keep you GUIDED.
Especially in fall and winter.
This is the perfect time to begin building healthy habits that heal.
Physically & mentally.
Take advantage of the longer days and increased sunlight.
As we get closer to spring and summer, the days will get longer and longer, which will give you more time and opportunity to WORK.
The increased serotonin in your body will boost your mood and energy, giving you the motivation to create BETTER HABITS. Get serious about this, so that by the time fall rolls around in a few months, you will be firmly aligned with YOUR routines.