9 Uplifting Ways to Embrace the Early Darkness As Daylight Saving Time Ends

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Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a long-established practice that many of us simply accept as part of the changing seasons. But have you ever stopped to think about why we do it? Originating from an idea by Benjamin Franklin, DST was first implemented during World War I as a means to save energy. The concept is simple: by shifting our clocks forward in the spring, we can make better use of natural daylight during the evenings. Then, in the fall, we revert back to standard time, effectively “gaining” an hour of sleep.

But as we “fall back” this weekend, the early darkness can sometimes bring a sense of gloom. To combat this, we’ve put together nine uplifting ways to brighten your day when it gets dark earlier.

1. Embrace Cozy Evenings

There’s something inherently cozy about the earlier arrival of darkness. It’s the perfect opportunity to embrace hygge, the Danish concept of creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life. Light some candles, wrap yourself in a soft blanket, and enjoy a good book or movie.

2. Get Active

Regular physical activity is known to boost mood and energy levels. Whether it’s a brisk walk after dinner or a yoga session, moving your body can help mitigate the effects of the shorter days.

3. Create a Bright Environment

Lighting plays a crucial role in our mood. Make your living space brighter with warm lights. Consider investing in light therapy lamps, especially designed to mimic sunlight.

4. Learn Something New

Use the extra indoor time to learn a new skill or hobby. Whether it’s painting, coding, or learning a new language, keeping your mind engaged can uplift your spirits.

5. Cook Comfort Food

Nothing warms the soul quite like your favorite comfort food. Use the early evenings to experiment with new recipes or prepare your beloved classics.

6. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness and meditation can be powerful tools in maintaining positivity during the darker months. Regular practice can help you stay present, focused, and optimistic.

7. Connect with Loved Ones

Whether it’s a phone call, video chat, or meeting for a warm beverage, connecting with loved ones can instantly brighten your day.

8. Embrace the Outdoors

Yes, it might be dark, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Go stargazing, have a bonfire, or simply enjoy the crisp fall air.

9. Set a Regular Sleep Schedule

The end of DST is an excellent opportunity to get your sleep schedule on track. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

The end of daylight saving time doesn’t have to be gloomy. By embracing these uplifting practices, you can keep your days bright, productive, and full of joy, no matter how early the sun sets.

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