Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time

In this post, I discuss how my SAD symptoms decrease with the time change.

It’s that time of year again!  We pushed our clocks forward one hour this week (in the US at least)!  Before all you haters start complaining about how the time change messes up your sleep (and it does 😝) I don’t really want to hear it! 😉  I love time change day (in the spring)!  It is the day my SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) dies ya’ll!  

For those of us in the Northern Plains, the time change really does make the best use of our daylight hours that fluctuate wildly throughout the year.  If we stayed on Standard Time all year, it would start getting light at 3:30 am in the summer (no joke).  Whereas if we stayed on Daylight Time all year, it wouldn’t get light till after 8 am in the winter.  I’m not ok with either of these options.😝

Winter passed quickly

I am AMAZED at how quickly this dark winter flew by.  It always goes more quickly than I think (worry) it will, but this year was one for the books.  I was VERY fortunate as my SAD was super mild this year.  I hardly noticed it at all.  I think it’s probably due, in large part, to the mild winter we had.  We had a good number of sunny, warm days all through December, January, and February (sometimes with temps as high as the 50s and 60s)!  This meant Puppers and I were able to enjoy a good amount of time outside which I think helped things IMMENSELY! (The few robins that stuck around and sang to me all winter were a nice touch too, Mother Nature!)

Mr. Trekker was also home more than normal, thanks to some remote classes he’s been teaching due to COVID.  Having some company around the house certainly helped, as well. (Full disclosure, due to some other circumstances–partially COVID–I was also on low-dose antidepressants for the first time this year.)

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SAD symptoms end with the time change

I am always amazed at how much better I feel once my SAD symptoms start to ebb.  It really gives you an appreciation for how strongly they affect your life.  You don’t always notice it while you’re experiencing them.  You know that everyone seems to be keen to IRRITATE THE HE** OUT OF YOU! (must they swallow so loudly?! 😂)  And you can’t help the tears that come when EVERYTHING YOU TRY TO DO FAILS MISERABLY!!! (Why am I the only one whose life is so difficult?! 🙄)

I hope it’s obvious that I’m being sarcastic with these statements.  In all seriousness though, I find it amazing how my SAD symptoms cast a shadow on every other aspect of my life.  Even though I personally experience it, it’s hard to believe it can cloud your judgment so much on whatever thing you’re dealing with at any given moment.   Every problem seems 10x worse when SAD is already weighing you down.  Any other stressor you feel is amplified.  As someone who struggles with anxiety throughout the year, the SAD worsens those symptoms, as well.  I am a master champion at catastrophizing future events that I’m worried about on a good day.  When I’m dealing with SAD, as well, that ability becomes a superpower. 🙄😝

Every fall I swear, I’m not going to let it affect me as much this year.  I know what’s coming, I know how to deal with it, I know it WILL END, I just have to get through it…and then every spring I’m back to, “Wow!  Was all that extra angst I was feeling JUST from my SAD?”  Maybe someday I will learn. 😐

Take back your power from SAD

Our brains are powerful tools, and they can allow our imaginations to run away with themselves if we permit them.  While its important to always be patient and understanding with ourselves, it’s also important to try to reign in the negative thoughts, especially when we can speak the name of the demon they come from (“SAD”).  By doing so we can help to lessen its control over us.  Fortunately, we CAN control that demon, and it’s time to take our power back!

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The time change is upon us again! As we once again "Spring Forward", I reflect on how the time change eases the SAD symptoms I experience each winter.

 

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3 thoughts on “Spring Forward: Daylight Saving Time”

  1. I’m glad you had it easier this year. I always start feeling better as the days get longer and skies get bluer. I’m also more likely to spend time outside which is always a good thing

    1. It wouldn’t really work here in the Black Hills, we’re too far north. No DST means the sun won’t come up till after 8 in the winter. That will NOT help my SAD. 😝

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