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It's Time to Turn Back the Clocks
It's that time of year again. Literally. Every six months we take control of the hands of time and change up the clocks. Spring forward and Fall back - or as it's commonly known, a zombie apocalypse and extra long line-ups for coffee. Get ready to Fall back this Sunday, November 4th.
Here are some of our suggestions to help you survive:
Take control of your own destiny. Switch your clock at noon on Saturday instead of at 2 am on Sunday. Of course no one else will be in the same time zone, but your punctuality will be exceptional. By the time Sunday rolls around the whole time change will be no big deal and you can go back to being 5 minutes late for everything.
Change all of your clocks at once, not just one. Otherwise you'll spend the rest of the weekend stuck in a vortex of time and not in a cool Matrix kind of way.
Hauling out the big guns (aka a ladder) to change up your wall clocks? While you're up there check on and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms. If you're afraid of heights and are trying to coerce someone else to do it for you, turn up the heat, remove some clothing and rub a Hottie massage bar all over while watching them. "Is it hot in here, or is it just me? Guaranteed fastest alarm and clock change EVER.
Apparently exercise is also beneficial for helping your body cope with the changes. See the above tip for a healthy activity options.
Before bed on Saturday night hide small presents for yourself around the house so when you're stumbling around in a stupor on Sunday you'll come across things to brighten your mood. Avobath by the toaster? Yes please! Chocolate stashed by the plants? Hello Gorgeous. You don't actually need a time change to do this; it's fun to do anytime.
Time changes aren't like New Years. An abundance of alcohol and Auld Lang Syne will not help you with your resolution to get up in the morning. It will help you acquire a hangover and make it harder for your body to adjust to the change.
Right before bed take a hot shower then get into a cool bed. They say that dropping the body's temperature naturally mimics day and night and may help you sleep. Sure thing. Or it's just the perfect excuse to have another shower with Twilight shower gel. What happens after that is up to you...
Light therapy is key. If you're stuck inside on Sunday cleaning the house and it's sunny out, we recommend that you immediately stop what you're doing and get outside. You can escape weekly chores with the knowledge that you're helping your body recover, which is VERY important.
One of the joys of being an adult is doing whatever you want, when you want to. Unfortunately, your mother was right on a few things. Lay out your clothes for Monday the night before and make sure your wallet and keys are in your bag ready for the scramble the next morning. Still hiding treats? Put a couple in your bag for emergency use, especially snacks. Your body will be hungry at different times than normal and it doesn’t help anyone when hungry turns into h-angry.
Fall back only applies to an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night. If you miss this point and sleep in on Monday and don’t have enough time to wash your hair, sprinkle No Drought through your locks to freshen things up and then toss on a hat and work it. No one will know the difference. Unless of course everyone in your office shows up wearing a hat.
Offer to pick up coffee and vegan muffins on your way into the office on Monday. You can sneak in a extra dose of caffeine while you're waiting, earn some bonus points with your co-workers, and get a few extra minutes of travel time to battle traffic and watch out for all of the other sleepy drivers who may have slept in. If you're biking to work, remember to bring your extra large basket to carry all of those double-doubles.
Above all else, be gentle with yourself and take it slow. It may take a few days for your body to fully adapt. If you need to have an extra bubble bath or three to help your body adjust then by all means bubble away.