As the days grow longer and the nights shorter, it’s easy to feel out of sync with our natural body rhythms. The transition to Daylight Savings Time can be especially difficult, leaving us feeling tired, cranky, and disoriented. Although the clock only shifts one hour, this abrupt change can lead to reduced sleep quantity and quality. And as we all know, lack of sleep can affect things like your mood, decision-making, and productivity.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to ease into the time change! Here are some tips and tricks to help you adjust to Daylight Savings Time and make the most of the longer days ahead.

Support Restful Sleep

When thinking about the challenges of Daylight Savings, one word is top of mind; sleep. Giving yourself the space and tools to get a good night’s sleep is vital to being at the top of your game during the day. Here are some ideas on how you can prepare yourself for the restful sleep you need:
  • Ease your body (and those in your household) into a new sleeping schedule. Try adjusting your sleep and wake time by 30 minutes, 2 days prior to the change. Even a minor adjustment will help your body ease into it’s new schedule, making it a far easier transition.

  • Avoid caffeine too close to bedtime. Instead, try enjoying a cup of soothing herbal tea such as Yogi Bedtime tea or Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime tea.

  • Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.

  • Journal about your thoughts and feelings from the day. This helps to empty your mind to avoid the racing thoughts that may keep you from falling asleep.

  • Avoid eating too close to bedtime, and limit consumption of heavy and spicy foods in the evening if possible.

  • Block out unwanted noise with earplugs or a sound machine. Reduce light by investing in quality curtains.

  • Ease yourself into sleep with this Bedtime Sound Bath.

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Morning Rituals

The way you start your day is just as important as how you end it. Here are some ways you can set yourself up for success:
  • Expose yourself to daylight as soon as possible after waking up to help your body reset its internal clock. Natural light has a powerful effect on our bodies’ circadian rhythm, even the light from a cloudy day can help.

  • Get moving early! Go for a walk, take a class, or go to the gym. Doing so helps to stimulate your body and mind by releasing endorphins, and is important for improved sleep quality and stress reduction.

  • Start your morning with Yoga or a stretch session. A good stretch is the perfect way to get your body ready for the day. We’re loving this Energizing Yoga Flow that awakens your body and mind.

  • Drink an energizing tea. Try our bold and roasty Rich & Robust Morning Vitality tea, with adaptogenic support. Or start your day with a cup of our delicious and uplifting Peach Bergamot Bright Day tea.

  • Set intentions for your day. You can do this in a journal, or just by giving yourself the space to think about the day ahead.

Power Through the Day

Ensuring a restful sleep and productive morning sets you up for success throughout the day. However, mid-day slumps still tend to creep up on us, especially with the time difference. Here are some ways that can help you avoid the dreaded afternoon crash and power through the day:
  • Take a walk during your lunch. Even a quick walk around the block can re-energize you and refocus you. Plus, you get the added benefit of an extra dose of daylight.

  • Take precautions after Daylight Savings by not overloading your schedule Sunday or Monday while your body adjusts. Give your body time to adjust without overwhelming yourself.

  • Drink a delicious energizing beverage that doesn’t give you the afternoon jitters. Try our sweet and fruity Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy tea, which combines Black Tea and Yerba Maté Leaf with Ashwagandha to uplift your spirit. Or pour yourself a cup of vibrant Spiced Blackberry Focus, a delicious caffeinated blend that features Bacopa, a nootropic herb that supports mental clarity and concentration.

  • Practice stress management throughout the day. By implementing well-being practices into your daily life, you can help mitigate the stress of the transition. Check out our blog post on Simple Ways to Find a Daily Moment of Mindfulness for some tips!

  • Set aside 5-10 minutes to meditate. Take some time to ground yourself and refocus.

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