Shout-out to the end of Daylight Saving Time for giving many of us across Canada an extra hour. Like all things in life, it comes at a cost - shorter days. Waking up to brighter mornings is great - but let’s be real, dealing with darkness at 5 p.m. ain’t easy. You’re 6 weeks away from Winter Solstice (a.k.a. the shortest day of the year). Dreading it? We’ve got you covered with 5 ways to cope and avoid seasonal affective disorder.
1. Greet the day
Thanks to modern day tech, we’re always looking down at our devices. Break this habit by starting your day off right and enjoying Mother Nature’s morning gift. Sun-gazing can help instill gratitude and give you peace of mind - so ditch your phone, grab the delicious jar of overnight oats you prepared the night before, and watch the sunrise.
2. Get Outside
Don’t spend all your sunny hours indoors. It’s important to soak up the sun when and wherever possible. Grab a mid-morning coffee, take a walk on your lunch break, or treat yourself to an afternoon snack. It’ll probably be cold outside, but getting your daily dose of Vitamin D is vital to coping with shorter days.
3. Go to bed earlier
Your cozy bed is calling you. According to a recent Statistics Canada report, a third of Canadians struggle to get enough sufficient shut-eye. There’s no shame in hitting the haystack a little bit earlier. The added hours of sleep will boost your mood and mental well-being.
4. Maximize your weekends
There’s lots to do, so stop hitting snooze and hit the town! Having plans on your days off will give you something to look forward to. Brunch, market hopping, or seeing the snow fall during a walk in the park are just a couple ideas to get you out the door.
5. Hello, Holidays
To some, the countdown has officially begun. Bright lights, seasonal drinks, and festive decor - you’ll forget about the darkness in no time. ‘Tis the time of year to celebrate.