Are you ready for a change that will impact your life? Seriously! Change is hard for most people. The change with the clocks moving forward is what I’m talking about and it affects over 1.5 billion people with their health, wellbeing and how you’ll feel in the following days! That could translate to billions in ‘lost productivity’ globally and I included more statistical data in my last blog here! Allow me to connect the dots.
When you think of change being difficult, trying living with your parents! My mother told me the other day that she didn’t want anything to change. I just wanted to make her feel more comfortable by purchasing a recliner for her bedroom so she can breathe easier and sleep better instead of moving into the living room in the middle of the night and risk falling. She said she’s ready to go and doesn’t want to change anything. I have to respect that and perhaps provide care in different ways. What are your experiences with caregiving?
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” Carol Burnett
So, this is what I want to share with you because what started out as an ‘energy saving’ tactic has had a detrimental effect on our health and many people are talking about it but not enough people are doing something about it! Think of this blog as my form of caregiving to everyone because I see what effects of not sleeping well has had on my mother’s body, health and even her thoughts.
It’s March and Spring is around the corner and this month also marks Sleep Awareness Week as well as Brain Awareness Week. There’s a direct link to both in a blog to follow this month! Sleep is a long-term strategy to PREVENT illness, depression and many more connections to our wellbeing and being well. Of course, who thinks 5, 10, 20 years into the future of your life? If you want the highest QUALITY of life now and in the future, then read on!
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
These are the steps you can DO TODAY, depending on the day you read this. Although clocks advance 1 hour on Sunday in the middle of the night so you wake up Monday earlier than usual in some parts of the world, you can begin reducing the negative impacts by starting this now:
- Begin gradually to adjust your evening rituals, that ‘power down’ hour a few minutes EARLIER each day and night before Sunday. For example, get to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night and wake up 10-15 minutes earlier each day so that the ‘time change’ is gradual. The more time you have to implement this, the better.
- Prepare your mind and emotions for the changes. Trust me, your emotions could be all over the place! Try to adjust your calendar the week following so you are not under unnecessary pressure, deadlines or stressful events as much as possible. Life happens, I know but this can help you!
- Our bodies are wired to natural daylight so try dimming lights earlier in your home, try not to put in late hours in the office and if you can, reduce your evening social events so you can apply step 1 above. In the long run, you’ll be sharper and smarter than everyone else next week!
As they say in the UK, All Change Please! Download this to help you NOW!