Beat the Daylight Savings Slump
You had the best intentions of going to sleep on time last night to get yourself acclimated to this new Daylight Savings schedule, but when your bedtime rolled around, you were still parked in front of your favorite Sunday Night "unwind shows." Now it's Monday, you're back at your desk, and you're desperately wishing you could turn the clock forward again--9 hours this time, which would put you right back in your bed, where you feel like belong. Here are three easy ways to make the day feel less draggy:
- Get outside. Soak up some of the early spring sunshine, which will suppress the secretion of melatonin, the body's drowsy-making chemical.
- Go a little nuts. Cashews, almonds and hazelnuts contain magnesium, which has been shown to help convert sugar into energy (and research has shown that a magnesium deficiency can drag you down).
- Choose a spa beverage. (i.e., water with lemon slices). A second (or third, or fourth...) caffeinated drink will set you up for a crash later, and could even keep you up again tonight--which would put you in the exact same position tomorrow. Lemon is a natural stimulant, with a scent that's been associated with slightly boosting heart rate and increasing alertness, and water will keep your body hydrated and your metabolism on track.
- Do jumping jacks in a deserted conference room. A quick bout of exercise will elevate your heart and perk up your mood.
Better yet, do all of the above at once: Go for a brisk walk outside to pick up a pack of nuts and a lemonade. And maybe bring some back for the friend who's been nodding off in the cubicle next to you.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.