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Moving through Daylight Savings with Vitality

Longer, brighter days sound invigorating, right? What's not to like?

But the way we transition into those days are less than appealing for many. It's Daylight Savings Time.

Some people can’t wait for Daylight Savings Time (DST). They kick into high gear. For others, “It’s Daylight Savings Time, and I'm a mess,” is more the mantra.

I'm in the "I'm a mess camp." It's not my best time, for sure.

The abrupt time change can be stressful in spite of exiting darker days. Even those who are thrilled to be past seasonal affective disorder can feel unrested or restless.

And how ironic that Daylight Savings, the single most sleep-disruptive day the year, kicks off National Sleep Awareness Week.

There is science to why DST is not the healthiest transition. Losing an hour of sleep is a direct cause. But the loss of sleep and the change of light together disrupt circadian rhythms, potentially making you tired and wired.

We know the cost of sleep deprivation. But DST also alters mood. The sudden switch can leave us out of sync as patterns of physiology and lifestyle are thrown off course.

But you need not struggle. There are so many self-care and supportive resources available to support a smooth transition! You might need to explore what that wellness assemblage is for you, but once you find what those are, including the right professionals to support you, feeling vital is readily accessible.

My personal experience with DST is that, unless I prepare and amp up my self-care in the days before and well after, I will feel off kilter for a couple weeks. Try as might to rally, I languish. Over time, through exploring what I now know supports my balance, I've discovered how to recalibrate more easily.

For me, my at-home self-care includes daily reiki self-treatments. I focus on food more as medicine. I take salt baths, double down on essential oils from their clinical standpoint, and I reach for nature’s herbal apothecary. I give myself permission to take naps after the time change. I ignore self-imposed pressures to push through. I also declutter and space clear; it removes what stagnates me and drags me down, and opens up the space for lightness and movement.

These are all things I can do at home, and they are appealing for that reason. I use my budget for things I cannot do for myself, and I don't need to set a bunch of appointments to enjoy a variety of care options.

Speaking of budget, I do take self-care to the next level and head out to my colleagues for my spring acupuncture treatment and getting in my time for energy healing. Sometimes I get side-tracked with life. But this is one time during the year I ensure I do not skip.

Self-care looks different for everyone. But, generally, what can help is: go to bed an hour earlier the night of DST. Exercise a little bit more vigorously to offset the earlier bedtime and ensure you are truly tired.

Following the time change, balance your rest and activity. Ensure good sleep behaviors. Turn off devices that emit blue light. Ditch the sleep aids; even natural ones are shown to not help. Eat clean, including colorful, chakra-enhancing foods. Consider essential oils that both relax and energize. Perhaps explore flower essence infusions. These can get you over the hump.

And, of course, there’s energy healing—a powerful route to a smooth transition. It’s massage for the soul.

Because energy healing is a catalyst for engaging one’s own innate healing, it’s gentle yet positively supportive. There’s nothing foreign or aggressive for the body to integrate.

Since it’s your body’s own intelligence using the energy, your adjustments are adaptogenic—your body decides what it needs, and takes those measures. It is why people say, “I feel lighter,” “That was lovely,” or “I feel like myself again.” They are rested yet enlivened after a treatment.

Since energy medicine is complementary, you don’t need to choose it over something else. It’s quite the opposite, acting synergistically to enhance other treatments and medical care.

Reiki brings us into alpha and theta brain states, the states of relaxation, intuition, and deep meditation. Sometimes we do fall asleep. The relaxation can feel so complete, that whether you sleep or not, you feel as though you regained that hour of sleep you lost, and then some. Nap or no nap, let the energy and your body do all the restorative work. How easy is that?!

You can realign and fortify your chakras and energy points that can falter amid big shifts.

The deep relaxation you derive from energy healing can refresh you and reset your dials so your internal clock springs forward, too, not just the time.

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