Twelve Ways to Spring Forward with Ease

I t seems like only yesterday we were asking all of our clocks and watches to fall back and here we are on the edges of spring already, with our clocks ready to be flung forward.

rosesinbed_joyceballentineThough our initial reaction may be to just complain about how inconvenient the time change is, how tired we are, or how stupid it is to have daylight savings time “in this day and age,” the fact of the matter is that twice a year, time change is going to happen. It’s one of the realities of life.  

While I get this intellectually, and have come to understand that there’s no use arguing with reality, my body doesn’t always agree. Our bodies crave rhythm, and despite our dependency on blinking digital numbers, we subconsciously respond to angles of light, patterns of sleep, and rhythms of nature.  It’s no wonder that we’re cranky when we’re forced to change.  Sometimes, I think the adjustment to the “spring forward” feels more challenging than when you travel to Europe.

Here are a few ideas to help ease you into the transition.

One – Early to Bed

What if you listened to your body and just went to bed? Take advantage of your body’s natural rhythms to get some extra shut-eye.  Listening to your body when it needs rest is about listening to your inner wisdom.

Two – Early to Rise

I know, darling, that you are likely feeling super tired. Set your alarm to go off an hour early, then get up and ease into your day. Sit down to a real breakfast, create a new morning ritual, or spend that time working on that novel you’ve been telling yourself you were going to write! You might still feel a little tired, but getting an early start can get you back on track and feeling ahead again.

Three – Put on Your Kid Gloves

Be kind to yourself.  Treat yourself like you would a friend who wasn’t feeling scattered. Often, darling, we forget that change can cause us to get lost in fears.  Just set your intent for kindness. Realize, too, that you’re not alone, that you will adjust to the change, and that you’ll find your momentum again.

Four – Begin a Weekly Review

It’s easy to fall out of routines, so when we have a shake-up like the time change, it’s a good time to create nurturing practices. A weekly review allows you to really sharpen your intuitive focus so that the things that really matter to you don’t fall away in the busy-ness.   It lets you to see where you’ve been and where you’re heading.

Five – Create White Space

The more “to dos” you try to squeeze into your day the less you actually get done.  Just for the week, reduce your “to do” list to the bare minimum. Look at the big picture of your week ahead and cross off one item a day for the next week.   Give yourself plenty of white space so that you can breathe.

Six – Meditate, Baby!

One of the most proactive things you can do is to go within. Especially when you’re feeling scattered or like you don’t have a second to spare. Creating a meditation or prayer practice is the perfect way to listen to – or rediscover – your inner voice.

Seven – Create Something

What have you been meaning to create? There’s no better way to ease transition than getting lost in creativity. Write a letter. Make a fantastic dinner. Write a poem. Write a blog. Paint a postcard and send it to someone. In other words, get out of your head and into your hands.

Eight – Choose peace

When you are spinning out of control, stop a moment and ask yourself “Can I choose peace instead of this?” Your heart will typically say: “Yes!” Choosing peace  allows you to simply accept reality.

Nine – Go Play

The light is lasting longer, so go outside and play.  Ride your bike. Toss a ball. Go for a walk. Release your inner child.  Playing is essential to productivity.  Really!

Ten – Don’t Drive Through

When you’re tired and cranky, it’s tempting to get drive-through for dinner. Do yourself a big favor and don’t go for greasy comfort food. Eat really light at dinner time – scrambled eggs and toast or soup or cold sandwiches. Then you can go to bed early and wake up excited for a new day.

Eleven – Spring Clean

There’s nothing like deep cleaning and clearing clutter to help ease a transition.  Clean all the flat spaces in your living room.  Clean your closet. If you are feeling overwhelmed with clutter, consider getting some help (like my Clutter Busting Course which begins March 24th!).

Twelve – Buy Flowers

Though we’re springing forward, it’s hard to feel like spring when there’s snow on the ground or the grass is brown.  Pick up some flowers at the grocery store to brighten up the place!

By the way, darling focusing on the “problem” only perpetuates it. Ditch complaining about the time change. You’ve moved on. You’re beyond it.

I know that losing an hour of sleep can wreak havoc on your body for a bit, but cultivating some new rituals and creating special routines in the days ahead can help you ease into transition and fall in love with your life even more!  You now have more than enough time, lots of peace, and full permission from me to go to bed before 9:00 tonight!

What about you?  What ideas can you add to the list to spring forward.

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Life coach Debra Smouse helps women feeling overwhelmed by life and/or their schedule recreate their life into one worth falling in love with. A self admitted tarnished southern belle, she now resides in Dayton, OH with the man of her dreams.
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