Daylight Savings Time: Some Things to Think About

Oh, the daylight will most likely spawn a new positive attitude in all of us.  It does in me. Daylight Savings is a reflection of a change in season, which means the shedding of the past winter and the garnering of a new outlook on what’s to come: spring!

This is the season when the days are longer, and the temperatures are more bearable than those less-than-desirable freezing days of winter.  While the weather is going through a transition, our psyche endures a number of changes as well.  Not only does Daylight Savings Time mean an extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon, it also means losing an hour of sleep, which can be tough to handle, to say the least!

Losing sleep can affect us both physically and mentally, which can lead to irritation, frustration, and agitation.  When dealing with a loss of sleep, try having a pep talk with yourself before leaving home and starting your day.  Change the channel on your bad attitude early so that it doesn’t impact those around you on the job, at home, or wherever your destination may be.  Remember, you get to pick the attitude you will don all day. With spring being so sunny and bright, choose to reflect the same.

Although some complain about the loss of sleep, the longer days can work as an encouragement to address certain issues that went unaddressed in the winter.  In the spring, you might be more inclined to exercise and get ready for the next season change to summer. The longer days allow more time for outings with friends and strolls in the park. Unfortunately, the spring weather can also be a dreadful reminder of allergies, so be certain to stock up on your allergy medicines. Don’t forget to have an umbrella and rain gear stashed in the car, as this is also the season for rainy weather.

Lastly, Daylight Savings Time is a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home.  If your smoke detector is 10 years old, you may need to replace it. If you live in Philadelphia and are in need of a smoke detector, you can call the city’s non-emergency line at 311 to obtain one. The Philadelphia Fire Department will install your smoke detectors for free if you meet these requirements:

  1. You are a resident of the City of Philadelphia.
  2. You live in a one or two family owner-occupied dwelling.
  3. You otherwise could not afford to purchase smoke alarms

Despite losing an hour of sleep, I hope you’ll see spring is a wonderful time of year and our reminder to spring forward in our thoughts and actions. Enjoy the changes in the season as nature transforms itself right before our eyes.

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