Sunday the 27th was an important date in the calendar for 2022. Yesterday was the start of the journey into our summer time. The clocks have gone forward by 1 hour. So I hope you were not that person who slept in for something on the Sunday morning because you forgot about it.
The weather we have been having these past few days is getting us excited for the summer months ahead. The extra hour in the evening gives us all the perfect opportunity to do something after school or work. The clock changing officially means that summer is just around the corner.
It’s crazy how your mindset completely changes from longer daylight hours, whether it is in the morning or the night. I know everyone is different but I don’t think I have ever spoken to anyone who enjoys wakening up early in the dark, cold mornings. Most find it easier to get up earlier when the mornings are brighter.
There are so many more opportunities now and that’s what this blog is going to look at. The dark and dreary months of the year are officially over us and we can now look towards longer, brighter days with healthier mindsets!
Main benefits to the clocks going forward
With the clocks going forward there are many opportunities to start your day in a positive way. You may find yourself waking up in a better mood and with the motivation to do something you wouldn’t have thought of doing a few months ago. It could be exercise, an activity or something as simple as getting up to make breakfast.
From a personal perspective, last year I discovered the benefits at wakening up at 6 am. I found my evenings were mostly filled and I was struggling to fit in some sort of exercise throughout the week. So I began waking earlier. I would be able to fit in a gym session or even 9 holes of golf before starting work for the day. I felt it left me more motivated and helped set up for the rest of the day. This resulted in a better night-time routine. When my head hit the pillow I was out for the count and didn’t find myself scrolling on my phone.
Being able to exercise outdoors, for example walking, is one of the main benefits of the longer evenings. People love the idea of getting out in the fresh air whether it be for health benefits or to catch up with friends. With more hours of daylight you may find yourself getting more time to spend outside.
Instead of lying on the sofa binge watching your favourite box sets, why not make the most of what outside has to offer?
The least popular months of the year are behind us and everyone has clear ideas and goals set out for the next few months ahead. This time of year helps to put you in a positive frame of mind.
There are no longer the generic conversations such as “That’s an awful day”. Instead, these conversations are replaced with more positive ones such as “It’s great to have the long evenings back”. These small things help to create a more positive mindsets.
With the summer holidays in sight the longer day may help to give everyone that extra motivation to become healthier, whether it be physically or mentally. It’s the most popular time of the year for people to exercise because they have the time to do it and they enjoy being out in the sunshine.
So why not set yourself targets for the next few months and really take advantage of the longer days? Whether it is a personal sporting target or even just a walk a day to help clear your head there is no better time to do it and enjoy it than now.
I’m going to finish with asking you 3 questions. Your answers will be personal to you and are something you can reflect on:
How can I benefit from getting up earlier in the morning?
How can I benefit from the longer evenings?
How will this benefit my health?
P.S. If you are one of those people that don’t know how to change the time on your car or couldn’t be bothered changing it you will be glad to know it will be correct for the first time in 6 months!