This is me, enjoying my sun-room and dreading the end of day light savings. Wearing my brightest colored outfit, in denial, and shifting through conflicting feelings. I love the fall and I hate the fall. I love the cooling temperatures and the approaching holiday season. I hate the “falling back an hour” and losing the early evening day light.
For years this has been a rough patch. Usually starting in September, I would anticipate the loss of daylight with anxiety. As a military brat that frequently moved, I often started a new school in the fall. However, the dread has continued well into adulthood. Maybe its a mild form of seasonal affective disorder. As I research this on the web, I change my mind. I don’t normally suffer from depression, but the adjustment to darkness is foreboding. What’s different now, after a full year of retirement, is that I no longer have the demands on me that put me home well after dark in the first place. Now I come and go all day long, and I love being outside. And even though I’m a morning person, I don’t think my neighbors would appreciate my leaf blowing at 6;30am instead of 6:30pm. What does an “out-doorsy” person do for hours in the dark when not sleeping?
I’m thinking of ways to disrupt the darkness this fall and I want to know what others do. I’ll be returning from a week + in Molokai the day of the time change. I’ll be managing that AND the jet lag associated with a 5 hour time difference (sorry, these are the privileged problems of which I write some times.) How can I maximize my day light hours and avoid boredom in the evenings? Here are a few things I’ve brainstormed so far:
- Read the book “Bored but Brilliant” by writer, podcaster and TED Talker Manoush Zomorodi (recommended by fellow blogger Nia at Reflections and Life Lessons),
- Maximize your daylight hours by doing what you love outdoors – running, walking, garden maintenance, kayaking while its light outside and don’t waste day light hours with social media, Netflix, blogging, etc.,
- Shower, shave wash your hair in the evenings before bed,
- Keeps things cheery by wearing bright colors, buying fresh flowers and burning candles with fresh scents,
- Run some of your errands in the evening when it doesn’t matter whether its dark, such as mall or grocery shopping, filling the car up with gas,
- Plan things in the evenings that will also keep you active. Some things close to me include Top Golf, bowling, and yoga,
- Try some new recipes, bake from scratch and let the oven warm up your house,
- Make sure all your battery operated home equipment has fresh batteries, reverse your ceiling fans, flip your mattress, and get out that owner’s manual to figure out how to change the time in your car,
- Start planning your spring vacation (s),
- Clean out the garage, now that it’s not incredibly hot, and
- Write your congress representative protesting the ridiculous time change!
What do you do? Especially those of you who are retired and living the good life – how do you live it after dark?