Valley mental health professional offers tips for dealing with daylight saving time

FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) – DST ends on Sunday, November 6. Everyone gets another hour of sleep when we “fall back”.

It also means that for many people it will be dark on the way home from work.

This change can be hard to get used to. For many, the time change leads to seasonal affective disorder.

Andrea Kendall, licensed clinical social worker at Augusta Health, says keeping a consistent schedule, practicing good sleep habits, working out, and relaxing time can help you make the change.

“It’s not a replacement for extra sunlight, but it’s important to be intentional about exposing yourself to the sun, even five or ten minutes a day, just bundle up and get outside, take some sunshine and some fresh air,” Kendall said.

While it’s always nice to get more sleep, a change in schedule can disrupt normal functioning. Give yourself time to adapt.

“It’s okay if it takes you about a month to get used to this change because we really deal with our worries and all those things with our routine and our structure and our predictability, so any change can be hard to accept,” she said. said.

However, if you don’t feel able to adjust during this time, talk to a doctor about what you’re going through. Kendall said they might recommend medication to help get through the winter months.

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