What to do if the end of Daylight Saving Time feels like the end of the world*

This weekend Twitter was awash with tweets about the end of British summertime.  Mostly, it must be said, by parents lamenting the lack of a lie-in.  Some of my favourites were:

However, there is another reason why some of us may complain about the clocks going back.   It’s only since practicing Mindfulness that I have really tapped into how, if I’m not careful, my mood can shift into a downward spiral this month that isn’t improved until I am distracted by the excitement of dusting off the Christmas decorations and perusing the Boots and Marks & Spencers festive catalogues in early December.

So what is it about this weekend that brings the feeling of impending doom for some of us?

Especially, when according to this article the adjustment of ‘gaining’ an hour with the end of Daylight Saving Time is meant to be much easier for the body than in the spring when we ‘lose’ the hour.

I suppose for me, like for others, it’s the knowledge that for the next few months (essentially until I see those first snowdrops of spring  – a sight which I cherish every year) there is less chance of getting outside, not necessarily because of the cold but because of the darkness.  Let’s be honest:

  • Going to, and returning from, work in the dark is depressing.
  • Not being able to squeeze in a trip to the park after the babies’ lunchtime nap is demoralising.
  • Having no chance to get out for a run in daylight in the week is disheartening.

However, there must be some positives to the clocks going back.  So, this year it’s time to shift my perception of November and be mindful of the ‘woe is me’ rut that I can find myself in if I’m not careful.

To kick off this new approach to the end of Daylight Saving Time and on the last official day of British Summertime we spent a wonderful time at the North Kent coast.  It was just the reminder needed that we don’t have to stop visiting our favourite places just because it’s no longer ‘peak season’.

Therefore it’s time to embrace November by:

  • making the most of the fact that lots of people are in hibernation mode and therefore some of the most wonderful places are much quieter to visit than in the warmer months
  • enjoying the fact that a top TV programme –Strictly Come Dancing, is reaching it’s climax and is adding extra sparkle to those Saturday evenings in
  • snuggling in front of the fire and reading some great blogs and books.  I still have a few books to read that I wrote about here (as well as some new ones too!) and am always finding great new blogs which I would like to add to my ‘gratitude blog log‘ when I next update it.

So I will be mindful to monitor my thoughts and feelings this coming month to help to try and stop the downward spiral.  As the charity MIND states on their website :

“Most of us are affected by the change in seasons – it is normal to feel more cheerful and energetic when the sun is shining and the days are longer, or to find that you eat more or sleep longer in winter. “

However, if any of us feel like we have our very own ‘portable black cloud’ following us it would be worth finding more out about SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder).  For information about symptoms and treatment click here.

I’d be really interested to know if it’s just me that finds November the most difficult month of the year.

Or maybe you could tell me what you are looking forward to about the coming months?

*not REALLY I exaggerate  – but if it just makes you feel a little bit more grumpy than usual…  

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42 thoughts on “What to do if the end of Daylight Saving Time feels like the end of the world*

  1. I must be that ‘no parent ever’! My daughter is such a night owl, and I was so excited about the clocks going back because she now wakes naturally for Kindergarten! I’m looking forward to a trip to London to see my sister – am going by train so will have the chance to get lots of reading done, and generally it hasn’t been too bad here, the sun is so bright it makes up for the cooler temperatures. January is by far the worst month of me. November I don’t find so bad, as it’s also my birthday!

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    • Ooo yes I understand where you’re coming from about January too! You lucky thing having a daughter that wakes naturally for pre-school – we are struggling here at the mo! x


  2. I agree that it’s easy to be affected negatively by the darker, longer nights. I have a clock that slowly lights up to wake me in the morning and it has had a very positive effect. I also take solace in Strictly and the coming along of Christmas and Christmas get-togethers! #familyfun

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  3. November is like the autumn switch being flicked to off. I love autumn so I do always feel a little sad, however I have really been enjoying seeing glimmers of Christmas lights here and there. Plus all the lovely snuggley hats scarfs and jumpers in the shops. Its turned so cold here in the East of England so feels really like winter has begun. I’m totally with you on still going on outdoor trips. My husband is a kitesurfer and will still go to the beach in January when there is snow on the ground!
    (I would be at home by the fire however!)
    That was a really lovely post thank you for sharing,

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  4. Hello, I have been reading lots of mindfulness books recently. It’s wonderful. I agree, I find November a bit of a nothing month especially as Christmas season seems to begin earlier and earlier every year. I find it stressful because we don’t earn a huge amount so Christmas is tight plus it’s our middle child’s and my mother’s birthday in December too arrgghhhh So yes, November isn’t great! Lovely pictures of the seaside, looks beautiful x

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  5. Love the memes!! Made me chuckle, I too dreaded the extra hour, as it only meant my little one thought the day should start at 4am cue tired mummy!
    You have however inspired me to try and be more mindful about how I think about these coming months of winter. I’ve often had troubles with seasonal gloominess, but I think this year I’ll do my best to catch the daylight when it’s there and enjoy the changing seasons and the great excuse for cozying up with hot chocolate! Xx

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  6. Ah what a great post! I am definitely going to use some of these tips and try and be mindful of the things that make me happiest during the cold months. I love being by the fire and reading a book, will have to check out your list of books as well because I’m currently on the hunt for a really good book! Thanks so much for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

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  7. Ah the time change. Here, in the US, we don’t change our clocks until the weekend and I am strangely looking forward to it. If for nothing, then, just to see how my kids deal with it. Spring has traditionally been the more challenging one for us as you rightly noted. With a baby this year too, I am more curious to see how she handles it, than worry about it (or maybe I am redirecting my dread in an unconscious way). What a timely post. #familyfun

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  8. The clocks moving around annoys me rather than depresses me. Why can’t we just leave them alone? Time is only a man made concept anyway so why mess with it even more!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

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  9. We were so busy this weekend we sort of missed the clocks changing and it didn’t really effect us at all. It was weird I knew I was going to get an extra hour but knew robert would probably wreck that. It was good. The dark weather does seem to get me down but I have really enjoyed having my RObert and the autumnal feel outside recently. We’ve headed off to the park wrapped up warm just before dusk for a little bit. It is just so nice. It’ll soon be December and we will have all the lights twinkling everywhere too! Thanks for linking up to #FamilyFun

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  10. It’s so easy to feel glum about the short days isn’t it, thanks for the positive spin. I do always enjoy the reduced sense of pressure you put on yourself to get out and do things though, there’s something nice about hibernating in a cosy house listening to the rain on the windows! #kcacols

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  11. Yeah I must say I am defineitly one of those grumps at this time of year. I hate the clock going back and the dark nights and the hot I don’t get lol. But you’re right I probably shouldn’t focus on all the things I don’t like and be a little more mindful of the positives to help myself. You do make a good point there is much better TV in winter hehehe. Thank you for linking up with us at #familyfun

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  12. I’m not saying that I like winter / the cold or when it gets dark so early, but I must say, so far I’ve noticed how I enjoy it a lot more to cuddle up with the children after school. They come back, have a snack, and it’s already dark, so we take it as an opportunity to cuddle up on the sofa until dinner time and love it! Plus, it’s a lot easier to put them to bed! #KCACOLS

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  13. I’m trying my best to appreciate the cosy feeling of a dark night, lighting candles and the fire, and making the most of daylight at the weekends by getting out and about. The evenings do feel so short don’t they! x #KCACOLS

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  14. You are so right and I “suffer” from too much darkness as well. But as a paradox, I also love autumn. I end up combining these two by spending more time inside, reading more, finally enjoying my candles and thinking about the magical Christmas xx #KCACOLS

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  15. My kids are older so they love that extra hour of sleep lol. It is a bit depressing it seeming to be dark so much of the time, but snuggling up with the family on cold nights makes it worth it.

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  16. I actually quite like November, probably because it feels like a lovely lead up to Christmas, and I find the dark evenings quite cosy! x #KCACOLS

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  17. hehe I saw so many memes on twitter and fb last week! I love the idea of snuggling up and reading now that the nights are drawing in. it can be super cosy with candles 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!


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