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…