Keep Your Energy Up as the Days Get Shorter

Posted September 21, 2012 by Marcy Farrey in Life After Five

Summer is coming to a quick close and fall is on it’s way. With the dropping temperatures comes daylight savings. Soon, we’ll “fall back” an hour, and we’ll commute home under a darkened sky.

As the days seem to shorten, many of us have trouble adjusting. It gets dark so early that we want to curl up in bed as soon as we get home from work. Keeping the energy up becomes harder and harder.

How can we keep ourselves from losing energy during the fall and winter? Everyone wants to be able to take full advantage of their days — for work and for play. Apartment Therapy offers a few great tips to help you stay awake during these darker months. Start preparing now:

Vitamin D: During the fall and winter months, it’s a good idea to check your intake of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is the vitamin we get from sunlight. When you spend less time in the sun, you have less Vitamin D — which some scientists say can lead to fatigue and depression, among other problems. Check with your doctor and make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D and other helpful nutrients.

Wake Up Earlier: The writers at Apartment Therapy point out that we don’t actually lose an hour of sunlight in the fall and winter. The sun is simply out earlier, probably when we’re still asleep. To maximize your time with the sun, waking up earlier can help. Your body already wants to sleep earlier, so getting up earlier might keep you balanced.

Exercise in the Morning: Here’s one reason to get up earlier — exercise! Every time I try to exercise after work in the fall and winter, I end up covered up in a blanket on the couch watching reruns of Friends. To make sure you get in the workouts and keep your motivation going, exercise in the morning when the sun is up. It will also help you stay energized the rest of the day.

Check out more of Apartment Therapy’s great tips here. Just because it seems like the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean they actually are — all you need to do is shift your habits. You can be just as energized and active as you were this summer.

And a quick reminder, even though it’s still a ways away — daylight savings occurs on Sunday, November 4th at 2 a.m.

About the Author

Marcy Farrey

Marcy Farrey is a videographer, writer, and editor. In her previous life, she worked as a broadcast news reporter and producer in Lincoln, Nebraska and as a writer and producer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. Learn more about Marcy on her website

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