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It’s time to turn that clock forward and say hello to longer days and later sunsets! But are you feeling a little out of whack from losing an hour of sleep? Maybe it’s the morning darkness that’s throwing you off, or maybe you’re just having trouble adjusting your body clock. Who knew this yearly 60-minute change could make such a difference in our routine? If you are anything like me, “springing forward” really puts a wrench in my schedule (but let’s be honest, those pre-sunset commutes sure are beautiful).
Here are four wellness tips and real-life hacks that can help you adapt to Daylight Savings Time:
The hour difference can mess with your sleep schedule. And if you live in one of these sleepless cities, changing the clock can become an issue. Allow yourself time to adjust. If the evening sunlight is disruptive, maybe it’s time to invest in a luxurious sleep mask. Or if it’s impossible to open your eyes in the morning because it’s so dark out, don’t fight it! Welcome those extra hours of zzzz’s until you feel like your body is back on track (on weekends of course).
The struggle can be real when it comes to embracing Daylight Savings Time. One *major* thing that helps me adjust to the sun being out til 7 PM? My nighttime ritual—specifically my bedtime ritual. It always keeps me on track and helps me unwind after a long workday. Accept the longer sunny hours by getting cozy before hitting the sheets. Take time to rest and relax. Ditch technology and unwind with a book. Or diffuse some of your favorite essential oils. These two things alone help me adapt in a routine that feels right to me.
Does the extra hour of darkness throw off your morning fitness game? If you’re having a hard time getting back into your regular workout schedule, try booking a new class. It can add a little extra excitement to your calendar! Maybe the extra daylight after work has you all about those sun salutations at a sunset meditation session. Or do colder, darker mornings have you warming up to hot yoga? I always like to add a different exercise (or two) to my routine when the seasons (and the clocks) change.
Of course, the extra daylight gives us even more time to get out into the great outdoors. Whether it’s a quick walk during lunch, a Saturday afternoon hike, or a brisk walk with your dog at sunset, spending time outside in the sunlight is one easy way to help your body adjust to seasonal jet lag. A few steps and some fresh air can make a huge difference in your day.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.