It seems to take us by surprise every year: the twice-a-year clock switching ritual known as Daylight Saving Time. And aside from having to figure out how the clock in our cars works for the zillionth time, it’s a tradition that has consequences. While we love that extra hour of daylight in the spring, for instance, some studies link that lost hour of sleep to consequences including upticks in car accidents and emergency room visits. When it comes to this time of year, some research has theorized that our skies getting dark earlier can contribute to funky moods.
This might all be true, or it might be coincidence. But most of us feel the impact of Daylight Saving one way or another—it’s simply part of the rhythm of the year and the effect of the passing of the seasons.
This annual switch hasn’t been around forever. The first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time was Germany in 1916; the United States followed suit two years later. Our current time zones were also put into place then, and even though DST was scrapped here after World War I, it returned during World War II and was here to stay. Of course, if you’re reading this from Arizona or Hawaii, you might wonder what the fuss is about—neither state observes Daylight Saving.
One thing we’re sure of is that this Fall Back (as opposed to Spring Forward) time of year means many of us will soon be commuting home from work under dark skies. We’re headed right into the winter months, which can be long and challenging depending on where we live—a cycle of life that can knock us off our hard-earned sense of balance.
It’s a time when we have to start looking for restoration and give some extra attention to self-care in our routines and rituals. That might mean a hot bath to relax at the end of a long day or carving out space to blow off some steam at the gym, or even just a meditative cup of tea in the midst of a busy day.
We’re leaders in extolling the benefits of hemp and all that it can do to help support health and wellness. This time of year, Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract can be an especially valuable part of nurturing wellness—no matter how dark and gloomy the sky might be.
A dropper of our Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Oil tincture under the tongue supplies a reliable and measured amount of CBD and other cannabinoids, which work with the body’s systems to support equilibrium and resilience. The same benefits come from our CBD softgels, which many prefer because of their portability and lack of flavor.
As we’re fortifying ourselves for the cold months of winter, our rhythms and routines need to adjust along with the seasonal needs of our minds and bodies. We all know that run-down feeling that can come from working too hard or being a little too frazzled when the thermometer starts letting us know the shortest days of the year are drawing near. Making sure our diets include lots of plant-based goodness and that we’re getting as much sleep as we need can be the kind of prevention that keeps us from having to take a sick day (or worse, slog through a shift at work with a runny nose and sinus headache).
Many users of our Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract report that it has a calming effect on a busy mind, which can be a terrific help in maintaining daily equanimity and stamina. It can also help us get enough deep, sustaining rest at the end of a busy day. Another great regimen this time of year is regular exercise, whether it’s a yoga class, some time on a treadmill or elliptical, or weight training at the gym. Our Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD protein powder is perfect before or after a workout, mixed into a smoothie or a favorite beverage—we like to think of it as plant-powered balance in a glass.
There’s really no single magic thing that we can do to maintain our wellbeing as the days shorten and the nights grow colder—it’s more an accumulation of a lot of little acts on a daily basis that give us the best overall vibe and inner shine. It’s important to remember that our own wellness has to be high on the priority list, and that we’re better able to take care of those who rely on us when we’re at our best.
As for Daylight Saving Time, it isn’t the most popular of our annual rituals—some people even advocate for getting rid of it altogether. We’re not wading into that particular controversy, but we are taking an extra dropper of Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract today to put the season on notice. We’re using every arrow in our quiver to stay balanced and healthy, and we sure are glad that the power of hemp is on our side.
The information provided is for informational purposes only. None of the information provided here should be considered medical advice or treatment recommendations. Consult with your health care provider if you have questions about incorporating CBD into your wellness regimen.