Farewell to winter, hello to longer days spent outdoors!
This time of year is bittersweet for us Vermonters that enjoy living in a snowy climate. We say goodbye to snow play and say hello to ice, frozen ground and mud.
Along with spring conditions, come longer days, which our barnyard friends rejoice in. We all become energized, dust off the brushes and get ready to shed our winter coats.
Longer days give us energy to clean the barns, so If you visit us in springtime, we might just hand you a shovel. But then of course mother nature likes to keep us guessing. We anticipate sunny days over 32 degrees, but sometimes they don’t arrive soon enough. One thing’s for sure, Daylight Savings Time always arrives on schedule.
Okay, are you ready to spring forward and lose a precious hour of sleep? I’m not sure I am, but here are 8 healthy tips to help you out.
1. Get Your Sleep
Sleeping 8 – 9 hours a night is ideal for your body. If you don’t want to lose an hour of sleep, start your bedtime routine an hour earlier. Consider natural sleep aids, much like CBD, to support your natural circadian rhythm to the new time.
2. Get Outside and Move
Moving your body and being in nature is a grounding tool you need to not only work your muscles, but to also help create homeostasis in your body. Since the majority of your time in the winter is spent inside, it’s important to get out, listen to the birds, be in the trees and enjoy some nature therapy.
3. Eat Smart, Eat Plants
Munch on anti inflammatory foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-
based proteins and fresh herbs and spices. Plants are also high in antioxidants, which
protect your cells against free radicals, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Raw
honey contains an array of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which is why we only use
raw honey that is locally and organically sourced in our Hemp Infused Honey.
4. Be Mindful of What and When You Eat and Drink
Eat earlier in the evening to help your body prepare for bedtime. Try to avoid spicy or
fatty foods, since they can lead to indigestion and insomnia. Avoid caffeine, sugar and
alcohol later in the day. This will help you fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer.
5. Add Adaptogens to Help Combat Stress
Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain and tension, which can lead to adverse
conditions throughout your body. Adaptogens are plants that increase your body’s ability
to adapt to stress while creating balance in your endocrine and immune systems.
Ayurvedic classical texts and clinical studies describe Ashwagandha as a safe and
effective adaptogen, which is why we produced Hemp Infused Honey w/ Ashwagandha:
240mg CBD. Supplementation is a beautiful thing, as sweet as honey and as supporting
6. Stay Hydrated
Drink your water. You don’t need to obsess about reaching a particular number of cups
each day, but it’s helpful to get in the habit of drinking water more regularly. To make
sure you’re hydrated, keep an insulated water bottle or two with you at all times, so you
can constantly sip and share with a friend.
7. Reduce Your Screen Time
Screen time reduction is always a great choice any time of the year. So say goodbye to
the devices in the evening, they stimulate your brain making it harder to fall asleep. Try
avoiding hand-held and computer screens at least two hours before bed, and avoid
television at least one hour before bed, or heck, not at all.
8. Be Consistent With Your Sleep and Wake Routine
Wake up at the same time each morning to keep your sleep cycle consistent, yes this
means on the weekends too. Getting out of bed at the same time every morning is a
great way to improve your sleep cycle. A consistent sleep routine based on a certain rise
time will help you feel more rested.
As with most changes, adjusting to Daylight Savings Time presents us with choices. In our
case, it can be either jar half full, or half empty. As long term business owners in this ever
changing market, choosing the jar half full is healthier and wiser when wanting to reach our long
As we say goodbye to the snow, and hello to sap season, we take a deep breath and welcome
the light that we longed for in months past.
With these 8 tips in mind, you can prepare your body to handle the seasonal changes and take
the time to care for your body’s daily needs. Happy Daylight Savings friends, spring equinox and
mud season are right around the corner.