The days are shortening and winter’s chill is taking hold in many places of the world. Winter is coming and with it the time has just changed for many. The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer and winter months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates. According to many sources, DST saves energy too.
Most areas in North America and Europe, and some areas in the Middle East, observe daylight saving time, while most areas of Africa and Asia do not. In South America, most countries in the north of the continent near the equator do not observe DST, while Paraguay and southern parts of Brazil do.
For those of you whose days inevitably will be spent inside because of cold weather we offer some helpful tips to make the most of this winter.
The Great Indoors
- Cozy up in front of a roaring fire
- Try out new board games (bonus points if they are popular in countries other than your own. Matador for example, which is popular in Denmark!)
- Shop post-holiday sales (online, in your PJs)
- Take a long bubble bath
- Watch an interesting documentary with someone you love
- Yes even though it’s cold! Much like exercise, getting enough natural light during the winter is important in order to prevent seasonal affective disorder, and reduce its symptoms.
- Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the less crowded hikes you love during the summer
- Ice skate
- Enjoy a hot drink at a outdoor winter market
Go See An Up with People Show!
- Right now Up with People is on the road and could be coming to a city near you! At the time of this writing they are traveling through Sweden. If you need a jolt of energy and a fun night out check out the world tour schedule here.
Plan, Refresh, Get Ready for the New Year
- While New Year’s Resolutions may seem a bit cliché they can be extremely helpful. Take stock of your life, the past year and while you’re stuck inside plan your priorities for the year to come. Goal setting can be extremely helpful and there’s no better time than when the light fades.
Take An Off Season Vacation
- Many of the world’s most popular destinations (Paris for example) are pretty darn crowded during the summer busy season. Take advantage of price drops on hotels, flights and if you can bundle up and brave the cold some pretty amazing holiday markets during the winter.
- Check out Up with People’s eXperience Scandinavia winter tour here.
Catch Up On Reading
- When was the last time you read a good book? Winter is the perfect time to challenge yourself to read more. Watching hours of TV can sometimes make people feel like vegetables. Turning off the TV and reading a book has been shown to actually stimulate the brain and fill you with new ideas, energizing your mind through the winter months!
Do Something Kind
- The lack of daylight can be a damper on our moods. Make a point to get out of the house and do something nice for a stranger or even a friend. Anything can instantly make you feel better!
“Yesterday was once tomorrow
Right now happens in-between
Get on board this time machine”
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