Spring forward? Yeah right! Daylight Savings Time (DST) falls on 30th March this year, and I'm already preparing myself for a miserably short day of sleep deprivation (it could be worse of course; poor mums wait all year for Mother's Day and when it finally arrives they end up losing an hour of sleep when the clocks go forward!).
The sun has finally made its way out from behind the clouds and for those of us who have spent the best part of winter hiding our make-up free faces from the world at large under snoods, beanies and strategically placed scarves, this can be more than a little daunting.
Here are just a few tips that will make facing your spring beauty fears that much easier.
Apparently today is the most depressing day of the whole year. While the date isn't the same every year, the day is. Statistically, the third Monday in January is the saddest day of the year, the day when everyone feels full of despair, totally fed up, down in the dumps, and generally pi...well, you get the idea!
I understand the logic behind the theory - the festive season is over,
the credit cards are maxed out, everyone's back to work and, if the Met
Office is right, the weather's about to get much worse! On top of
that, most people are feeling despondent because they've already broken
their resolutions, it's the middle of flu season and, oh yeah, it's Monday!
You can look at summer in two ways - beautiful blue skies, warm sunshine and an abundance of colour laid out by our country's natural foliage and abundance of flowers. Or, sunburn, heat rash, insect bites and hayfever! Whilst the latter may be less than enticing, it's a fact that just about every Brit will suffer from one or another in their lifetime so, as the warmer weather approaches, get your medicine cupboard in order so you're fully prepared for whatever the summer throws at you.
First things first. Before you update your medicine cupboard you need to
give it a good spring clean. Check expiration dates on lotions, potions
and medicines and anything that's past its sell-by date needs to go.
(And remember, medicines can be returned to any chemist for safe disposal.)
The last time I tried to make New Year resolutions was in middle school. I told myself that I would sleep no later than ten every night, I would only eat one cup of chocolate pudding a day rather than two and I would grow two inches and bra sizes in a year. Try to guess whether or not I was able to achieve my goals.
British Summer Time (an oxymoron if ever there was one) officially ended last weekend and this work week has been the first of many in the long winter months ahead where twilight is setting in before the work day finishes. But what price are we paying for that extra hour in bed we all enjoyed on Sunday morning? Well, at least 7 per cent of us are quite literally paying with our sanity according to a report in the British Medical Journal. So, could you be suffering with SAD?
Putting back the clocks has been an annual event in the UK since 1916
when the then-Government adopted a Daylight Saving system to save coal
by having longer daylight hours. Nowadays many people opposed to the
Spring and Autumn changing of the clocks not only argue that the energy
savings are negligible but are also bad for our mental health.
which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a type of winter
depression thought to be triggered by the clocks going back. Half a
million Brits are affected by the condition every year, suffering with
problems sleeping, lethargy, loss of concentration, anxiety and over
eating (it's no coincidence that companies like WeightWatchers see a massive uptake by the beginning of Spring).