Daylight Savings Time, The Forty-Fourth Week in the Second Year of the New Abnormal

Janet Zinn
3 min readNov 5, 2023

I voted early yesterday. I like my councilwoman and I wanted to keep her in office. What I don’t get to vote for is the abolishment of daylight savings time. We turned the clocks back last night, and ostensibly we got an extra hour of sleep. Then in April we “spring” ahead losing that hour. I say, no thank you.

As a child, I was delighted to stay in my pajamas longer on a crisp Autumn Sunday. Now, it feels like a game I’m playing that I never agreed to participate in. I accept the inevitability of daylight savings time along with other events not of my choosing.

I believe Daylight Savings Time or “DST” began in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada, a northern bay town of Lake Superior. It was decided that DST would help to take advantage of the daylight while also conserving energy. Then two years into WWI the Germans and Austrians instituted DST and it became an international trend. And, though not a trend in all countries, it is observed by over seventy countries worldwide.

I have no doubt that it works to some advantage for others. But, for me, given the upside-down state of our world, I’ll take a modicum of stability when I can.

Whatever your stance on DST, may your day be bright, and your shorter days be filled with light.

Self-Care Tips:

· While there may not be a lot in life that’s under your control, try to find the few things that you can freely choose and enjoy your personal selections within the options available.

· If you’re someone who leans on routines, see if you’re able to switch it up. In this way you can experience something new, both in the new action taken, as well as the reaction to it. One example is to put your shoes on opposite to the way you’re used to putting them on. If you start with the right food, try starting with the left. If you put both socks on before you put your shoes on, try putting one sock on followed by your shoe, then repeat.

· If you’re in New York City, go to the marathon path today and be inspired by the racers. If not, enjoy seeing aerial views on TV.

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Janet Zinn

NYC Psychotherapist, writer, wife, mother, & more...