Daylight Savings Time Ending in LA: What Does Your Response Say About You?

Daylight Savings Time Ending in LA: What Does Your Response Say About You?
The ending to daylight savings time in Los Angeles is here. For many the darkness connected to daylight savings time ending feels like a weight and not something to look forward too. But for some, the winter and its extended nighttime feel like something they have been waiting for all year. So why is it that as humans we can have so many different opinions about long sunny days versus longer nights? I believe that on some level it has to do with the continuum of mood, and where you stand on that continuum most of the time.

To put it simply, darkness and light affect our mood greatly. A therapist sees it dramatically when working with people living with bipolar disorder, and less obviously with those that experience depression and anxiety. Those that tend to be more depressive in nature typically dread the darkness. They are uncomfortable feeling sad and thus look forward to the sun and its inherit manic energy. Those that tend to be more anxious in nature typically look forward to the darkness. The amount of energy they have is exhausting, and they bathe in the calmness darkness can bring.

Paying attention to your thoughts when the time changes provides insight into your moods. Once you understand more about how the nature rhythm of the seasons affects you, precautions can be taken. Increase your coping skills during the time of year that is most difficult, set up structured activities to keep you energized or relaxed, and try to be extra mindful about staying in the present.

3 Responses to “Daylight Savings Time Ending in LA: What Does Your Response Say About You?”
  1. 11.06.2011

    This is great. I’m definitely going to be observing how I react to the change. Its funny how I don’t know which one I’m more inclined towards.
    Great post!!

  2. Beth
    11.06.2011

    Just wondering what you mean by “anxious in nauture”? I love the darkness, cold weather, rain and the shorter days. But I am also an avid gardener and I love nature, hiking and camping. But I do my best to avoid being outside on very hot days. I also don’t like the really long sunny days that feel like they will never end. What makes someone “anxious in nature”? I’m glad you are talking about this. I think people who crave darkness and coldness don’t get enough attention! 🙂
    I wonder if my love of gardening is how I cope with the constant sunshine that I dread?

    • Patricia OLaughlin
      11.08.2011

      Beth,
      Good insight about your coping, that could be true. It might help you relax despite the suns high energy. By “anxious in nature” I mean a person who spends much of their time in a high energy state. It could mean someone who is constantly “on the go”, or someone who worries a lot, or someone who feels like the think too much. The darkness can bring relief to people of this type of nature.


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Patricia O’Laughlin, licensed therapist and Art Therapist, providing EMDR and therapy to individuals, couples, teens, and adults. Silver Lake/Los Feliz, Los Angeles. therapy@patriciaolaughlin.com or (323)761-2221.