Rainy Sunday

Hello Sunday and the last day of the weekend☹, y’all! I knew it was going to be a rainy day, but what I did not know was how much my legs were going to hurt today. Of course, we lost an hour of sleep due to what I believe is the last time we will have to time change, but my cats were unaware of this and started to wake me up SUPER early. The older cat started walking all over my legs at 6:30 AM and it hurt more than normal. I think today is going to have to be a lazy day and I will not be doing anything strenuous. How are you planning to spend your day? What do you think of time change?

This is not something any of us should be thinking about because we do have the rest of the day before the workweek begins. Of course, I am always thinking ahead of time and am already planning my day tomorrow because it will involve dealing with the Gilenya nonsense again! I am hoping that things will go better with the MS medication tomorrow because I cannot deal with any more stress involved with this situation. I do think I am going to start today to try to find out if there are any other good neurologists where I live.

Do you enjoy rainy days? Honestly, I would much prefer to have rainy days when I am not working because it is an excuse to not do anything! Rain always increases my pain level. On the pain scale, my normal pain level hovers around a 4, but when it is raining it pushes up to around a 9. While I write this post, my pain level seems to be well past a 10. Unfortunately, there is nothing that helps the pain, so I just have to deal with it and not let it get me down.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day. Is there anything that you can do to relieve your pain when it gets out of control? I am looking forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa


Adjusting to the time change

Monday is never exciting, but it is always slightly challenging. The only difference about today is it is the first Monday after the time change. The time change that occurred over the weekend allowed us to sleep in an extra hour, which should have been nice. I did not sleep any later and ended up getting up even earlier. Crazy, right? The time change also means it will get light earlier in the morning and dark earlier in the evening.

For those affected by the time change, the days will start getting shorter and shorter. The good news for those in the United States is, the time change could be ending. The US Senate passed legislation that will make daylight savings permanent starting in 2023. This would end the twice-annual changing of the clocks in a move for brighter afternoons, which is called the “Sunshine Protection Act”. This has yet to be signed by the President, so this could change. Who knows what will end up happening?

The adjustment to the time change does not have to be massive or unpleasant. The following tips are a few ways we can keep up with the changing time.

Stay Active:

Regardless of the shorter days, continue to try staying active as possible. Continue doing the things that bring you joy and contentment. Put extra effort into seeing the people you care about and continue your normal exercise regimen if you have one😊!

Stay visible after dark:

If you have always had outdoor activities at night, such as evening walks with a friend or pet, make sure to carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing. These simple practices will keep you safe at night so oncoming cars will be able to see you.

Sunrise change does not need to affect your sleep:

The late afternoon and evening darkness can make it easy to feel fatigued earlier and make you want to change your routine. The earlier sunrise may wake up earlier than you need to be awake, which can be frustrating. To avoid the earlier sunrise disturbing your sleep, you can try wearing an eye mask or installing blackout blinds in your bedroom.

Try getting more sunlight later:

When we allow ourselves to get more sunlight in the evenings, it may help our body to adjust to a slightly later bedtime. We are only adjusting our internal clock by one hour, so it should not take too long to adjust and feel normal😊.

Adjust your melatonin regimen:

Once a few days have passed, we should begin feeling normal again. Melatonin plays a big role in our circadian rhythm. If you are already taking melatonin and find the time change too difficult, you can discuss the issue with your doctor and follow their advice.

I hope you found the tips I have suggested helpful in adjusting to the time change. This is always something that I struggle with because my internal clock never stops. I guess that explains why I was awake much earlier than necessary over the weekend. If you have any other suggestions for adjusting to the time change, please share as I am sure everyone reading this would be interested. I hope you have a wonderful day! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa