Daylight Savings Time 2011 (officially Daylight Saving Time 2011) has ended in the U.S.
Do you notice a change in your caregiving?
Whether you’re giving care to a baby, an adult or animals, it doesn’t take long to realize how sensitive they can be to light – and to time changes.
Try to explain to a hungry child or pet that it’s not time to eat for another hour because the time just changed. Yeah, right.
It’s no surprise that many farmers hated Daylight Saving Time when it first went almost national in 1966.
And ever notice how it also can affect adults?
Maybe the one you’re caring for cannot express it in words. He or she may be more easily frustrated, angry, or even withdrawn.
And maybe it affects you too. The light change could be the cause. Or maybe it’s all the clocks and gadgets that need a time change – adding to your tasks. If they were made before a certain date, their automatic adjustments are wrong.
Daylight Saving Time was extended around 2007 in the U.S. So it now starts earlier and ends later each year. Supposedly to save money. At least one recent study shows it doesn’t save money. Any chance of a repeal?
That’s a rhetorical question.
I’m reminded of a quote…
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
In thinking about it, time is fundamental. Plants and animals including humans react to the light. Animals including humans produce hormones in daily cycles. Which is why a fever is often higher in the evening than the morning.
Time is something sacred to be honored. And best left to Someone Who knows all the possible consequences?
Instead of ranting on about Daylight Saving Time, it’s time to knit. Knitting relieves stress. While it may not solve all the problems in the world, it can help put them in perspective.
Daylight Savings Time 2011 affected caregiving, and knitting helps relieve caregiver stress. In caregivers who knit that is.
Another way to relieve stress is to show others how much they mean to you. To find out how click here right now.
And in the meantime…
Keep knitting to your heart’s desire – or someone else’s!
To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”