Green Living

Earth Hour

Tomorrow at 8:30PM begins Earth Hour; an hour dedicated to turning off all the lights. A lot of cities, hotels, shops and homes are involved (a few local hotels are giving out glow sticks to guests!) and I’m also going to turn my lights off at 8:30 and then keep them off for the rest of the night.

Turning things off more often has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about. I’ve been reading Spent and a few other books that talk about the need for the body to be in rhythm with the day. My own doctor has told me this, that it’s crucial to adrenal support. Yet, as a constant night owl who is just creatively charged starting at 10PM each night, this is very, very hard to do.

I used to get away with being up all night, going to sleep at 7, waking up a couple of hours later. But that has caught up with me physically and mentally and now I’m trying to get into the rhythm of the day (it’s hard). So Earth Hour seems like a good way to ease into a less technological-active night while also being part of a big global movement.

And although I have a goal to one day be able to turn all things tech-related (computer, phones, lights) off by 11PM, I’ll start small with Earth Hour tomorrow. Candles, after all, are a very hygge thing.

Some ideas:

  1. Play games like Scrabble, Cranium, Twister, cards.
  2. Gather friends for a potluck, have some great conversation and eat some great food.
  3. Do a puzzle.
  4. Read.
  5. Go for a walk. Stargaze.
  6. Sleep
  7. Play hide and go seek – regardless of your age.
  8. Camp out (inside or out. Inside forts are sometimes the best).
  9. Have a campfire.
  10. Embroider (Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching has wonderful kits) or hand sew something.
  11. Try some of these 10 ideas ideas or these
  12. If you have children (or even if you don’t), consider making your own candles in the morning so you can light them in the evening.

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    JayneNo Gravatar
    March 27, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    I can wholeheartedly endorse this idea of following the rhythm of the day. I’ve been getting up with the birds for a few years now and find that the early morning is the loveliest time of the day. It’s so peaceful when everyone else is still asleep and that silence allows me to gather my thoughts and start the day in a very gentle way. Of course that means becoming tired earlier in the evening but for me that’s a small price to pay.

    I can also recommend embroidery – it’s slow, methodical and relaxing with something pretty to keep, or give as a special gift, at the end of it all.

    I wish you all the best with your gradual transformation into a gentler routine.

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    LeahNo Gravatar
    March 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    How funny. I have just this week myself decided to go to bed earlier and earlier, bit by bit, to try and change my own night owl ways. We’ll see if I can change 20 years worth of late-night/late-morning habits, of also finding that woosh! of energy at 10 pm.

    So glad you wrote this now. It’s the dash of inspiration and internet camaraderie I needed. Thanks, and good luck finding the day rhythm.

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    JacquelineNo Gravatar
    March 30, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Just wanted to say that I’m really enjoying your blog — and this post really resonates with me. I read Spent and think shutting off the lights and following the natural rhythm of the day might be some of the best health advice ever. Jayne – I love those mornings when I wake with the birds and hope to have more of them! Here’s a good interview with Frank Lipman from another favorite women’s health site of mine.

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    JacquelineNo Gravatar
    March 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Oops — I guess I am not as tech savvy as I think — here’s the Lipman article, http://www.womentowomen.com/fatigueandstress/franklipman-exhaustion.aspx

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    KellyNo Gravatar
    March 31, 2009 at 7:23 AM

    Hey!

    I highly recommend The Mood Cure for supplement help when it comes to regulating your bod and sleep. Off hand I know Tryptophan and calcium will help to make you sleepy. A plus is that the Tryptophan will more than likely improve seratonin production too!
    p.s. been drinking licorice root tea for adrenal support and swear by reflexology massage.

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