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Springing Forward: The Grand Stretch is Back

Photo by Orla Joyce for the Circular.org

That stretch in the evenings is back and she’s brighter than ever. The sun is setting well after COB (Close of Business) for those in a 9-5 job and the clocks will be springing forward at 1 am on the 27th of March. Grand Stretch ’22 has finally arrived!

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In March 2019 the European Parliment voted to end day light savings time. 2021 was to be the last year people would have to recite ‘spring forward, fall back’ as they changed the clock in their car. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic this was put on hold, and there is yet to be an update on when the clocks will change for the last time.

Many people are longing for that ‘grand stretch’ in the evenings. The phrase is used to describe that extra hour of sunlight in the evening, safe in the knowledge the harsh Winter is over and the evenings will be getting brighter from here on out. There has even been a Twitter account set up with daily updates regarding the time the sun will be setting that evening.

That extra little bit of daylight can greatly improve mental health, particularly for those who live with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a type of depression disorder which impacts people’s moods based on the seasons. It mainly presents itself in the colder seasons, as Autumn transitions into Winter. However, it is possible to show symptoms of SAD in the transition from Spring to Summer also. 

For those impacted by SAD in the winter light therapy or phototherapy has been suggested to help alleviate some of the symptoms. It is important to note light therapy is not a cure and if you or someone you know is in need of help, contact your GP. Some symptoms of SAD to watch out for are depression, lethargy and increased appetite. The Irish Health Service Executive offers more detailed information about this disorder. 

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