Spring fever is a real thing: Its natures boost to end your hibernation
I liken Spring Fever to what a seed must feel in the ground after the dormancy of Winter. It swells; the skin tightens and cracks as the shoot stretches toward the light.
Spring fever is a real psychological and physiological change related to the lengthening of days. Many people experience increased restlessness and more energy, perhaps a desire to organize, eat better and exercise more. Others feel more discontent, with a greater sense of isolation, depression and anxiety. They may have trouble sleeping as the days grow longer – particularly after Spring Equinox. People who suffer from seasonal affective disorder may notice it worsening in early Spring.
And, in the Pacific Northwest, when Spring is often accompanied by grey skies and rainstorms, it can be particularly challenging.
Recognizing that it is a real phenomenon can help a person cope with these feelings.
Getting outside and exercising can help with the discomfort. Cleaning out clutter, turning off the computer, opening the blinds can also help
Many people receive benefit from Mood Lights. These lights, when shone directly into the eyes, stimulate the pineal gland which regulates melatonin – a hormone associated with sleep cycles and biological rhythms. This can bolster energy and feelings of wellbeing. In my experience, they help in about 80% of people with depression during Winter and Spring. It usually takes about two weeks to notice a change.
DL Phenylalanine, an amino acid that is a precursor to dopamine, can stimulate motivation and drive. Most people benefit from taking Vitamin D3, at least 2000 IU daily and up to 5000 IU during Winter months.
Spring fever is real
Think of it as nature’s boost to end your hibernation and get you into the light. Clean out the old den, do a Spring Cleanse, take a trip to somewhere warm (if you can) or at least take a walk. Raincoats and waterproof boots make walks in the rain very enjoyable.
And remember – the storms of Spring are harbingers of warmer, brighter days.
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