Does Spring Fever Really Exist?

spring fever

It’s the strangest thing, come 1 September, I wake up happier, more energetic and even chirpy!  I scrounge through my usual black, grey and white wardrobe and pick an uncharacteristically bright outfit to wear with open toed shoes (and then make a mental note to book a pedicure!) I dress my daughter, “Little”, in pink shorts and a watermelon T-shirt for nursery school and put a bow in her hair. My normally private self suddenly wants to meet up with friends, organise sundowners and “get out” after being a recluse in winter.

After a few happy days in Spring 2017, I started wondering if there really is such a thing as “Spring Fever” and if there’s proof that it exists. My desktop research shows that the short answer to my question is “No”, there doesn’t seem to be a medical reason for us to feel happier in spring but heck, I’m going to find my own reasons why spring is my favourite season. I’d love to hear about your reasons to feel good in spring in our comments section too!

Reason #1: One can be outside

Trees start growing luminous green leaves and gardens burst into blooming artworks. Being outside, breathing fresh air and feeling the breeze in my hair feels fantastic. Kids can run around outside and feel free.

Reason #2: I feel like eating healthier

Summer food is lighter, fresher and generally healthier. Eating better makes me feel better! It is proven that in winter we generally gravitate towards carbohydrates and heavier foods. Ordering a salad never crosses my mind in winter.

Reason #3: I can change my clothes

Besides giving myself an excuse to shop for new wardrobe items, spring fashion is lighter. It sometimes literally feels like a weight is being lifted off my shoulders after the heavier, winter fashion. (Want to check out some beautiful spring fashion? Click here.)

spring fever

Reason #4: The days are longer

With the sun rising earlier it is easier to get up and exercise before work. Exercise helps our bodies produce endorphins and shed the extra kilos we gained over winter.

During the winter months, some people develop a condition called “seasonal affective disorder” or SAD which is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year. Some experts say SAD is linked to the length of the days in the season. SAD is most prevalent in winter but can apparently also occur during the warmer months.

Reason #5: It’s not that hot yet

Summer is a great season too but if it gets very hot and humid it can be energy draining, rather than energising, especially if you get heat stroke or become dehydrated. Mid-summer can also have hot nights which lead to restless sleep. The day-time temperature in spring generally feels just right with cooler evenings and mornings.

Reason #6: Birds do it, Bees do it

For some reason, statistics show that people fall in love more often in spring. This phenomenon is quite inexplicable since we don’t have hormone changes like animals that mostly procreate during the spring months. But if spring brings on loving feelings, let’s roll with it!

 

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

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