Spring Fatigue

getty_rm_photo_of_tired_woman_at_officeMany of us experience this state of low energy and weariness with the arrival of spring that is commonly known as spring fatigue or spring fever. However, it is not categorized as a diagnosed illness and its causes have not yet been fully determined.

 

What are the reasons?

  • According to some experts, hormone balance may play a role. This theory suggests that the body’s serotonin (aka. the happiness hormone) reserves empty out throughout the winter, because its production heavily depends on daylight. This leads to many feeling exhausted.
  • Vitamin deficiency. The decline in our Vitamin-D reserves can also be attributed to low hours of sunshine. Besides this, the vitamin level of fruits and vegetable available in the winter are not equal to those we consume in the spring and summer, which could also lead to a vitamin deficient state

How can we cure it?

Since spring fever is not an illness, it is not surprising that there is currently no medical treatment available to cure it. However, by introducing some minor changes, the period of exhaustion can greatly be reduced.

  • Your eating habit is very important: try to achieve a diet, where one-third of your consumption comes from fresh vegetables or fruit.
  • Exercise more! Any movement will do and it’s especially good to go outdoors thus you can help your Vitamin-D reserves fill up as well.
  • Consume a lot of water – about 1.5 to 2 liters per day – and drink herbal tea every day for a few weeks.
  • Cold showers are very refreshing. Start your day by gradually decreasing the temperature of the water!
  • Other effective solutions against fatigue include sauna, massage, a few drops of refreshing essential oil in your home or taking a scented bath at the end of the day.

If all the above does not make you feel better, be sure to have yourself screened by your physician. Test may reveal illnesses with similar symptoms such as thyroid diseases, chronic Vitamin-D deficiency or anemia.