At last spring has arrived! As nature moves on to high performance, temperatures rise and days are getting longer, we are looking forward to gardening in the warm spring sun. But instead of blossoming out like nature, many of us are currently tired and feel exhausted - the spring fever has arrived…
Spring fever, however, is not a disease but is caused by special adaptation processes in our body. Changes in temperature and light conditions cause our body to adapt its hormone balance and metabolism. When the sun is shining for a longer period of time our body fills up its storage with the happiness hormone serotonin. At the same time, the production of the sleep hormone melatonin is reduced. This change extracts a lot of energy from our body and, until the hormone level returns to its balance, we feel tired and unmotivated. Another reason for the tiredness is the rise in temperature. Due to the warmth, the vasculature widens and blood pressure drops. Fortunately, this adaptation to the change in season is generally carried out within three weeks.
In order to help you fight the spring fever and make the most out of it, we have summed up some useful tips to support your body while getting your new power:
1. Adjust your biological rhythm to the sun.
You should not give in to the increased need for sleep by staying in bed longer. It is better to go to bed early and get up with the rising sun. Daylight makes your body produce the happiness hormone serotonin and reduces the sleep hormone melatonin. This will support your body through the hormonal change and you will be back in good shape quickly.
2. Drink plenty of water!
Due to the fall in blood pressure we sometimes feel weak and tired. By drinking plenty of water you can bring your blood pressure back to its normal level. The water helps to dilute your blood which creates more fluid masses flowing through your bloodstream and this finally brings your blood pressure back to a normal level.
3. Outdoor exercise
Try to overcome your weaker self as often as possible and do activities outside. It doesn’t matter whether you’re walking, running or cycling: activity stimulates the blood circulation and strengthens the immune system. Being outdoors at this time of year also allows the body to absorb natural light to refill the serotonin storage.
4. Hot and cold showers
Hot and cold showers stimulate the blood circulation and help your body get used to fast changing temperatures. After a cool shower in the morning, you will certainly be awake. It is important to remember when showering with hot and cold water you should always finish with cold water.
5. Healthy and light food
In order not limit the additional burden on your body you should do without fatty, heavy food and break meals down into several small portions. As the body needs more vitamins and proteins during the hormonal changes, it is best to fill up your storage with a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.