Spring changes – how do we cope with them?
Let’s start today’s article with an interesting fact. Did you know that 20th March is considered to be the first day of Spring? This date marks the beginning of astronomic Spring and the day is equal with the night, meaning the hours of light are equal to the hours of darkness. This is called the spring equinox. The equinox occurs twice a year.
Traditionally, the moment of the Equinox is a moment of harmony and balance, in which day and night are in a perfect balance. It’s said it is a time for changes, development, and new beginnings.
This being said, let’s talk about the spring changes and how we can cope with them.
The temperature changes
This is the first thing we feel. Spring is the time to put the warm, winter jackets away and turn to something lighter. But not too light, because Spring is very volatile and changeable. One day you need a raincoat, the next you need sunglasses and snickers. People living in a Mediterranean climate and experience (almost) all four seasons yearly, know how many climate changes Spring can bring. So the temperature is the one that first causes us discomfort as we enter Spring and this can lead to:
- mild depression
- colds, viruses
- hormonal readjustments
What we can do about this, is first of all understand why we feel in a different way, and then try to consume the `condition` until it passes or gets better. A biofeedback session can also help, even make wonders in easing the transition into Spring. Keep in mind this is not about healing, it’s about adapting.
The spring asthenia
The transition from winter to spring, combined with the change of time and the increase in temperature, can affect your body and your general well-being. This seasonal condition is common among people and is mainly due to the fact that we have to adapt to the changing weather, and this consumes a larger part of our energy resources. As a result of these adaptation processes, our body undergoes a hormonal readjustment.
One of the stimuli that influence our general condition is natural light, which helps to synchronize the internal cycles and processes that take place in the body. When we come in contact with more light during the day, our body emits serotonin, known as the “happiness hormone.” Since winter is a time when we enjoy natural light, the effect is reversed – the body secretes higher levels of melatonin, otherwise known as the sleep hormone. Thus, as the days get longer during this period, a hormonal imbalance is created, for which our body consumes more energy than usual.
Spring also comes with changes in humidity or air pressure. Asthenia is characterized by a temporary episode of physical and mental exhaustion, which should pass in a relatively short period of time.
In addition to feeling tired, we may also experience episodes of irritability, lack of appetite and energy, headaches, or difficulty concentrating. However, it depends on the person to the extent that the change in weather affects us. Some people are more affected, and for others, increasing the hours of the day and the level of natural light can have a positive, invigorating effect.
Keep in mind that asthenia is only a transitional period. So, instead of making a drastic change in your lifestyle, try to introduce healthy little habits to get back to your former well-being.
Regular exercise helps us to get rid of (not just during asthenia) the feeling of apathy, fatigue, and unsatisfied sleep. Moreover, moderate exercise helps the secretion of dopamine and serotonin, hormones that will increase your well-being. During periods of asthenia, we may be tempted to drink extra coffee, but such habits only fix the problem in the short term. Instead, gradually adopt a healthier lifestyle and exercise routine that will support your long-term well-being.
Also, nutrition plays an equally important role. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, such as green leafy vegetables (nettles, spinach), radishes, lettuce or strawberries, blueberries, and cherries, come to your aid. Walnuts and seeds should not be missing either, as they are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. And pleasant spring sun exposure can be a real treat for the body and soul.
Also, observe all three meals of the day, their time, and also the order in which you should eat them. Make sure you have a nutritious breakfast, full of nutrients and fiber, as this is the basis of your energy for the whole day. During the day, the other two meals should be gradually reduced to carbohydrates, reaching a light dinner, taken at least two hours before bedtime, to avoid the onset of digestive processes during sleep.
The seasonal allergies
Spring is the season of rebirth, hope, raw greenery, and flowering trees, but also the key time of the year in terms of seasonal allergies. With the appearance of pollen, millions of people begin to sneeze, have a stuffy nose, or cry.
This is usually called allergic rhinitis and is of two types:
- seasonal – occurs in spring, summer, and autumn, as a result of sensitivity to pollen, the most common allergen;
- perennial – symptoms are manifested throughout the year in allergens in the environment, such as dust, animal hair, feathers, mold spores, etc.
There is no cure for allergic rhinitis condition, but we have several solutions to keep your symptoms under control, from proper medication prescribed by specialists to modern appliances, such as HEPA filter air purifiers and air purifiers with ionization function.
Some other natural options to ease the spring allergies are:
- maintain healthy air in the home
- maintains an optimal level of humidity
- clean often and sanitize the bedding and clothes
- wear a mask if you are outside – if you know you might go to a place with certain greenery that you know you are allergic to
- try the PULSAR software in a biofeedback therapy session for easing allergy symptoms
Now that you have learned more about all these spring changes some people feel more deeply than others, don’t forget to listen to your body, help it in the adaptation process, and give it enough natural light and outdoor time. And joy and well-being will come naturally!