Preparing for Spring Fever
Move over winter blues, spring fever is on its way! Warmer weather is coming and you’ve probably heard the phrase popping up, but just how much do you know about the springtime experience?
What is Spring Fever?
Like many things, spring fever used to have a very different meaning. Experts say back in the 1700 and 1800s, many people experienced a physical illness, then called “Spring Disease”, because of a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in winter. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. For us, spring fever now describes feeling restless or excited with the arrival of the new season after winter.
Don’t forget your mental health
Similar to winter blues, people with seasonal affective disorder may have a stronger reaction to seasonal changes. While many people experience higher energy levels and better moods, some with SAD can experience “springtime lethargy,” or fatigue and depression because of changes in weather and daylight.
To help adjust to the new season, it’s important to prioritize yourself and your mental health. Tracking your mood changes with a journal can help you understand how you feel and what to adjust in your routine. Spending some time in the sun and exercising can also make a difference in mood and energy levels. Don’t forget about the veggies and vitamins, and be sure to get plenty of rest to help your body adjust to environment changes.
Manage your productivity
Aside from emotional changes, you might also see a difference in how you work. With more energy and better weather, the last thing you want to do is spend the day pent up inside.
To help maintain your productivity at work and at home, set intentions for yourself. Be clear with your goals and what you need to accomplish for the day. Taking breaks between tasks can help prevent frustration and allow you to evaluate your progress, and alternating between high and low-focus tasks can also help you achieve your goals. Low-focus tasks give your mind a chance to rest, meaning you’ll be prepared to tackle more intense tasks after.
Spring fever can change many things, but it doesn’t have to throw off your entire routine! Spending the first few weeks prioritizing your tasks and health can help make the seasonal transition easier and allow you to enjoy the upcoming changes.