Spring Fever

Many of us have heard the term “spring fever,” but did you know it’s a condition many suffer from? Spring fever is a term used to describe a feeling of restlessness, increased energy and excitement that some people experience as winter transitions to spring.

Spring fever is often characterized by a desire to spend more time outdoors, engage in physical activity and socialize with others. In this case, people may also experience changes in their mood, such as feeling happier and more optimistic. On the other hand, spring fever can cause unexplained fatigue, joint or muscle pain or bad moods.

While not a medically recognized condition, spring fever is a common phenomenon that is thought to be linked to changes in light, temperature and other environmental factors that occur during the spring season. Symptoms developed from this condition are temporary. For most people, they debut in April or May and last until June.

There are several different reasons why you may develop spring fever. These may include pollen allergies, changes in melatonin production, changes in blood pressure or vitamin levels and mineral deficiencies.

Hormonal changes can play a big role in developing spring fever as well. As the days become longer, people are exposed to more sunlight, which can increase the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating mood, and increased levels can lead to feelings of happiness and well-being. Researchers have also found that levels of testosterone and estrogen may increase in the spring, which could lead to changes in mood and behavior.

If you’re experiencing spring fever, here are some tips and solutions that may help:

  1. Get outside: One of the best ways to combat spring fever is to spend time outdoors. The fresh air and sunshine can help improve your mood and increase your energy levels. Try to take a walk or spend some time in a park or other natural setting.
  2. Exercise: Exercise is a great way to boost your energy levels and improve your mood. Try to incorporate some form of physical activity into your daily routine, such as going for a run, taking a yoga class or lifting weights.
  3. Eat healthy: Eating a healthy diet can help improve your energy levels and mood. Try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, sugary snacks and caffeine, as these can contribute to feelings of fatigue and low energy.
  4. Get enough sleep: Adequate sleep is essential for maintaining good health and energy levels. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night and establish a regular sleep routine to help improve the quality of your sleep.
  5. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing, can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can contribute to feelings of fatigue and low energy. Try to incorporate some form of mindfulness practice into your daily routine.
  6. Socialize: Spending time with friends and family can help improve your mood and energy levels. Try to schedule regular social activities, such as dinner parties or game nights, to help combat feelings of isolation or loneliness.

Remember, if you continue to experience symptoms of fatigue and low energy despite making these changes, it may be a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying medical conditions. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, UofL Health – UofL Physicians can help. You can call 502-588-4343 to make an appointment.

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Lisa Prewitt

Lisa Prewitt, M.Ed., is the director of behavioral health outreach at UofL Health – Peace Hospital. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Louisville. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. She is also a licensed professional counseling associate and a certified Grief Recovery Method® specialist. Lisa has been with Peace Hospital since 2012.

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