In springtime, we’re finally getting some sunshine back in the door. Spring is a beautiful season. It is a time of new beginnings when the world wakes up from its winter slumber and starts to bloom with new life. The days are longer and the nights are shorter, and the weather is mild and pleasant. The trees and flowers start to bud, and the birds start to sing. The days are longer and the nights are shorter, and the temperature is just right. It is not too hot or too cold, and there is no humidity. This makes it the perfect time to spend time outdoors, whether you are going for a walk, playing sports, or just relaxing in your backyard.
It is, however; also the time spring fatigue kicks in for many people. Spring fatigue is characterised by feelings of tiredness, sluggishness, and lack of motivation and is caused by a change in hormonal levels, sleep patterns, and overall stress. A couple of changes in behaviour can improve your days while dealing with spring fatigue:
First off, get regular exercise. Exercise is a great way to boost energy levels and improve overall mood. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week – this can include going for a walk to replace your morning commute with cycling (which will also improve your mood by saving petrol expenses).
Another recommendation when you’re sleepy sounds equally intuitive: get enough sleep! Most adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Make sure to create a relaxing bedtime routine and stick to a regular sleep schedule. As the days get longer, it might indeed be hard to stick to it, but your body will thank you for it.
As with many recommendations, whether it’s regarding work stress or studying: eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. Another addition can be sugar-free chewing gum. The fact of chewing improves your alertness and improves your memory retention. It has also been associated with improving your focus and reducing your overall stress level – but for the sake of your teeth, keep it sugar-free!
This might seem counterintuitive as the spring season gives us more of it anyway, but get some sunlight! Sunlight helps to boost serotonin levels, which can improve mood and energy levels. Aim to get 15-20 minutes of sunlight exposure each day, and as you’re doing that, make sure you stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so it is important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Please make sure you regularly hydrate, especially as it gets warmer outside. Despite using air conditioning, your body will still require a regular water intake.
Spring fatigue is a real thing and not just an excuse for reducing your workload, but it doesn’t have to ruin your spring. There are many things you can do to fight spring fatigue, such as exercising, getting some fresh air, and connecting with others. By following these tips, you can fight spring fatigue and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
By Bill Wirtz
Bill Wirtz is the Senior Policy Analyst at the Consumer Choice Center.