Spring Fever!


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Spring Fever!
I got a phone call from a friend of mine yesterday and as soon as I heard her voice I realized something wasn’t right.
“Are you okay”?  I asked
“I can’t seem to get out of my own way, I need a nap” She replied
“Then you should do just that! Close your eyes and rest” I told her.
Our conversation went on to discuss how perhaps it was “spring fever” and that our energy levels were not at the ultimate high point they typically are.
Here in New England the end of February rushing towards March on the calendar has a feel to it.  The feelings of “we know the weather is going to shift soon, but we still have a bit more grey skies to get through” to wear sandals and short sleeves.
So I turned to wikipedia for the cause of “Spring Fever” and found this:
“Although the causes of spring fever have not yet been fully resolved, hormone balance may play a role. According to this theory the body’s reserves of the “happiness hormone” serotonin, whose production depends on daylight, become exhausted over the winter, making it especially easy for the “sleep hormone” melatonin to have its effect. When the days become longer in springtime, the body readjusts its hormone levels, and more endorphin, testosterone and estrogen are released. This changeover puts a heavy strain on the body, which responds with a feeling of tiredness.  In addition, temperatures usually fluctuate greatly in springtime. When temperatures rise, blood pressure drops, since the blood vessels expand. Food also plays a role. In winter one tends to consume more calories, fat and carbohydrates than in summer. But during the hormone adjustment period the body requires more vitamins and proteins instead.”
Are you thinking “so what” and how does the weather apply to my current life situation? The cycles of weather have their own rhythm and timing that do indeed have an impact on our rhythms and cycles.   In our busy lives, our natural rhythms and cycles sometimes get overlooked and the messages our body is telling us about our cycles sometimes get missed.
Like checking the weather daily to find the appropriate clothes for the day, you might want to create a system of checking in with your body to listen for natural clues into your cycles and rhythms.  Based on what you hear, take the nap, go to bed earlier or sleep in a little later. Listen to the feedback your body is giving you and create the happiness that will come to you by listening. It might be as easy as just taking a nap!