"Spring is just around the corner," is a saying you hear a lot this time of year. For many of us, these last few days of winter can really drag on as we await the vernal equinox to save us from the cold weather and gray days. Spring is a season of renewed energy.
Another phrase we hear a lot is "Spring Fever." While this might simply mean excitement for the new phase of the year, there are actually some deeper implications that come with the changing season.
Mad as a March Hare
If you’ve ever read Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you probably remember the mad tea party wherein Alice endures the craziness of the Mad Hatter and his zany companion, the March Hare. But where did this bunny’s penitent for craziness come from? Well, to put it bluntly, March is mating season for rabbits, and this tends to make the males go a little nuts. However, the saying “mad as a March hare” applies to more than just crazed rabbits in search of a mate.
Many people begin to experience a certain restlessness as the weather warms up and the days get longer. This newfound energy can sometimes result in feeling a bit hyper or, as many people describe it, “crazy.” If you experience this “Spring Fever,” try taking advantage of it! Put that energy to good use by exercising or simply going outdoors more often. Not only will this help you expend some of the pent-up energy, you’ll also sleep a lot better!
Why All the Extra Energy?
One reason for the extra energy might actually have to do with our ancestors. Winter was traditionally a time for “stocking up” to endure the leaner months of the year. As plants begin to bloom again, the need to store energy isn’t as crucial. Many people find themselves craving fewer fatty foods and carbs as spring approaches and there’s a tendency to want to burn off all those “food reserves” leftover from winter.
Closer to home, our bodies react to the changing of every season, most notably from winter to spring. The extra hours of daylight combined with more direct sunlight cause certain chemicals in the brain to give you more energy. Melatonin is hormone that regulates how tired you feel. When you’re exposed to more sunlight, this hormone tends to ease off a bit, making you feel more awake and active.
Sometimes, the extra sunlight and warmer weather can even affect your mood, leading you to happier feelings. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, tends to be at its worst during fall and winter. As the colder, shorter days abate, so too can some symptoms of depression or feelings of tiredness.
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