Spring is here. So, you might catch a case of spring fever. The typical symptoms: fatigue, lack of energy, poor circulation, and problems focusing.
Especially women, weather-sensitive, and older people are affected. The cause for spring fever remains uncertain. However, we do know that our hormonal balance plays an important role. The production of the “happiness hormone” serotonin depends on sunlight. During winter, on dark and dreary days, the body uses up its reserves. Make way for the “sleep hormone” melatonin. It comes swooping in and leaves you feeling anything but happy. Fluctuating temperatures are the final straw. Rising temperatures cause your blood vessels to dilate. The result: the blood pressure drops, and you feel more tired.
Don’t you think it’s time to turn that frown upside down?
Let’s take the spring fever to a spring awakening. These 6 tips will help you beat the lack of motivation and feeling fatigued.
Tip 1: Stock Up on Important Substances
During winter, our intake of fat and sugar is higher than usual. Fresh and regional fruits and vegetables are sparse. Additionally, our body burns up more vitamins and minerals when it’s cold. That’s anything but beneficial for our metabolism and hormonal balance. Spring is exactly the right time to refill those vitamins. Here’s what you need to get you back on track:
Vitamin B1 supports energy production. A deficiency leads to chronic fatigue und lack of concentration. Sunflower seeds, wheat germs, and pork are rich in vitamin B1.
Vitamin B12 is important for the formation of blood and helps protect the cardiovascular system. Like vitamin B1, a lack of B12 causes chronic fatigue. Fish, meat, and milk products are good sources for B12.
Vitamin C relieves fatigue and strengthens the immune system. Your go-to agents: citrus fruits, cauliflower, asparagus, and parsley.
Vitamin E stimulates muscle metabolism, next to also strengthening the immune system. The colder the winter, the more Vitamin E we need. Thus, it’s all the more important to fill up the reserves now.
Tip 2: Small Meals
Large and heavy meals are hard work for the body. It’s better to have small meals throughout the day. They supply a steady flow of energy without putting too big of a strain on your body.
Tip 3: Drink A Lot
Sometimes you’re tired, just because you didn’t drink enough. Make sure to drink at least two liters of water or unsweetened tea during the day. If you want an extra boost of energy in the morning, drink a glass of sparkling water with a splash of fresh lemon, right after getting out of bed. The lemon delivers valuable Vitamin C and the bubbly water really kicks in on an empty stomach. You don’t think so? Just try it out!
Tip 4: Dance into the Day – Morning Exercise
Exercise in the morning awakens the spirit. “Say what? Sport in the morning??” Don’t worry. You don’t need to go overboard. Just cycle in the air, while you’re still lying down. Then swing out of bed, stretch your limbs, and jump into the day – full of energy.
Tip 5: Get Your Blood Racing – Stimulating Hot/Cold Showers and Sauna Sessions
Kick-start your circulatory system with hot and cold showers – one minute hot, one minute cold. Always finish off with a cold downpour. You’ll be up in no time, believe me. The big plus on the side: it strengthens the connective tissue in your skin. Stewing in the sauna, on the other hand, will sweat out energy-draining waste products. At the same time, it ensures a fresh and bright complexion.
Tip 6: Keep Moving – Ideally in the Fresh Air
Do plenty of sports and do it outside. The activity gets the circulation going. The sun’s UV rays crank up the production of the “happiness hormone” serotonin. Plus, you will feel better already by only looking at the sun. So, get off the couch and jump into spring.