It happens every year. The days stretch a little longer, the nights get a little shorter, and after way too many weeks of lingering lower than we’d prefer the thermometer finally begins its leisurely climb upwards.
But that’s still months away, and what you feel around this time of the year may not exactly be a fever, but something is different and it certainly seems real, right?
The Science Behind Spring Fever
Well, you’re not alone and, best of all, there’s a few reasons we generally feel a bit refreshed come springtime and it seems to be our own biology doing most of the heavy lifting. Winter’s longer evenings naturally trigger our bodies to release more melatonin. Though, the hormone that helps you sleep through those nights can also set off the winter blues, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in some folks.
Then, right on schedule, the newly extended daylight of spring sets loose the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. It’s a natural pick-me-up and a major player in bringing back some of the pep in your step.
The Psychological Effects of Spring Fever
And after the cold and dreary test that is winter, that little shot goes a long way in creating the urge to be outside, meet new people, and even accomplish something.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and clean out that garage, build that deck, or plant that garden. After all, August will be here before you know it.