How to ward off Spring Asthenia in 4 easy ways

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spring asthenia

Are you feeling exhausted lately? Like all your energy has been drained out of you for no reason? Even though the weather is finally getting warmer, you don’t feel like doing much, huh? Spring asthenia is a common phenomenon that occurs after months of being cooped up in the house.

Many people experience it spring, but I think it might be worse this year, considering the pandemic factor. Many countries were in and out of quarantine lately, trying to tame the COVID-19 cases with mixed results. As the vaccine campaign progresses, it feels like the world is ready to wake up from a long-lasting hibernation. As we tread carefully in the open again, it’s essential to be mindful of the spring asthenia and how it affects us.

Common spring asthenia symptoms

 

Physical symptoms

Low appetite & libido;
Headaches;
Apathy;
Exhaustion;
Muscle aches;
Low blood pressure.

Psychological symptoms:

Unjustified sadness;
Lack of pleasure/ joy;
Low motivation;
Irritability and anxiety;
Difficulty concentrating.

Physical symptoms

Low appetite & libido;
Headaches;
Apathy;
Exhaustion;
Muscle aches;
Low blood pressure.

Psychological symptoms:

Unjustified sadness;
Lack of pleasure/ joy;
Low motivation;
Irritability and anxiety;
Difficulty concentrating.

Spring asthenia can be mistaken for other mood disorders, such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and depression. Before you diagnose yourself with one of these, pay attention to your spring asthenia symptoms and the link with stressful events in your life. If the symptoms last longer than a few weeks for no apparent reason, you should see a mental health specialist.

What causes spring asthenia?

The causes are yet unclear. On the one hand, the turning of the season and the hour change might destabilize our circadian rhythms. It takes up to a month to readjust to the higher temperatures and an alert lifestyle. On the other hand, a hormonal imbalance in our body can cause the symptoms mentioned above.

For more information about how you can improve your quality of life, check out this article about how to activate the happy chemicals in your brain in simple and effective ways!

 

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How to get over spring asthenia

Now that you know a bit more about this phenomenon, let’s see what you can do to transition from winter to summer more bearable. The following ideas are simple suggestions you can adapt to fit your schedule and lifestyle better.

1. Be gentle with yourself

It’s easy to belittle yourself when you don’t check off everything on your ‘to-do list.’ But remember, you’re a human being, not a robot with a dozen arms! Sometimes you just have to take a step back and re-evaluate your priorities. Are there any tasks you could give up? Good! Get rid of the things that rob you of your precious energy and focus on what enriches your life instead.

Think about spring asthenia as your cocoon: it might drain you for a while, but if you give yourself time and proper care, you will emerge out of it as a lovely and lively butterfly!

2. Diversify your diet

You are what you eat. A balanced, bio diet will give you an energy boost and will improve your health. Give up processed foods and take a walk to the market instead. There’s nothing more delicious than a salad made of seasonal vegetables! Both your body and the local farmers will thank you for this!

If you’re up for a challenge, see what other changes you can make in your diet in this article!
3. Be active

Here is where people usually try to push others to go to the gym. I believe that moderate and constant physical activity is equally good in dealing with spring asthenia, no matter its nature. Do whatever feels good to you, whether it’s dancing, running, gardening, or playing tennis. Since the weather is finally getting warmer, you could go to the nearest park and stretch. Nothing compares with feeling the sun embracing your body, especially after a moody winter!

4. Stick to a routine

When nothing seems to make sense anymore, remember that you have the power to bring order into chaos – even if it’s something small like going to bet at the same time every night. Drink a glass of water every couple of hours: your skin will thank you for that! Even organizing your house little by little will make you feel better. You can also start a planner: write down what you need to d in a week, then schedule the tasks for every day. Remember to include breaks and relaxing activities too! The point is to beat spring asthenia, not to let it win!

Spring asthenia is one of life’s ways of reminding us of our frailty but also of our limitless resources. I hope this article was helpful, and I wish you all a lovely spring!

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