As happens to plants and trees in the spring, the human organism must adapt to changes in temperature and light
For many people, the arrival of good weather is also synonymous with spring asthenia and various unpleasant physical and mental sensations such as tiredness, apathy and the so-called ‘slump’ that can affect daily life more or less severely.
This picture of fatigue, with lack of energy and feeling of continued physical and mental tiredness, which does not subside with rest, usually occurs at the change of season towards spring, and although the symptoms disappear as the weeks go by, this state of lethargy can become difficult if we do not know how to manage it.
Aggravated by the custom of the summer time change, spring brings changes in daylight hours and higher temperatures.
These changes will influence our circadian clock, because our pineal gland will secrete less melatonin (the hormone that induces sleep) as it detects more daylight hours. During this readjustment process, our hypothalamus also produces less serotonin and endorphins, neurotransmitters and hormones related to motivation, and levels of noradrenaline, a hormone and neurotransmitter related to concentration and wakefulness, also decrease.
However, while some people suffer the effects of spring asthenia in a significant way, others hardly notice its effects. It is possible that associated allergies, anemia or a weakened immune system influence its intensity. The most common age range for suffering from spring asthenia is between 20 and 50 years of age, and it is more common in women.
It is also associated with psychological causes such as depression, stress or anxiety, as well as with the use of certain medications such as benzodiazepines.
These guidelines can help us to cope with asthenia:
- Respect the circadian clock. Try to go to bed and get up at the same hours as usual.
- Maintain good sleep habits, sleeping enough hours.
- Exercise regularly and not too intensely.
- Follow a healthy diet, which ensures the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that the body needs.
- Take into account the times of rest and leisure during the day, which are also essential to maintain the mood.
- Maintain routines, trying to introduce small breaks more often during the spring days.