Springtime lethargy is a state of fatigue brought on by the onset of spring. Experts believe that around 60 percent of Germans suffer from symptoms, including fatigue, lack of concentration and circulatory problems. Dizziness and headaches can also be associated with springtime lethargy. Women tend to be more affected than men. Find out how to feel like yourself again in the springtime!
The reason for our tiredness
The main cause of this phenomenon seems to be the change in climate typical of the season: as below-freezing temperatures give way to warmer weather, this poses a major challenge for the human body. It has to adapt to the higher temperatures, and initially reacts by dilating the blood vessels. As a result our blood pressure drops, making us feel tired and limp.
- The symptoms of springtime lethargy generally appear after several days of warm weather.
- If the temperature is particularly changeable, those affected suffer even more.
- In addition to blood pressure, melatonin levels have a strong effect on how we feel in spring: after the long winter season, particularly high concentrations of the sleep hormone can be found in the blood.
Say goodbye to springtime lethargy!
As low blood pressure is one of the main causes of springtime lethargy, we recommend stimulating your circulation with alternating hot-and-cold showers. For the best effects, do it early in the morning. Alternately warming and cooling your body will revive your spirits!
Are you getting enough iron?
Another common cause of lethargy is iron deficiency. A lack of this vital trace element leads to insufficient oxygen in the cells, leading sufferers to complain of tiredness and lack of concentration. If you are suffering from springtime lethargy, therefore, it’s always a good idea to check your iron levels and, if necessary, supplement your iron intake.
Fresh air to fight springtime lethargy
Fresh air eliminates the tiredness from your mind by supplying oxygen to the brain. Ideally, take a half-hour walk every day. If you can’t fit this in to your hectic schedule, squeeze in shorter walks instead. On days when you can’t escape the office at all, we recommend opening the windows on a regular basis to breathe in the fresh air outside.
Exercise is good for you!
Following the above point, plenty of (outdoor) exercise plays a key role in fighting springtime lethargy. Don’t drive to work; cycle, hike or jog instead. Avoid the elevator and take the stairs. During physical activity, the body releases messengers and hormones (especially dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline), which have a positive effect on your mood.
Water flushes away your lack of energy
Even if you don’t play a lot of sport, you should drink plenty of water, because dehydration can be a cause of tiredness. Drink at least 1.5 litres of water throughout the day! If you don’t like water, tea and other unsweetened drinks are an alternative. Conversely, lemonades and other sugary drinks are not suitable for combating springtime lethargy!
The right springtime diet
Winter is over, so say goodbye to roast dinners with dumplings and other heavy dishes. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two to three large ones. This relieves the strain on your body and makes you feel much less tired. In addition, make sure that your diet is as balanced and rich in vitamins as possible!
Red is the colour of spring
A particularly simple tip to fight springtime lethargy is to wear colourful clothes. The colour red is considered to be particularly “energetic”. Don’t believe it? Try it!