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There is no doubt about it, spring has certainly arrived. If you haven’t been outdoors yet, let me tell you that it’s worth the trip! Flowers are blooming, the trees are green, the sun is out and the air is warm. Spring is all about rebirth and renewal which is reflected in the growth of flowers, plants and trees, as well as the changes in wildlife- as animals awake from hibernation and become more active.

Research finds that the phenomenon of spring fever is real- but it isn’t fun and games for everyone. There is the positive form of spring fever which creates increased energy and improved mood, but then there is also an unpleasant version (sometimes referred to as spring fatigue) that causes sluggishness, aches, irritability and lack of motivation.

It can be confusing, but the reality is that while we experience the same season, we may be reacting very differently to it. True fact! So, if you need some tips to feel better about spring, there are ways you can help yourself so that you can experience a more pleasant version of the season.

Firstly, drink more water! Water is the best way to get your body to adjust to any changes. While you are at it, take some vitamins to supplement what you may be missing in your diet. Strengthening your body is an important step to ensure that it can weather any imbalance (who else likes puns?). What’s more, make an effort to be active and get outdoors so that you can absorb some vitamin D which is an automatic mood booster. And finally, develop a sleep schedule and stick to it (it always amazes me what a good night’s rest can accomplish). These ideas (which are not my own) are terrific for all year round for improved physical and mental health.

If on the other hand you are experiencing all the positives of spring fever, you probably don’t need encouragement- but maybe you can use some ideas of how to take full advantage of the season. In that case I would personally recommend flower picking! Flower farms are not only beautiful and the perfect place to get breathtaking photos, but they are a wonderful way to connect with the beauty of nature (and color), and to create a hand-picked bouquet (literally) that you can proudly bring home or gift to friends or family. It is certainly the perfect way to celebrate the season!

No matter which version of spring fever you experience, this season is all about having a fresh start- which sounds like the perfect time to make better choices towards our health. Let’s hope it has more staying power than a new year’s resolution!


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