Spring is here, and we are delighted with the colourful playgrounds and the brightness of its March evenings! But as nothing is perfect, the change of season also brings some discomfort with its own name, such as spring asthenia.
Some of its most common characteristics are fatigue, mood swings and changes in mood (even small depression symptoms may appear), headaches and sleep disturbances.
Although these are generally not very worrying symptoms, it is important to prevent them so that they do not lead to other more serious problems, such as a weakening of the immune system.
Do you want to enjoy spring in all its fullness? Just follow these simple tips!
- Food can be your great ally to regain vitality or to easily fall asleep. Include in your diet many fruits and vegetables, legumes (especially lentils) and cereals rich in proteins, such as quinoa, to feel more energy and to perform properly in your daily tasks. You will also do well if you reduce your intake of coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages, as they hinder a good night’s rest.
- Exercise is one of the healthiest ways to stay active and happy. It has been proven that doing fun physical activities, if possible, in group, helps fight fatigue, anxiety and depression. So now sign up for a buzz, meet some friends to play paddle or go out with your family on bicycle routes.
- Did you know that dehydration causes mental fatigue and concentration problems? That’s why, among other reasons, it’s important to drink a lot of water. And, in addition to the two litres of water a day, you can also drink liquids in other more “fun” ways, such as making natural smoothies with seasonal fruits and vegetables or drinking aloe vera juices with fruits.
- Take advantage of the increased hours of light to get more sunshine, as vitamin D is essential for “recharging batteries” and helps the body adapt more quickly to the change of season.
- Although good weather invites us to spend more time outside, it is important that you maintain certain routines. Fixing mealtimes or always going to bed at the same time will help you feel more rested and will alter your mood less.
- Try to eat five meals a day: three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two “extra” meals between meals, of lesser quantity, which will help you ward your energy levels off. If you feel especially tired, the best options for those mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks may be nuts or bananas.
- Set a ” shutdown” time. After a certain time of day, you should simply relax and rest: exercising, working or doing heavy household tasks once the sun has set, will make it more difficult to fall asleep. In addition, it’s also a good idea to turn off electronic devices about 3 hours before going to bed.
Do you know other tricks to combat spring asthenia? Share them in comments box!