Spring! It’s finally here! How do I know? The astronomical calendar determines that it’s spring when the earth’s rotational axis is at 23.5 degrees in relation to its orbit around the sun. By this system spring starts on March 20 and runs through June 21.
If you don’t already have Spring Fever, you can get it! It’s up to you. There are various signs of spring fever as well as implications of its advent from a physical, mental and spiritual perspective.
Before we look at the signs and implications let’s define Spring Fever. Spring is the season after winter and before the summer when there is an abundance of growth. During the spring growth spurts are everywhere. A fever occurs when the body’s internal thermostat which is regulated by the hypothalamus rises above normal. In some cases it may be accompanied by shivering, headaches and delirium. During the winter our thermostat normally goes down and in the spring it begins to rise. Fever is also a word used to describe a state of nervous excitement in someone or about something. For the purpose of this discussion spring is a season of growth and fever is a state of excitement.
From a Physical/Biological Perspective, Spring Fever is characterized by several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of spring. Each of the seasons has a significant effect on the body. When the seasons change the body adjusts and changes as well. Between late February and early April people have reported being sluggish. In the winter when there is less daylight we usually have more melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. During the winter we may experience low energy and weakness, aching joints, sensitivity to weather changes and irritability. When spring comes we may experience an increase in energy, vitality and sexual appetite. As the body readjust its hormone levels more endorphins, testosterone and estrogen are released. These readjustments put a heavy strain on the body which responds with feelings of tiredness. Our eating habits may also change. In the winter we may crave more calories, fats and carbohydrates. In the spring more proteins and vitamins are needed.
The increased amount of light that spring brings influences pupil dilation, alertness and heart modulation. Our body clocks govern our sleep/wake cycles. Everyone doesn’t have a 24 hour rotation. It can be shorter or longer. Nevertheless, we rely on light to reset our body’s clock. Unfortunately, much of the light we are exposed to is unnatural and hazardous to our health (blue light from TV’s, computers, iPads, cell phones, etc.) We are natural beings in need of natural energy. The sun is our primary natural energy source. The sun is life giving. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get enough of it. Consequently, we experience Vitamin D deficiencies. The daily recommended Vitamin D requirements are as follows: 4,000 IU of Vitamin D3 without sun exposure or 2,000 IU of Vitamin D plus 12 – 15 minutes exposure to mid-day sun.
Vitamin D deficiency contributes to major illnesses. There is a link between Vitamin D deficiency and type 1 and 2 diabetes. It is not clear which is the cause or effect. We need Vitamin D to effectively combat bacterial and viral infections; protect us against hypertension and other forms of cardiovascular disease as well as prostate and colon cancer. Sun exposure and high levels of Vitamin D also protect against Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and asthma. RA, asthma, influenza and bronchitis are more severe in the winter. Solar (Photo/Light) Therapy is a popular treatment for TB, diabetes, gout, chronic ulcers and wounds. Even so we must be careful about spending too much time in the sun. Too much sun can cause skin cancer. However, other cancers could result from too little sun exposure.
Now let’s look at Spring Fever from a Mental/Emotional Perspective. Natural day light is beneficial to one’s mental and emotional well- being. It can put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. It also can have a significant impact on productivity. Several studies have been done with school children who were able to concentrate and maintain focus better when there is ample natural light.
This winter was quite cold and it had many people crying for spring. The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. Nonetheless, the onset or even the anticipation of it contributes much to relationship development and emotional well-being. The sights and sounds of spring can make the gloomiest of people happy.
In the spring there is usually an increase in serotonin (the happiness hormone) levels which may be exhausted during the winter. This mood elevating neurotransmitter may be at the root of the giddiness, energy boost and enthusiasm that comes with this season.
From a Spiritual Perspective, with each passing day I’m hearing more people say they need spring or that they are ready for spring. When I use my spiritual ears, what I really hear them saying is, “I NEED THE BLESSINGS THAT SPRINGTIME BRINGS!”
Spring brings unstable weather including wind, tornadoes, rain (severe thunderstorms and flooding), snow, sleet and hail. Then there are those perfect days when it’s not too hot or cold. For all of these weather conditions I am grateful. Spring brings opportunities for birth, rebirth, renewal, resurrection and rejuvenation. Spring is a testimony to the presence of God in the earth. It ushers in birth and rebirth. It is God’s way of saying it’s time for revival. In the spring we can start over again! Spring is so energizing!
So I don’t mind telling you I’ve got SPRING FEVER. I am ready for spring. I am prepared to move, rise, proceed and evolve. I am ready to rebound because I am resilient like a device or a coil that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released. I’m cleaning and clearing energy all around me utilizing the sights, sounds and scents of spring. I’m excited about growth!
Do you need Spring Fever? Can you use the motivation it brings to do some spring cleaning for your body, mind and spirit? If so, I’d love to talk to you about it and encourage you to incorporate it into your daily living from season to season. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 440-8004.
May God’s blessings spring forth in your life this day and every day! HAPPY SPRING!