Got a Case of Spring Fever? Here’s Why.
May 23, 2017
Have you ever wondered if “spring fever” is real? Scientists affirm that it is. In fact, researchers say that at least half of the people living in the northern hemisphere experience mental changes related to the change of seasons. The spring equinox in particular seems to effect mood and behavior, which has led to the colloquial term “spring fever” being used to describe feelings common during this period including:
Euphoria—Caused by serotonin levels, which are typically higher in spring, as well as levels of dopamine (another feel-good brain chemical) that rise due to exercise and outdoor activity that many engage in once the weather turns spring-like.
Restlessness—With longer days and the urge to take care of spring cleaning chores, it’s no wonder that it’s harder to sit still in the spring. In addition, melatonin starts to decrease, which leads to a more energized state.
Sadness—The spring season has long been associated with positive moods. However, for some people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the change in season can have the opposite effect—causing distress and intensifying the sense of loneliness and hopelessness. If this is the case for you or someone you know, you may wish to seek advice from your physician.
No matter where you live, it is likely that you experience the effects of seasonal changes at some point throughout the year. The information above may give you some ideas why.