How does spring affect us psychologically?

More and more patients come to the consultation for this reason. They mention that they feel more irritable, irritable and can hardly sleep. “They feel depressed and less willing to do things,” says psychologist Pilar Cortés of the Málaga PsicoAbreu psychologists’ office.

These experiences that patients mention are a reality; seasonal changes affect both physically and psychologically and the person has to go through a process of adjusting to the new situation, which can take weeks.

It seems logical to think that rising temperatures, changing the time, being able to make more plans and the like will have a positive effect. But this is not always the case, spring affects many people in a negative way. The most common symptoms are usually fatigue, lack of energy, and mood swings. This is called spring asthenia. Let’s see what it is.

What is spring asthenia?

Spring asthenia is a feeling of fatigue and weakness that begins to appear with the onset of good weather.

Symptoms can be very diverse: Lack of memory, sleep disturbances, headaches, low mood, altered appetite, decreased sexual appetite, irritability and nervousness, general fatigue, lack of energy to perform daily activities, etc.

This disorder generally affects more women than men and has a prevalence of 1 in 10 people. The duration is usually a few days.

What we call the “spring depression” it is a mild and transient disorder that manifests in our body when it suffers from difficulties in adapting to seasonal changes. In these cases, it is important to see that the symptoms that the person is exhibiting are due to an organic cause, and it should also be borne in mind that their duration is short and transient.

Why is the brain altered during the change of seasons?

It is a neurochemical process: spring promotes impaired secretion of neurotransmitters and hormones due to increased light and temperature.

There is also an increase in sexual desire by releasing oxytocin (“the hormone of love”), dopamine (a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure) and serotonin (which is involved in the state of mood).

Because of all of these changes that take place in our brains, people may react differently to their environment and produce both emotional and behavioral changes.

Tips for countering a possible emotional imbalance

Psychologist Pilar Cortés makes some recommendations to better cope with these symptoms:

1. Practice regular physical activity

cal exercise moderately and regularly to increase the production of endorphins. Do enjoyable activities to overcome the demotivation and elevate the mood that this change in weather can cause.

    2. Establish a sleep and eating routine

    It is important to follow a fixed schedule over half so that the body regains balance. Sleeping 7-8 hours a day helps the body adapt better to change.

    When it comes to food, it is important to eat foods that are high in energy, such as carbohydrates, as they can help fight the symptoms of spring asthenia.

    3. Outdoor activities

    It is important to do outdoor activities and be indoors as little as possible.

    4. Encourage social relationships and meetings with relatives

    Although the symptoms of spring asthenia are transient, it is recommended that the person be surrounded by people who support them to feel that she is not alone in the process.

    5. Be patient

    Spring asthenia is transient; therefore, even if the symptoms are very bothersome and affect your mood, you need to be patient and forgiving. These symptoms will eventually manifest themselves in a few days as the body adjusts to the new situation..

    If children are the ones with asthenia, keep in mind that they may have more scolding and crying for a few days, but these will end after the adjustment period of a few days.

    6. Perform enjoyable activities

    Spring asthenia generates low motivation in general. This is why it is appropriate to try overcome feelings of fatigue and lack of energy to do enjoyable activities.

    7. Do not self-medicate

    If the person is properly nourished, they do not need nutritional supplements to overcome spring asthenia; that’s why it’s important eat foods rich in tryptophan.

    8. Have a positive attitude

    Being positive and having a positive attitude generates more positivity, which helps counter the effects of spring asthenia. If we gain importance, the situation is overcome earlier and improves the condition of the person caused by spring abstinence.

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