What happens in the human mind is always linked to what is happening around us, whether we are aware of it or not. In fact, our brain’s activation patterns are constantly changing based on stimuli coming to us from the environment, and this activity does not stop even when we are asleep.
However, sometimes the influence of the environment in which we find ourselves reaches pathological extremes. This is what happens with spring asthenia, a curious phenomenon linked to the change of season and which, as its name suggests, appears mainly at the beginning of spring.
In this article, you will find the keys to knowing if this disorder affects you or someone you know; we will see the main warning signs of spring asthenia, With the characteristics of this type of problem.
What is spring asthenia?
Asthenia is a deterioration in health which affects both the psychological and physiological fields, and which is characterized mainly by the onset of fatigue. However, unlike the type of fatigue we normally experience, in asthenia this feeling of fatigue and inability to perform intense or moderate exertion occurs without us having to tighten the muscles. That is to say, it is unjustified fatigue, and it also persists for long periods: it does not disappear in a few minutes.
In contrast, asthenia can be of different types. For example, in some cases, what is called chronic fatigue syndrome, or general asthenia, develops, which lasts a long time while maintaining consistency in the intensity of its symptoms. And in others, it only appears in certain contexts that trigger its occurrence in a rather cyclical fashion. This is the case with spring asthenia, the symptoms appear mainly in the first two or three weeks of spring.
On another side, the exact causes of spring asthenia are not yet well knownAnd there is still a lot to study in this regard, although the most accepted theory attributes this phenomenon to the hormonal changes that most people undergo when they move from one station to another. In any case, fortunately, the fact that the causes of this alteration are not known in detail does not mean that it is not possible to adopt measures to cushion its impact on the quality of life of people.
Warning signs to detect spring asthenia
These are the main signs that someone has developed spring asthenia.
1. Constant fatigue
As we have seen, fatigue is the main alarm signal that betrays the presence of asthenia (spring or not). This is usually seen even in the posture adopted by the person, Which generally bends more than normal.
2. Decrease mood
In many ways, what you experience with spring asthenia matches the experiences of those who have developed depression.. However, in this case, the most characteristic is the impossibility of physical exertion.
In the absence of energy, it is much easier for the person to become irritable, to experience anger or frustration while in addition to the discomfort they feel from spring asthenia, they must endure further setbacks.
Although the person feels exhausted for most of the day, it is very common for them to go through it as well. problems when it comes to having a quality and uninterrupted dream. Of course, that doesn’t help him regain his strength.
5. Decreased sexual desire
Another consequence of spring asthenia is disinterest in sex, which should not be experienced as a problem by the person.
6. General demotivation
Lack of energy is not just physical; there is also a tendency to show little psychological activity, This leads the person with spring asthenia to adopt a more passive attitude than normal, already adopting more sedentary habits.
Are you looking for psychological support in the face of spring asthenia?
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