It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
It’s going to be 60 today and I can’t tell you how much I want to do. I feel like a little kid. First I’ll take Dakota on a long walk. And then I’ll do a walking meditation after teaching. Then a wee bit of mania sets in.
And then I’ll take a class.AndthenI’lltakeabikerideandthenI’llstopatthefarmersmarketandthenandthenandthen….
I kid. Sort of. Every spring I do get a rush of energy to do, do, do. I wondered if Spring Fever is a ‘thing’. Turns out, there’s some science behind why we get so revved up when the weather warms.
In an article for the New York Times a doctor breaks things down.
”Spring fever is an ill-defined quantity,” said Dr. Michael Terman, the director of the Light Therapy Unit at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan. ”By some definitions it means lassitude, by others it means energy spurts and irresponsibility.”
When spring arrives, I do get this urge to play. This is something I normally feel. We’re not talking swinging from chandeliers but I feel a more compelled to participate, accept dates and even make plans which is not in my nature. Another doctor writes in the same article that it may not all be in someone’s head.
But while this reaction was once thought to be psychological, Dr. Rosenthal said there is increasing evidence that it is actually physiological; the change in seasons prompts a readjustment in the body’s internal chemistry.
Exactly how the body is affected is still unclear, but one popular theory is that the increasing intensity and longevity of sunlight in spring is somehow measured by the brain, probably through the eyes. This information is then transmitted to the pineal gland in the base of the cerebrum, which responds by reducing its secretion of melatonin, a hormone that influences mood and energy levels.
I did a little more digging and found this great clip on Scientific American which backs up the notion that Spring fever isn’t just the stuff of poetry.
Do you ever feel feverish when the warm weather hits?
Namaste y’all. Happy Spring!!!