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Remedies for Spring Fever: 15 Ways to Ease Your Day

Don’t you just want to scream when you’ve seen the last of the snow melt, you’re looking for buds on the trees and one more blizzard comes rushing through? That is the seasonal restlessness we all know so well as spring fever. It has the potential of making us miserable or giving us a boost into the coming season. Turn your spring fever around with our 15 ways to ease your day.

For most of us, spring fever isn’t considered a medical condition per se. It does affect our moods and stress level. So indirectly it becomes a health care issue. Though it is rare, some people deal with the changing of the seasons with a more serious condition known as seasonal affect disorder (SAD). This one typically presents as depression around the changing of the seasons. In most of those cases, changing from winter to spring tends to brighten their mood, unless winter lingers, which drives all of us nuts.

Our 15 ways to ease your day will help keep you occupied and looking toward brighter days. However, if you suspect that you could be suffering from the more severe effects of SAD, contact a health care professional.

Remedies for Spring Fever: 15 Ways to Ease Your Day

Take in the Sun

One of the best spring fever fighters is to get outside and take in the sun whenever you get the chance.

What to do:

  • Take a walk, go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing if the snow still lingers.
  • Enjoy the morning or evening sun with a cup of tea from your porch.

How it works:

It provides you with vitamin D, which your body makes from natural sunlight is your best defense against seasonal depression.

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Make New Year Resolutions

Put off your New Year Resolutions until spring and nip spring fever in the bud.

What to do:

  • Start a new project that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Start a new workout or diet program.
  • Plan out your summer garden.

How it works:

It’s really ridiculous that we make New Year Resolutions in the winter. Actually, spring is truly the season of renewal. Make use of the momentum of spring to give your resolutions a boost.

Take a Mini Vacation

You might be saving your big vacation for summer. But you can also take a mini vacation to help leave spring fever behind.

What to do:

  • Take full advantage of three-day and four-day weekends to get away, even if you can’t go far.
  • Head off to a warmer climate where you can get a little more sun, if there is one nearby.

How it works:

Nothing gets rid of that cooped up feeling of spring fever like getting out of town, even if it’s only for a few days.

Bird Watching

As the season starts, all kinds of birds begin to return, making bird watching an ideal activity to beat spring fever.

What to do:

  • Arm yourself with a species guide, binoculars, and a journal or chart.
  • The whole family can enjoy spotting each species, identifying them and charting them as they arrive.

How it works:

Birds have a way of making us feel free and are a signal of the coming season. So bird watching is the perfect way to welcome the season and your feathered friends.

Look for Crocus Flowers

Another way to get a grip on spring fever is to go looking for crocus flowers.

What to do:

How it works:

The crocus flower is one of the few flowers that thrives growing up through the snow in spring time. They are promise of what lies just around the corner.

Take up Cycling

If you haven’t already started taking up cycling, it is another great way to combat spring fever.

What to do:

  • Take advantage of roads as they dry and hit the open highway.
  • Get down and dirty on muddy trails with a mountain bike.

How it works:

Cycling is great exercise that gets you out into the sun and burns off that restless energy. Springtime is a great time to start up this new hobby.

Damns and Rivers

You might think it’s just for kids. But damns and rivers can lighten the spirit of adults too; keeping spring fever at bay.

What to do:

  • Find a muddy surface where snow melt is still lingering.
  • Draw rivers with a stick to make water flow from one pool to another.
  • Make damns and redirect the flow of the runoff water.

How it works:

This is a great family activity that is messy indeed. But it can also challenge your reasoning skills as you engineer your damns and rivers. It has the added benefit of getting rid of the mud faster.

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Fly a Kite

There is no better time to take up the hobby of making and flying kites. It’s a great spring fever buster too.

What to do:

  • Use those lingering snowy days to make homemade kites.
  • When the perfect windy day comes along, go enjoy the sun and wind.

How it works:

Kite flying gets you out into the sun. Kite building is a great way to anticipate the arrival of spring while you’re still pinned up indoors.

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is traditional and it is a tried and true method of squashing spring fever.

What to do:

  • Start in your closets and drawers and get rid of the clutter. If you haven’t used it in the last year, you don’t need it.
  • Clean behind things that haven’t seen the light of day in a year.
  • Do those windows so when the sun does start shining you can see it.

How it works:

Spring cleaning is like getting a new, fresh start, just like the season itself. It tends to give you as sense of accomplishment and renewal, which are sure cures for depression.

Vitamins

Fight off colds and flu, which serve to make spring fever worse. Do this by making sure you have plenty of vitamins in your diet.

What to do:

How it works:

The antioxidants of vitamin C help fight colds and flu and B vitamins help boost your energy and help synthesize other nutrients in your body. It gives you a fighting chance to beat those springtime illnesses.

Minerals

Minerals also make a huge impact when fighting off spring fever.

What to do:

  • Place foods rich in magnesium at the top of your list.
  • Don’t forget zinc, calcium and iron in supplement or natural forms.

How it works:

Magnesium is well known for combating depression and holding off stress and anxiety often associated with spring fever. The other three give magnesium a boost as well as aiding in the production and synthesis of other nutrients such as vitamin D.

Massage

A massage is great any time of year. But it is also a great way to rub out spring fever.

What to do:

  • Take couples massage class as one of your new resolutions.
  • Enjoy a day at the spa with a thorough, professional massage.

How it works:

Work all of those kinks and muscle spasms out of your body, giving your muscles something of a spring cleaning.

Makeover

If you’re feeling winter blue, brighten up with a makeover and take spring fever by storm.

What to do:

  • Try out a new hair style, color or highlights.
  • Enjoy a facial with the new springtime cosmetic lines.
  • Take a mud bath.

How it works:

You spring clean your house, why not do a little spring cleaning on yourself. A new hairstyle and softer, smoother skin can pull you out of that foul winter gloom.

Spring Detox

A spring detox is another way to get control over spring fever and start fresh from the inside out.

What to do:

How it works:

A detox can get rid of the toxins in your body that have weighing you down throughout the winter and make you feel light and fresh like spring.

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Puddle Jumping

Puddle jumping is probably the most fun way to splash out spring fever there is.

What to do:

  • Find a place where runoff puddles abound.
  • Go to it.
  • It’s even more fun if you have someone else to splash.

How it works:

You’ll want to make sure you’ve had your vitamins and minerals so you don’t get sick. But this sun and fun activity will make your feel young again and give you a fresh start to spring.

Wrapping it Up

Although, for most of us, spring fever isn’t a serious health condition, wiping it out is still does body, mind and spirit a world of good as you transition into the coming season. Make use of one or more of our 15 spring fever remedies when the winter blues linger and ease your day.

If you have other ideas for beating spring fever we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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Natalie Morgan

Natalie Morgan

Natalie has a graduate degree in economics and experience working as a sales consultant and a social media division manager. When she’s not working, Natalie likes to cook and is fascinating with spices, which she collects prodigiously from all her distant travel locations.

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