Spring has sprung

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Spring: The time of year when people’s hearts turn to thoughts of love, minds start to wander in fits of daydreaming, and restlessness and excitement set in. For centuries, these feelings have been described as an illness by poets, artists, and singers. Symptoms may include goose bumps, tingling on the back of the neck, racing heart, flushed cheeks, bursts of energy, and a strong appetite for love. The affliction I’m talking about is spring fever….that wonderfully delicious disease to which we fall prey this time of year. Spring fever is the strangest of strange things. It’s has been blamed for irrational thoughts and distractions at work and in the classroom, as well as flights of fancy among young and old.

Most experts agree the body’s reserves of serotonin (the happiness hormone,) whose production depends on day light, get depleted over the long winter months, making it especially easy for melatonin (the sleep hormone) to take hold. Most mammals just give in to winter’s effects and hibernate. Unfortunately, humans have obligations that force them to stay active during winter months.

With spring comes the onset of earlier morning light and longer days. This causes the body to release large amounts of endorphins, testosterone and estrogen. Drowsiness and depression lift, weight is shed and life seems wonderful again.

After enduring a world of gray during the long winter months, spring rushes forth with a vibrant flood of color: Food tastes better; the sky looks bluer and people’s attitudes improve. It makes you just want to get out there and smell the tulips, literally.

All these heightened senses can give way to unbridled passion and energy. The chemistry of attraction rises proportionately with the temperatures, which may lead to love, and even long-term relationships. Remember to proceed with caution by engaging your brain, and remind yourself that the passions of spring fever are but for a season. By doing so, spring fever will have no long-lasting ill effects.

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No matter what effect spring fever has on you, the 573 has a number of things that can relieve your symptoms: Get out and explore. Take a hike in the woods or do a nature walk with your friends and family. Burn off some of that excess energy – the 573 has plenty of clear lakes and streams to float around on or swim in, and a number of romantic wineries, bed and breakfasts and restaurants to visit.

It seems the only relief for this condition is to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Learn more about cures for this disease by subscribing to the weekend update at 573mag.com.

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