Spring is fast coming upon us, as you may have noticed with your grass poking new green shoots, or the little buds emerging from the trees. Or is it the way the smell of the air changes or the sound of frogs waking up that alerts you to spring? Spring comes with a change in temperature – and sometimes the way that you know it’s here is you can suddenly go outside and it’s pleasant instead of chill with a light jacket. The bugs all wake up and you have little splatters accross your windshield, or you can hear the robins prowling around your lawn for some choice worms. All these things mean spring has arrived, but what does spring really mean today?
When we think about how we interact with nature in the modern world, do the seasons truly matter beyond the way that the roads are? Are we connected to the natural world like our ancestors? Perhaps not, but technology aside, we still have to deal with the change in seasons and how that affects both our bodies and our minds. Spring above all else heralds more sunshine (when it’s not raining!). If we spend at least some time outside in the day, this boosts both vitamin D and endorphins. If you do some moderate exercise outside, you get the most bang for your buck.
You may also experience added congestion – pollen starts to be produced, and in more sensitive folks the change in ambient air pressue due to weather fluxuations may cause more headaches. But it also might be the that your spring cleaning has stirred up a lot of dust or allergens – you could also be allergic to your cleaner, so if you’re feeling under the weather while cleaning, try some new natural combinations that have stood the test of time. Spring cleaning can help us in many ways – so if you’re feeling it, embrace that impulse.
Do you love the feeling of Spring? What makes you sure it’s here – your urge to tackle the garden, or the impulse to pop an allergy pill? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.