Feb. 10, 2012
-- Spring Fever
The American Heritage Dictionary defines Spring fever as: “ A feeling of restlessness, excitement, or laziness brought on by the coming of spring”.
Spring fever is a term that is applied to several physical and psychological symptoms occurring with the arrival of spring. We often feel an increased energy and vitality. People who suffer from SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder) over the winter months (feeling “low”), feel spring fever to an even greater extent. For some however, spring fever can mean the opposite-a loss of energy with the onset of spring (“spring tiredness”)
Spring fever cannot be classed as a diagnosed illness, rather it is a phenomenon that seems to be caused by a change in the seasons. People usually experience symptoms from mid-March to mid- April. The most common symptoms are weariness even with enough sleep, a sensitivity to changes in the weather, dizziness, irritability, headaches, and sometimes aching joints. Our hormone balance may play a role in this. Possibly our “happiness hormone”: seratonin which relies on daylight for production depletes over the winter, which allows the “sleep hormone”: melatonin to have more effect. In the spring our hormones readjust with more daylight. Temperature and food can also affect ”spring fever”.
Never fear- summer is around the corner!
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Applewood Retirement Residence is situated on 2 acres of property with landscaped gardens, park benches, gazebos and paved walkways, close to Kawartha Heights Blvd. We offer 103 studio suites, and 22 new one bedroom suites, all with open air balconies . We have raised garden beds for residents who like to do their own vegetable or flower gardening. We have a chapel, library/theatre room, beauty salon/barber shop, private dinning room for family and friends dining, a large activity room with a daily calendar of events & entertainment and new wellness programs promoting health.
Applewood encourages independent living, but offers support when needed in the form of 24 hour nursing supervision, a visiting physician, delicious meal choices, laundry, housekeeping, & leisure programs. All private suites have a 4 piece bath, refrigerator, microwave oven, individual heating & air conditioning controls, & cable TV.