Tiredness and sleepiness during the day. Fatigue. Lack of energy. Anxiety. Irritability. Difficulty getting to sleep. Motivation problems. Livid reduction. inexplicable melancholy. Hypotension and dizziness. If you recognize these symptoms and have started to feel them with the arrival of the good weather, it is very likely that you have spring asthenia. It is a temporary and subjective feeling of fatigue, both physical and intellectual, which, without having a defined organic cause, is correlated with the early spring, especially if the heat comes too soon and it is linked to oscillations in atmospheric pressure and environmental humidity.
The first thing to know is that not all asthenias are the same. Asthenia as such is a disorder that causes the person who suffers from it to feel weak and without energy, with extreme fatigue remaining for a long time. In general, it does not appear by itself, but as a symptom of another more serious problem, which can be physical (central, neuromuscular or peripheral muscular fatigue) or psychological (psychogenic or functional asthenia).
the spring, Specifically, it is characterized by its temporality, since it usually lasts about 15 days, which is how long it takes for the body to get used to the new parameters of light, temperature or activity hours that spring brings with it and the change to summer time. It falls within the so-called seasonal affective disorders. It is not considered a disease within the Catalog of International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization since it is a state that, in itself, does not have a pathological value. However, if the symptoms persist over time or are accompanied by any other sign attributable to an organic cause, it is recommended to consult a doctor for a detailed assessment.
Its incidence in recent years has been increasing and, although there are not many epidemiological studies on this process, It is estimated that between 10 and 20% of patients who attend a Primary Care consultation during the first weeks of the spring period they do so due to asthenic symptoms. It is also known that it occurs more frequently between the ages of 20 and 50 and that it affects women more than men.
define it as a adaptive process it helps to understand it and, above all, to implement a series of changes in life habits that help us cope better. These are some of the most effective:
– Increase the outdoor activities (walk, ride a bike…)
– Respect some regular sleep schedules to help regulate circadian rhythms. It is advisable to sleep between 7 and 9 hours a day.
– Include in the feeding products such as asparagus, oily fish, avocado, nuts, fruits such as strawberries, olive oil, dates or dark chocolate.
– Try to have free time and spaces for relaxation between the succession of daily activities. Deep breathing exercises are advised.
– Reduce or avoid toxic habits such as the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, sleeping pills or other stimulating toxic substances that put bodily and mental balance at risk.
– Increase consumption of water. Staying hydrated is essential to improve the feeling of tiredness.
– Pay attention to our emotions. Sometimes asthenia is associated with anxiety, high stress situations, as well as depressive disorders.