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Springtime Fresh Air

There is a reason why we all look forward to Spring. It comes with favorable weather conditions and some other perks. One downfall is the side-effects of Spring like seasonal allergies. But for the most part, who doesn’t want to feel some warm and dry air after a long cold, wet winter. Spring is one of the temperate seasons that separates the frigid temperature of winter and the harsh heat of summer. Spring varies between different regions of the world and lasts for an average 3 months per year.

Flowers in SnowFrom a health standpoint, allergy sufferers can feel pressure from melting snow. You might think how can melting snow cause allergies? Well, harmful contaminants accumulate in the snow during the long winter so when the snow melts it releases these chemicals into the air at a high concentration. All of these allergens in the air can cause watery eyes, coughing, sinus issues like pressure and a runny nose and sneezing. If you are one of the many that suffer from seasonal allergies you should abstain from being around these allergens unless on proper medication. A daily loratadine or allergy pill will help relieve these symptoms. Also, if you have a healthy immune system you’re sinuses will have more protection from these contaminants. You can boost your immune system by taking vitamin C, eating healthy food and getting an adequate amount of sleep. At least for the first few days of Spring, or till the snow is gone, try to stay indoors and stay protected from these contaminants.

Spring has some negative qualities like flooding and ice after the snow melts. The more snow we have during the winter, the more snow that melts and floods. When spring brings the thaw, it can cause temperatures to get very high, causing the snow to melt rapidly which can lead to runoffs and icy spots.

If you are one of the many wo suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) then you will feel some relief. Seasonal Affective Disorder is the onset of depression during the cold winter months. Their body rhythm becomes out of sync due to lack of sunlight. It has affected about 3% of the US population so it’s very common. Symptoms of SAD include sleeping long hours, weight gain, decreased interest in being social and increased fatigue. People suffering from this disorder are happy during the spring, summer and most of fall but once the weather gets colder and the days get shorter they become sad and secluded.

On a positive note, Spring bring many great benefits like…

  • Boost in Mental Health: Winter can cause hibernation but the fresh air and the long days can bring happiness and less stress
  • Fresh Produce: More fresh food is available during the spring. This Is the best time for farm produce to grow and flourish
  • More Vitamin D: Vitamin D is obtained by the sun and is very important to keep Seasonal Affective Disorder at bay. It also strengthens your bones and muscles
  • Healthy Hair and Skin: During the cold harsh winter weather your hair gets dry and brittle and your skin gets dry and cracked. During the spring, the weather is at a comfortable temperature which in turn is healthier and softer on your hair and skin
  • More Socializing and Exercise: With the weather warming up and longer daylight hours, more people come out of hibernation and enjoy the nice weather. This means more social activities. Also, instead of working out in a gym, which not everyone likes to do, they can get in a quality exercise outside
  • Healthier, Fresher Homes: When it’s freezing outside you have all of the windows in the house closed up, heat blowing air and dust all over. Once the weather gets warmer it’s nice to open the windows and let some fresh air circulate

Other than allergies and some occasional flooding, Spring is one of the best seasons. Finally getting some fresh air, warm sun and much needed daylight can make anyone’s day.

There is a reason why we all look forward to Spring. It comes with favorable weather conditions and some other perks. One downfall is the side-effects of Spring like seasonal allergies. But for the most part, who doesn’t want to feel some warm and dry air after a long cold, wet winter. Spring is one of the temperate seasons that separates the frigid temperature of winter and the harsh heat of summer. Spring varies between different regions of the world and lasts for an average 3 months per year.

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Mary Margaret

My life is completely focused on living every-day to it's fullest. I try to better myself every-day whether it's the food I am eating, daily activities or my mental state of mind. Living with Anxiety issues and a crappy immune system makes life tricky but I have managed to float above water. I'm here to share my experiences and help others grow and maintain a better and healthier lifestyle.

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