If you’re feeling an extra spring in your step, you’re not alone! Longer, warmer, sunnier days – with a promise of summer – bring an extra bit of cheer, and a feeling of happiness and hopefulness to most of us. Scientists tell us that the start of spring can radically improve your mood and that “spring fever” is not as crazy as it sounds. Not convinced? Take a look at these 4 reasons why you might be feeling so good now.
1. Warmer, Longer Days
The end of a particularly challenging winter is welcomed by many. And even more so if you’ve been stuck inside for months on end due to a lockdown. Days slowly get longer with more daylight hours and the arrival of warm sunshine means you can finally ditch your winter layers.
These extra hours of daylight can be a major mood-enhancer too, according to scientists, as exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the release of serotonin in the brain. “The happy chemical”, Serotonin is associated with boosting your mood and helping you feel calm and focused.
2. Sunshine Vitamin D
Exposure to sunlight triggers your body to produce Vitamin D, important for keeping your bones healthy and your muscles working well. Not enough Vitamin D can cause aches and pains in your muscles and lead your bones to become soft and break easily.
During the winter months, it can be difficult to get enough sun exposure for your body to produce adequate levels of Vitamin D. Spring is the perfect time to boost your Vitamin D levels, and scientists say you need just 10 minutes outside each day in the sun for your body to produce its daily dose of Vitamin D.
3. Blooming Flowers
Isn’t it amazing what a little sunlight can do for your garden? Suddenly, all around you flowers are blooming, grass is growing and the trees are getting their leaves back. Studies show that looking at flowers can actually make you feel happy! And leave you happy for days.
But as pretty as your garden looks, it’s working hard for you too. Plants take in about 25 per cent of our carbon emissions and produce oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. They play a vital role in keeping our air clean and breathable!
4. Get Outside
Warmer days means more time outside without having to layer up with winter woolies. Studies show that taking walks in nature can slow your heart rate and help you feel more relaxed. In fact, just 30 minutes outside in the warm, sunny air improves mood and memory, say scientists.
No matter the weather though, exercise is beneficial to good health and mood. And let’s face it, it’s much easier exercising outside when the weather is fine! So get out there and soak up some springtime.
Spring is also a great time to think about buying and selling property. If you’re in the market for a new home – or your first home – get in touch with our team of mortgage brokers to talk about your finance needs. With access to a panel of lenders and experience in connecting our clients with the right lender, we’ll help you make an informed choice.
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