Have you noticed a new “spring” in your step? Now that the vernal equinox is behind us, spring has indeed sprung. In addition to the force of Mother Nature, brain physiology may play a role in our renewed vigor.
In the winter, our lack of exposure to sunlight causes the pineal gland in the brain to produce more melatonin, a sleep-inducing chemical. This may slow us down during the winter months. In spring, however, the days get longer and the sun’s rays become more direct. In response, the pineal gland produces less melatonin, leaving us energized and renewed.
Spring ushers in nature’s rebirth. For thousands of years, rites of spring, in a multitude of cultures, have acknowledged nature’s regeneration and bounty. These celebrations often involve discarding what’s old and ushering in what’s new.
This year, consider capitalizing on your new-found spring zest! Here are a few ideas to help you:
Reorganize, sort and toss: There’s hardly a more liberating feeling than going through your files, kitchen cabinets or boxes in the basement. It’s hard to get started, but once you do you will immediately feel a burden lifted. If doing this on your own is too overwhelming, enlist the help of a friend or family member, or hire a professional organizer.
Revamp your wardrobe: It’s time to put your winter clothes away anyhow, so why not revisit your old spring wardrobe and spend time creating a new look? Add a pocket handkerchief to an old blazer, or complement a recycled dress with a different scarf. Small changes like this can make others believe you’ve invested in a new closetful of clothes. If this isn’t your forte, try enlisting the help of a wardrobe consultant. The services may cost less than a new dress.
Recharge your love life: If you’re in a relationship, take this opportunity to reinvigorate it. Send your loved one a poem, leave a love note in his lunch box or a rose on her pillow. If you’ve been looking for love but have found only toads (or toadettes), re-write your online dating profile.
In sum, every spring re-invigorates us and opens the door to new possibilities. Why not use this spring to your full advantage?
Maud Purcell is the executive director for the Life Solution Center of Darien, www.thelifesolutioncenter.net.