LOVE’S SPRING FEVER

It happens every spring. It’s when the heart and mind focuses on what the renewed warm weather does to our romantic sensibilities. Here Austin relationship expert and professional matchmaker Julia McCurley helps you prepare for the new season of love. 

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain

It’s the season of ducklings, flowering trees and open-toe sandals. Some people are struck with a mysterious malady called spring fever. Well, there’s now scientific proof that your heart doesn’t just get happy about the little things. It is also more ready for love, for a variety of reasons.

Purported symptoms include daydreaming, falling in love and having the irrepressible urge to stay outside all day. What’s not to love about that? There is no cure, though some treat the disease by canceling appointments and lying in the grass beneath the drifting clouds.

Elvis caught it. So did the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Mark Twain’s character Huckleberry Finn. “It’s spring fever,” Huck exclaims in Tom Sawyer,. “And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so.” I couldn’t agree more. Here is more insight on why you are as susceptible in catching a heart palpitating case of new (or, re-newed) love.

It Is Hormonal

Hormone balances may play a role, so, if you suffer from spring fever, take advantage of the situation while you can. There is a theory that the monoamine neurotransmitter.Serotonin depends on daylight for its manufacture. This is the happiness hormone (endorphin) that overcomes the effects of the sleep hormone,  Melatonin, and gives us a natural mood adjustment. Therefore, as the days become longer with more sunlight in the day, this endorphin takes better effect.

Sunnier Weather

Frisky feelings could also result from getting more sunlight. When the weather gets warmer and we see more sunlight, the melatonin in our body decreases, which studies show leads to an increase in energy and vitality. Sociologist Dr. Julie Albright says, “That brings about mood changes that make it easier to find a relationship,” and I completely concur.

You Feel Sexier

As the weather gets warmer, we shed layers of clothes, we work out more, we are more conscious of our bodies.The combination of our waning appetite and our waxing wakefulness often leads to springtime weight loss, albeit relatively minor. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts who monitored the eating and exercise habits of 600 people over a one-year period determined that the majority of the participants gained two pounds in the winter. That was because they ate more carbohydrates and because they worked out less during that time. As soon as spring began, the researchers found, the subjects’ caloric intake declined and their activity levels spiked. Maybe that explains why so many women love showing more skin in the spring; they are not just enjoying the warmer temperatures, they are also revealing slimmer figures to attract more romance.

Out and About

Winter imprisons us in its frigid arms. Once we begin to stay out more in the warmth, there’s a better chance of being around more people and meeting someone who captures our fancy. Getting out of winter’s captivity also makes you more festive because you are free from the cold and its confines for the first time in a while. It might make you more willing to take risks, too.

Increased Energy

Longer days increase our exposure to sunlight, which in turn reduces the amount of Melatonin secreted by the pineal gland (a tiny, pea-sized gland located at the base of the cerebrum in the human brain (also known as the “third eye”). “There’s more daylight, so people have more energy,” confirms Dr. Sanford Auerbach, director of Boston University’s Sleep Disorders Center. You’re more willing to go to post-work happy hours, plan weekday dates and spend time socializing later into the evening than you normally would.

Spring in Your Step

To reap the benefits of this often magical time of year, listen to your body. Give it the vitamin D it’s craving—just thirty minutes of sun exposure per day between April and October, preferably at midday or in the early afternoon, is sufficient to sustain adequate level. Also, treat yourself to outdoor exercise whenever you can. Most of all, put your wool sweaters and heavy coats in storage, give your house a thorough spring cleaning, resume your trips to the farmers’ market, and help me celebrate the end of the winter blues. I’ll see you in the park.

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