Fighting the Frühjahrsmüdigkeit

Fighting the Frühjahrsmüdigkeit

Frühjahrsmüdigkeit:  That’s what Germans call the irritable, anxious and tired feeling I get about this time every year.  I always have to remind myself that is what’s happening to me because otherwise I get really frustrated and depressed.

This winter has been particularly crummy across the country, so I imagine quite a few people are feeling the same thing.  Yesterday a very stable friend of mine told me he was feeling it.  He’s not the type to be swayed by his emotions.  My prediction was that all this relentless dreary weather had done him in.  You have to be alert or that ugly German word up there will sneak up on you and you’ll think you are losing your mind.

Here are some tips to fight off Frühjahrsmüdigkeit:

1. Get some sun.  Serotonin, often called the happiness hormone, is produced by exposure to daylight.  So get out there and stick your face in the sun.  You’ve been looking a little pale anyway.

2. Get away.  I have learned that I always need a vision booster every six months or so.  I plan to get out of Dodge twice per year.  That always gives me and Emily something to look forward to.  Build some moments to anticipate into your annual schedule.  Spring Break is coming up – plan a cool trip to a sunny place.

Note: Depression is often rooted in spiritual problems, but there are times that it’s chemical.  You live in a physical body and not everything can be defined in spiritual terms.  If you can’t seem to get past your depression it may be a chemical imbalance.  In which case, the most spiritual thing you can do is go to a doctor and get some happy drugs so you can get back to serving God with all you’ve got.

Article by Joel Malm M.D. ABMS