“Come, spring season, you are the leaven of my sleep and rest.
You are the friend of my memory, the joy of my heart full of pain…”
Spring seems to herald many news, slowly. It mediates the end of one era and the beginning of another. The colors in the sky are moving, the light is brighter to the eye, the sounds of birds are starting to come closer to the ear, and there is a serious and visible movement in nature. Spring is at our door with all its vitality…
We give different meanings to spring. Everyone has their own expectations from the spring months. For some, it’s the predecessor of summer. Therefore, it includes a preparation process. It makes the need for physical and spiritual renewal visible. Spring cleaning takes place not only in homes, but also in the soul, mind and body. In this respect, it evokes joy and vitality to some people and instills hope.
For some, it involves the process of completing and closing the past, allowing the future and the new. Traditional rites in ancient civilizations and rituals in shaman culture are still practiced by people today.
Inclination towards spirituality, celebrations and rituals aimed at strengthening psychic energy become more frequent during this period. Even religious holidays and festivals take place one after the other in the spring months.
Just as the snow is lifted from the vegetation, the emotional burden of winter is getting ready to be lifted. It can be perceived as the right time to take this burden off the shoulders and to relax physically and mentally.
Unfortunately, the arrival of spring does not have similar meanings and feelings for everyone. For some people, it is a harbinger of intense and heavy emotions. For example, symptoms of depression may increase not only in the autumn months, but also in the spring months, as is thought. Most of us may feel depressed, exhausted and tired from time to time during the seasonal transitions. It is worth remembering that not all sadness points to depression. Feelings of sadness, depression, hopelessness and loneliness experienced during this period, lasting longer than 2 weeks, at work, at home, and in social environment, and the difficulty in coping with these feelings, and feelings of helplessness may indicate seasonal depression.
Studies on seasonal triggering factors of depression symptoms point to the following finding. With the increase of daylight, the mobility of people and motivation, which is the driving force for action, also increase. The movement of life outside, the increase in people’s energy levels in general can reinforce the feelings of loneliness, abandonment and hopelessness in people who are prone to depression.
Similar studies show that attempts are increased in individuals at risk of suicide in the spring, and include findings that the mobility that comes with the spring months also affects the decision-making and action speed of the depressed person.
Bipolar disorder, another mental health disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder or bipolar mood disorder is a neurobiological disorder, as well as a mental health disease in which there are sharp ups and downs in the mood of the person, depending on external factors or not. Although there is no agreed data on the prevalence of distressing symptoms in the spring months, it is noted that the applications for specialist support and hospitalizations of people with this disorder increase in the spring months.
Mobility in attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, which commonly appears in childhood and manifests itself as hyperactivity, restlessness and attention problems that prevent learning, can also increase in parallel with the increasing light and energy level in spring months.
Environmental, physiological and hormonal changes during the transition months can trigger many emotions. Emotions are not experienced on a single plane. It has ups and downs. Sometimes intense, sometimes mild. Psychological flexibility and resilience are not the absence of problems, but the presence of the capacity to cope with problems. Resisting our feelings and trying to change them can be just as devastating as ignoring them.
It is a remarkable awareness to understand that emotions come and go like clouds in the sky. Instead of being paralyzed in the face of a situation that worries us, looking at the emotion we feel in the face of that situation, questioning our accompanying thoughts and perceptions instead of getting caught up in them, and meeting the experience as it is is the antidote to being dragged by emotions.
In order to be aware of the transition periods and prevent against intense emotions, a list of activities that are good especially during these periods can be kept. Being outdoors, contacting nature, benefiting from daylight and socializing without the need for crowds in order to get rid of the negative effects of home and introversion nourish the mind, soul and body.