The first day of spring this year is March 20…today! As the climate changes and traditions change, what does it mean for you? Is it something in nature, is it the thought of baseball opening day, or just the hope of putting the winter coat away? The traditional signs of the beginning of spring are changing with the warming climate. Many of the birds no longer migrate from the northern parts of the United States due to the warming climate and the crocuses appear earlier in many parts of the country.
Others consider the beginning of spring training as the first day of spring, but sports writer Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post says that has shifted. “The best professional baseball players, especially the team leaders, no longer report on the day they are supposed to, they report when, as adults, they think they should.” Many players report early to get a jumpstart on the season and we again must look for other signs of spring.
There have been numerous studies to support that increased sunlight leads to improved physical and mental health. An article in U. S. News and World Reports reminds us of the benefits of sunlight.
“A type of depression called seasonal affective disorder affects some people during the winter when they don’t get enough sunlight. Experts now believe that sunlight has widespread mood-elevating effects, possibly because the “happy” hormone serotonin increases when nights are short and days are long. In fact, psychiatrists often recommend that depressed individuals go outside in the sun for 30 minutes a day. Bonus: You can slather on all the sunscreen you want and still reap the mood benefits.”
On the first day of spring, let’s look forward to more sun, more flowers and more baseball. Take a minute to enjoy and gain the energy of the new season.