* Asthenia [as-thee-nee-uh]: lack or loss of strength; weakness.
The word “asthenia” comes from the Greek and it means “no force”. Spring asthenia is characterized by a general feeling of weakness and lack of energy which comes when spring arrives. The spring asthenia comes accompanied by various symptoms: sleep and appetite, sadness, disturbance, headache, forgetfulness, etc.
Welcome back to my blog! I know it's been a hot minute since my last article and while I was thinking what to post next, I decided to be transparent and raw with you guys and to share with you the reason why I was absent this past month. In the beginning I wasn't sure what was going on with me until Paul mentioned spring asthenia and all the puzzle pieces came together. After Fashion Week (when I was very busy and always on the go) I began to be constantly tired and I wasn't in the mood for anything, avoiding my blog and my passions. It was also difficult for me to take action and break the bad habits that came with the asthenia, but once I started, I automatically began to feel like myself again. So I'm sharing everything with you guys in case you or someone you know feels the same way I did!
Here is what helped me:
1. Exercising & maintaining my morning routine, even if all I wanted to do was sleep for 10h. Although it’s good for you to have some longer nights (more than 8h) to completely recharge your batteries, when I forced myself to sleep and stay in bed longer than usual, I ended up being more exhausted. Waking up and getting some things done will be the best start of the day. And I know working out is the last thing you want to do when you feel low, but at the end of the workout I promise you will be 10x better. Also, it’s ok if you can’t do 20 burpees and 10 jumping squats. Every little thing counts so do as much as it is comfortable for you now.
2. Replacing coffee with healthy shots such as ginger, turmeric, spirulina or charcoal shots. These are super healthy for you and offers the body the much needed vitamins and antioxidants. During the first couple of weeks after sleeping 9h every night, I still felt exhausted and with 0 energy. My solution to this was coffee. Nonetheless, I ended up addicted to it and couldn’t function properly without coffee, which is definitely not good especially after a good nights’ sleep. This made me switch to the energy that comes from fruits and plants and I started to feel better immediately.
3. Bedtime yoga. A good stretch will do miracles for your body and mind. This was the best way to ensure a peaceful, deep sleep throughout the night.
4. Reading about emotions. In the beginning I didn’t know why I was not in the mood to do anything and I was irritated all the time. A friend suggested the book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman and it was very helpful in understanding my emotions better in order to control them.
5. Cleaning. Now this may not be for everybody, especially if you hate cleaning… No, erase that. It’s impossible not to feel better when your house smells amazing and everything is shining. I absolutely love cleaning and for me it's very relaxing as well. I guess that's double therapy for me!
6. Cooking and eating healthy, especially replacing sugars with fructose. I know this will probably be the hardest one, for me it definitely was! When you have spring asthenia all you want to do is Netflix and chill while eating chocolate. But trust me, after doing this you will feel worse. I noticed that I have more energy and I’m in a better mood if I try to eat as clean as possible and replace sugars with fruits. Summer body I’m coming!
7. Meeting with friends, being surrounded by people helped me a lot when I felt down. Also, be present and involved in the relationship with your friends. It always boosted my mood. The only thing you need to pay attention to is not to get addicted to going out and use this as a method to forget about your own life and feelings. You don't want to end up living for the weekend.
8. Less social media. The last thing you need to do when you feel down is to look how good other people are doing. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but people only share their highs on social media and it's really hard to be aware of that when you feel low. Instead, you can be easily tricked into thinking that everyone is happy and only your life sucks. So, go back on social media when you are ready to appreciate other’s people content in a constructive way.
9. Set productivity goals. Although you will feel like not doing anything, the asthenia will leave your body and mind quicker if you are determined to keep your work schedule and let discipline be your guide instead of letting your moods conquer your productivity. During this period, I set smaller, achievable goals and I made sure I pushed myself in order to get the tasks done. It gives you a feeling of satisfaction, resulting in mood improvement.
10. Now, the most important thing is to stick to your plan. I know this and the previous point are similar, but the most important thing is to stick to your plan (exercise, reading, diet etc) throughout the asthenia period. This may be 5 days, two weeks or a month; the important thing is not to abandon the habits that make you feel better even if they seem an inconvenience at the time. For instance, when all you feel like doing is chilling and eating sweets make sure you do at least a 5 min workout to feel better about your body and clear your mind.