|Seasonal changes lead to allergies and less motivation|
|Written by Ariana M. Taylor, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:23|
As the sun continues to shine on the ISU campus, various students are taking pleasure in lying out and enjoying the Quad’s beauty. Although the spring season has brought gratifying, unexpectedly warm weather, it may deter students from attending classes and encourage them to relax prematurely.
The term “spring fever” often refers to the boost of energy one may gain due to the arrival of spring. Contrastingly, the expression can signify sluggishness for the reason that students prefer to use their newfound energy toward insignificant activities.
Although Erika Velez, senior business marketing major, is completing her senior year, she mentioned that senioritis may not be the only thing affecting her work performance. For Velez, spring-time may be dissuading her from focusing on her classes.
“I definitely think that it is a little bit harder for me to be motivated. I definitely want to go out and enjoy the days while I can because it’s nicer weather out. Honestly, I feel less driven to attend classes,” Velez said.
Dr. Jean Swearingen, medical director of Student Health Services, explained that spring fever can cause physical and psychological symptoms. She added that although many may blame the warm climate, no one truly knows the concrete reasoning behind the seasonal mood change.
“Many people do notice a change in mood with the onset of spring. It is not entirely known what the exact causes of these feelings [are], but the increase in length of daylight and the increase in activity as we move outside likely play a role. It is known that changes may occur in various hormone and brain chemical levels with the change in seasons,” Swearingen added.
Though several students are becoming more relaxed and are ditching their sweatshirts for tank tops, Swearingen mentioned that students should not get comfortable too early. She offered tips to students in order to stay healthy this spring.
“We still see colds, sore throats, and coughs this time of year. Pollen and grass allergies are common, so we see a lot of patients with the usual allergy complaints, as well as asthma flare-ups associated with allergies. Injuries become more common in the spring, as students are outside and more active. It’s also important to remember to watch sun exposure and use sunscreen and other sun protections,” Swearingen explained.
Velez can attest to the prevalence of allergy complaints during the springtime.
“My allergies are acting up as of now. Every morning my nose is running. I am sick right now, so my allergies really affect me during the spring. I take Allegra to get better,” Velez said.
Swearingen mentioned that students should not allow the change in seasons to hinder them from being successful. Moreover, she further encouraged everyone to plan ahead in order to stay focused.
“Students should be aware that these changes may occur, and may fluctuate from day to day, depending on the weather and other factors,” Swearingen said. “It may be helpful to make schedules to be certain that you stay on target with school work, but also to remember to allow yourself some time to enjoy the light and the warm weather. Exercise and play outdoors can increase your overall energy level.”
Velez is determined to overcome spring fever and attempt to stay motivated. She mentioned that she visualizes walking across the stage in the upcoming weeks and is provoked to “get up” and complete her work.
“I hope that students attend their classes because it’ll pay off in the long run. Try to stay motivated because we’ve come so far to just let everything go due to entertainment and other things that are going on around campus. It’s simply not worth it,” Velez said.