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Symptoms and Cures for Spring Fever Blues

Updated on May 31, 2011

The First Symptoms of Spring Fever

Are you getting tired of the cold winter weather or wondering why spring is taking so long in coming this year?  Are you wishing the snow would melt and the temperatures would soon rise?

Yesterday I was dressed for summer.  Today I'm back in my winter coat, hat and gloves.  Bloomin Weather!  I wish it would make up its mind.

chinodoxa in snow by r-and-b flickr/3152
chinodoxa in snow by r-and-b flickr/3152

Ahh, but this is New England where March temperatures are known to come in like a lamb and go out like a lion.  This past weekend, temperatures climbed to the 60's, very lamb-like for this time of year giving the flowering plants, the hibernating animals and the migrating birds a false sense of the season.

We are expecting more snowy weather but are also gearing up for spring.  According to the farmers almanac we could still get more snow up until tax time (about April 15th).  So it is too early yet to get out into the garden.

I am ready for spring!  The weathermen say it's not close yet but the native plants, like the crocus are beginning to bud and tonight I heard the evening chorus of spring peepers singing from the patch of wet ground signaling that the ground is thawing and the bubbling brooks are starting to flow.

spring peepers in run-off from a little babbling brook in Gunpowder State Park.
spring peepers in run-off from a little babbling brook in Gunpowder State Park.
My Decade in Drawings /
My Decade in Drawings /

Like the confused plants, peepers and other sleepy wildlife, I cannot resist waking early from hibernation. The moment it reaches fifty degrees, I long for those days to walk barefoot across the soft green grass, no longer staring out the kitchen window feeling the symptoms of spring fever pangs. I'm no long satisfied with my lazy listless feelings of not giving a crap.

With symptoms of spring fever at epidemic levels, a change of pace sounds rather appealing.

If you're feeling blue and think you may be suffering from symptoms of spring fever, rest assured you are not alone. There are many ways of overcoming symptoms of spring fever blues.

Cures for Spring Fever Blues

Ok, it's time to get the blood flowing. Come out from your winter hibernation and get active. I am certain being active is a good cure if you have cabin fever or the spring fever blues.

This is a good time of year to get out and explore. Take a hike in the woods or do a nature walk with your friends and family. Listen very carefully to the sounds of spring all around you like the soft spring breeze rustling through the leaves, or water flowing and birds singing all while you get some fun and healthy exercise to cure your spring fever blues.

Ten more Tips to Cure Spring Fever Blues

I. Inhale the rich earthy smell of the ground or the early blooms like the gardenias. Pick them, bring them into your home and float them in bowls of water around the house. This makes for a heavenly sight and scent to cure your spring fever blues.

2. Open up your windows and let in the warm fresh air and the sweet spring aromas of the early tree blossoms. One of my favorites is the lilac. It reminds me of home when growing up. Make everything smell fresh and clean. Notice all the bright spring colors and sweet fragrances all around, outside and in.

3.  On the next warm day get outside and enjoy the nice weather.  Fire up the grill and make some picnic goodies like hotdogs and hamburgers.  Then treat yourself to your favorite ice cream.

4. If "old man winter" is still around where you live why not give indoor gardening a try. Plant a windowsill herb garden, make a terrarium, build a birdfeeder or hand paint some flower pots.

5. Put away your winter decorations and liven up your home with a fresh coat of paint and buy yourself some beautiful houseplants or a bouquet of fresh flowers or change the room around to keep you busy and to give you a change of scenery for a sure spring fever cure.

6.  Add a touch of spring with brightly colored pillows of pinks, yellows, and white to accent your rooms and to add some cheer.

7. Hang some fun and colorful pictures or posters of your favorite beach or flower or whatever else turns you on.  Tropical beaches are my favorites.  Come to my house and you will find tropical accents displayed around.  Whatever makes me happy!

8.  It may not be warm enough for the beach right now but listening to some reggae or Hawaiian music can help you daydream of those gentle winds with the warmth of the sun shining on your hair and skin.

ALOHA from Me to You!

9. There are a variety of resources at your local library that will help relieve the symptoms of spring fever. Check out the videos and DVD travelogues. Check out the travel guides and make plans for your summer vacation. If you like gardening now is the time to read from the vast collection of gardening books. Choose a book of interest and do read to your hearts content.

10. Owe-it-to-yourself day is a cure for spring fever and a good way to clear your mind of life expectations and breathe new life into it. Be good at shaking your life up from time to time. Dream Big! Dream the Impossible Dream!

Are You Feeling Better Now?

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    • Dottie1 profile image

      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks JPS0138 for your comments and appreciating this hub.

    • JPSO138 profile image

      JPSO138 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      This is such a great hub. Keep them coming!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      k, c u


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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK


      Yes! Yes! :)

      were ready!

      c u soon!


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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Angels

      Michelle, oh goody ice cream!  Invitation accepted.  Santa Angel is coming too!  I'll tell him.  Can we come to your show too.  I would love to see you and Daisy perform.  Hugs back to ya, sis.

      Hey Compy....Alohaa!  I'm coming to get you for ice cream.  Bring the kitty's too.  Do they like ice cream?  See ya soon :)

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      ALOHAA!!Hi Dottie! and also to the other friendly faces while I'm in here:DI doo feel better already without even implementing any of the above tips!! so lord knows how I would feel If I was to do all of them although some will be impossible to do!and lol at your poll answer! "I didn't need your help to begin with!",


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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Angel Dottie, spring dizziness? Oh! Hope its just dehydration. When I opened this hub today, I saw the ice cream photo and could feel my mouth watering. I would love to invite you, daisy and shirley for some ice cream treat. Yummmmy... Yes, I will tell daisy you said hi. And I will email you later, maybe this will help your dizzy spells. Yes, rehearsals are going on since it's only 3 weeks and we will be having our show already. Here it is the start of summer and one can already feel the heat. Now I need ice cream and water more than ever. Hugs to you sis!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Angel Michelle, I miss you too!  You been busy with rehearsals?

      I just had a flash back of my kids preschool graduations.  They were so adorable and I cannot believe how fast time has flown.  Both kids out of High School, it doesn't seem possible. 

      I've been slacking off here for a couple of reasons, one being not so much spring fever but spring dizziness and I don't know what's causing it.   I'm now thinking I was dehydrated so am now carrying water with me everywhere! 

      Lots of spring love and light to you too sis!  Say hi to Daisy for me and tell her I miss her too!  Thanks!

      I am going to "Be Still" now! I love those words on your avatar!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Angel Dottie, I missed you. Is spring keeping you busy these days? :-) We just finished our graduation with the kids in our preschool. It was a wonderful event. If we had spring then it would have been spring graduation huh? :-) Lots of spring love and light to you sis!

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      :) Peek!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hey Shirley Angel, how you doin?

      March came in like a lamb here too! If the lion comes, I hope for our sakes it's a cub or at least TAME! Either way we'll beat it!

      Thanks for the visit. It's always nice to see you!

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Dottie Angel! I started reading your hub and answered a resounding, "Yes!" to each question.

      We're a little nervous here in Ontario. March came in like a lamb and has stayed that way, mostly. We're wondering how bad the lion's going to be.

      These are great tips to beat Spring Fever, Dottie! I can't wait for summer, myself.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Mighty Mom, Are you my Mother?  One of my very favorite children's stories that I've read over and over and over.  So of course I LOVE your avatar. LOL

      Thank you for stopping by and sending sunshine and flower vibes and hope that I could sure use during my daughters college spring break. She and her friends can sure keep me busy!

      I just visited your profile and went to your website.  I noticed that you worked for Watson Wyatt for 5 years.  Curiosity would like to know if you worked at the Wellesley, MA office.  I have a brother-in-law who has worked there for years.  He does the pension plans. 

      I remember quite well snow in May.  May 9th to be exact! LOL  Glad you are enjoying the California weather before it gets too hot.  Got me thinking about wishing I could come to California and visit my high school buddy and my cousins in San Diego.  Maybe someday in the near ;)

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      Susan Reid 9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Dottie! I so remember my "false springs" in MA. One year while in college I had just sent my winter clothes home and guess what? It snowed in MAY!!

      Now spring has a whole different meaning to me. In CA Spring is fleeting -- a burst of buds and pollen. Just a tease, tho, because it won't be long before the temps are into the 80s, 90s and 100+. Still, it's a beautiful time to get outdoors.

      I am hereby sending you sunshine and flower vibes and hope that Spring comes to stay where you are! Great, useful hub! MM

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Zsuzsy for being the bearer of Good News! Yeah, SPRING has SPRUNG! I haven't seen a robin yet but the tulips are pushing through. Zsuzsy, I'll meet you on the roof, lol.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Spring is here I saw my first robin on Wednesday I'm wanting to climb onto the roof and shout YEAH we lived through another one...

      Great hub Dottie once again kindest regards Zsuzsy (oh did I mention I'm glad its spring?)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Lgali, thank you and thanks for stopping by.

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      Dottie: -another excellent hub

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      WE WANT SPRING, WE WANT SPRING! lol. Today is 38 degrees, this is NOT spring.

      Michelle, I'm thinking how I found that article, hmmmmm...lets see; I think someone left me fan mail after reading my profile and they went to your hub 'Angels Among Us' so I went to check, lol and from there followed some links and I have no idea how that led me to the article but it did! Someone needed an angel that day, perhaps it was me. Thank you soooo much, {hug}

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hey angels sis dottie, how did you find that article? LOL Thanks for sharing it here... :-)

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I know how you feel. Spring is flirtying with us and is driving me crazy. I want to open my windows everyday and breathe in all that fresh air. I want to go hiking and see the new flowers. I WANT SPRING!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      I accept your love sis with open arms. AND I didn't know til today that you wrote an article for ezine on "The Seven Commitments to Love Myself"; I could use that right about now in the midst of college spring break and all that's going on here, all the college girls gotta go here there and everywhere, LOL.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sis dottie, I feel a need for the anticipation of here I am! :-) Hope seems to be like that huh? The view of the world suddenly seems expansive...beautiful. Am I making sense? LOL Anyhow, just drop by and give you lots of love... :-)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi Ripplemaker, I love New England because of the four seasons. I love the winter snow too as long as I don't have to drive to much in it. But spring is always welcomed after a long cold new england winter. I can feel my bones starting to warm up now and I'm wanting to come out of hibernation and I will soon be more alive and ready to play again. Good to see you sis!

      K@ri, thanks for your kind comments and for becoming a fan. I'm glad you enjoyed the song. See you around :)

      C.S.Alexis, the tease of spring was on again today but it can't fool me. I know there is still a good month before we are really out of the winter woods. I love watching the flowers pushing their way up. It's surely a sign of spring. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi mamacoots, Nice to see you! It doesn't get as hot where I am in New England but my parents live in Florida so I know what you mean about spring not lasting long before the hot heat jumps in.

      Hi Darlene, I love spring too. It is such a beautiful time of year. I wouldn't miss it for the world. Spring just has a way of warming you up after a cold winter.

      Hi G-Ma, your kind spirit is always like a beautiful spring day. Glad you enjoyed looking at the guys in the video and had some fun! I hid them there especially for you! hehehe! I won't tell no one!!!

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      I am with you! Tired of the cold teased by days of warm sunshine only to watch the temperature drop 35 degrees within a few hours. The flowers are pushing their way up and the frost is still nipping but it won't be so long now! Thank Mother Nature. Nice hub here, lends itself to FAITH.

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      Kari Poulsen 9 years ago from Ohio

      Dottie, Thanks for the wonderful hub! Spring is almost starting (I hope) here in the DC suburbs and this was just what I needed. Good suggestions and I love the Andy Williams song!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi dottie, I've wondered what it would be like to live in a country with four seasons. :-) And to await the spring after the winter. Hmmmm..but I love reading your hub. And I may pick up some cures for whatever blues I may have now and then. :-) Thanks sis.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      owww la la.... liked those guys with their strong legs and their skirts or whatever you call them...nice to look at for me anyway...shhhh...and yes in deed am so ready for and planting and freshness all around..I can smell it now...and I loved your ideas...makes me want to try them all...Thanks sweetie for the uplift...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      DarleneMarie 9 years ago from USA

      Great Hub Dottie! Spring is my favorite time of year and I love to open my windows and let the breeze flow through.

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      mamacoots 9 years ago from Louisiana

      Yes, we've done a few things on your list. It seemed like everyone was grilling last weekend with the gorgeous weather. We actually reached the 80's last week down here in Southern Louisiana! I'm ready for Spring. Sadly it doesn't last very long, we jump right to Summer heat. ;-)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you all for stopping by to read, appreciate and leave your thoughtful comments in this hub. Sorry to write and run but I'm on my way to pick up my daughter at college for spring break. Will be back this evening. Take Care.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Dottie, thanks but it will be a long time before I experience the Spring blues as we in South Africa, are only now going into Autumn.

      Great Hub though.

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      VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Dottie: As I read your hub, I felt sooOooo relaxed. I haven't experienced the blues, but, did slow down in the winter, I guess most of us do. This hub is a good reminder to go out and join the Spring that is around the corner.

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      Barbara 9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      There is a great expanse of space in this Hub, which I find very zen. Where did you connect with the cartoon character? I tried to click on her site but no cigar. Thanks for reminding me that spring is in the air. We have experienced a bit of trying times.


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