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365. Wake Up Your Body, Make Your Day Up!

So, Yi-hyeon 기자2017.03.03 19:13:26

I lift my heart as spring lifts up 
A yellow daisy to the rain; 
My heart will be a lovely cup 
Altho' it holds but pain.


For I shall learn from flower and leaf 
That color every drop they hold, 
To change the lifeless wine of grief 
To living gold.

-Alchemy by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)


Are you enjoying the springtime? Even if you are having difficulty concentrating during lectures, do not blame yourself too much. This feeling is a common state of springtime lethargy. Some common symptoms may be weariness, dizziness and indigestion. These appear due to the need for an adjustment period of the body as the season changes. Therefore, it is important to supplement proper nutrients to speed up your metabolism. Some foods like spring herbs containing Vitamins B and C can be a source of nourishment, but there are simple and daily methods which are more suitable for college students in defeating spring fatigue.


Students and office workers choose simple ways to overcome fatigue and daily sleepiness such as consuming highly caffeinated beverages. According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the recommended daily intake of caffeine for adults is less than 400mg, but the amount varies depending on who consumes it. Coffee has 50 to 200mg of caffeine; there is 60mg in an instant coffee mix, 100mg in a canned coffee, 150mg in a dripped coffee, and 200mg in a cup of Americano. A survey by the Korea Consumer Agency suggests that the average amount of caffeine contained in 35 energy drinks sold in markets is 67.9mg. These caffeinated drinks give temporary effects of arousal, concentration, reduction of fatigue, and even feeling better. However, Caffeine blocks the brain signals that demand rests and leads to a risk of addiction. Moreover, consuming excessively high caffeine beverages due to sleepiness could cause chronic fatigue in the long-term.

In spring, metabolism is accelerated, and nutrient consumption increases by three to five times compared with that of other seasons. Therefore, people need to supplement the inadequate intake of nutrients by consuming foods including vitamins B1 and C. Vitamin B1, which is called Thiamin, helps the carbohydrate metabolism, so that its amount of consumption is proportional to the amount of carbohydrate requirements. Some animal foods such as pork and liver, and nut products such as beans, peanuts, walnuts, and chestnuts contain a large quantity of vitamin B1. Vitamin C lessens fatigue and improves the immunity function. Fruits and vegetables are rich in Vitamin C. However, fruit and vegetable drinks in the market contain much sugar. It is recommended to check the ingredients and not to consume too much sugar. To relieve such concerns, some people make their own drinks at home. If you have no time to create them every hectic morning, there is also a way of making a fruit extract using the fruits in season and diluting it with water before drinking.

People also can overcome the springtime lethargy by adding simple habits to their daily life. The first of these is regular and proper exercise, especially regular stretching. If there is enough room, lying in the Cat Pose in Yoga would be appropriate. In a sitting condition, stretch your arms while sitting on your chair and lightly hit the armpits. Straighten your back and fold your shoulders back and forth. Put your hands behind your neck and massage your neck. Twist the neck and waist. It is also helpful to tap your head with your fingers. Commonly, correcting your bad postures which lead to daily fatigue and backache is also helpful. The second suggestion is getting a proper amount of sleep regularly (seven to eight hours). If you feel drowsy after lunch, taking a nap for about fifteen to thirty minutes, but not exceeding one hour, can reduce the likelihood of falling asleep right away at night.


Springtime lethargy is a transient symptom of activated metabolisms in spring. The most important factor in resolving tiredness, including overcoming spring lethargy, is the enhancement of a basic lifestyle. Instead of rooting for temporary relief from tiredness by drinking coffee and energy drinks, keeping healthy lifestyle habits will increase the effectiveness of a proper diet and stretching. Do not panic about a sudden lassitude, just start with what you can do right away.

 

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