How Spring Affects Our Hormones

Have you wondered whether spring affects our hormones? What influence does the season have on our mood? Its impact on our bodies may surprise you.
How Spring Affects Our Hormones
Ana Couñago

Written and verified by the psychologist Ana Couñago.

Last update: 17 February, 2019

Some people say that spring affects our hormones. Is this true? Read this article to learn more about how springtime may impact our hormones.

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, and brings with it significant changes. With the arrival of the season, we experience awakened feelings of joy, euphoria and even romance.

Light: one reason springtime affects our hormones

Our body undergoes changes in terms of mood with the arrival of spring. This is partly due to the fact that sunlight has a direct influence on the hormone known as melatonin, which is responsible for regulating our internal clock, or circadian rhythm.

Melatonin is produced in the suprachiasmatic nucleus inside the hypothalamus, and is affected by the amount of sunlight a person gets. This hormone is responsible for stimulating other hormones in the body, which results in an improved mood.

This has an influence on oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, and as such on social relationships. Meanwhile, it also stimulates the production of dopamine, the hormone involved in motivation and pleasure, as well as serotonin, which regulates our moods.

Happiness in springtime

There are many benefits to a positive mood. For example, personal relationships improve. Similarly, it helps you face problems with a better attitude, engage more socially, and feel happier as a result.

How Spring Affects Our Hormones

Hormones and sexual desire

Unlike animals, humans don’t have a mating season. Humans mate all year round. However, it’s been scientifically proven that people are more sexually active in spring.

Spring affects our hormones that influence sexual desire, as melatonin activates the hormones responsible for reproductive control.

Meanwhile, the activation of hormones like dopamine and oxytocin make people more prone to sexual attraction. In addition, people wear lighter clothing and spend more time outdoors in spring, which increases sexual desire.

In light of this, it’s been observed that a high percentage of Europeans begin romantic relationships and get married in spring.

Benefits of the sun in springtime

In spring, people wear less clothing, enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. Dermatology specialists confirm that the sun influences the metabolism of vitamin D, which has an effect on our immune systems.

In addition, it controls arterial tension, which results in vasodilation. Another benefit is its effect on endorphins, the hormones that create good moods.

“Sunlight has a direct influence on the hormone known as melatonin, which is responsible for regulating our internal clock, or circadian rhythm.”

Spring’s negative effect on hormones

For some people, spring can provoke a negative effect known as spring asthenia. We can take certain actions to counteract its effects. Medication isn’t always required, but there are some useful recommendations you can follow.

You need 7 to 8 hours of sleep, regular physical exercise and, above all, a sufficient amount of rest. In addition, it’s a good idea to do things you find pleasurable.

Focus on the energy offered by sunlight, serotonin and endorphins while engaging with what truly matters to you.

How Spring Affects Our Hormones

If the asthenia persists despite your efforts, with symptoms including fever, depression and weight loss, you should see a specialist.

Meanwhile, it’s also a good idea to maintain a balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and grains. Similarly, you should drink a lot of water and reduce your intake of sugar. This way, you’ll minimize the effects of this springtime malady.

In spring, it’s as though everything comes to life, from plants to animals to people. Since spring affects our hormones, you should make the most of this time and enjoy it with healthy amounts of enthusiasm and passion.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.