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Nature excursions in the fight against spring fatigue

The days are becoming sunnier and longer, and plants are in full bloom. While it seems to you that the whole world is enjoying the outdoors in the springtime, you are more tired than ever.

You probably already know: you are a victim of spring fatigue. Although it seems illogical, as we have just emerged from the winter period, which is associated with seasonal blues caused by short, cold days and the Christmas holidays, spring does not bring the spurt of energy that we would expect. Why do the first days of spring make us a pale copy of ourselves, so that we can hardly find the strength to get out of bed?

There is no single answer to this question, but scientists believe that there are several major causes. Theory says that our bodies, as the days become longer and warmer, automatically adjust with hormonal changes: while more melatonin, the sleep hormone,  is produced in winter, now that spring has arrived, the body reacts to the increased light and produces more serotonin, the hormone of happiness. In addition, at the end of March we also switch to daylight saving time, which also affects our biorhythm. All of these changes can be a heavy burden on the body, which is why we feel tired and apathetic for a few weeks.

Above all, it is most important to realize that fatigue is primarily a result of everyday habits. In order to overcome it and start enjoying spring to the fullest, we must first analyze our lifestyle and adapt it to the season.

Here are some tips on how to recover your energy and zest.

1. Correct your diet

First of all, you should avoid industrial processed foods because they contain large quantities of sugar, fat, and additives, which burdens the organism. In place of industrially processed foods, choose foods with a low glycemic index: eat as much fresh, seasonal vegetables, protein based foods, and healthy fat, like olive oil, as possible. "Target" a sunny weekend, fill the picnic basket with healthy food, choose your favorite lookout point in the Krka National Park and watch the positive effects such excursions will have on you during the working week.

2. Reduce your intake of coffee and alcohol

Although caffeine drinks would seem to be the first and logical choice when we want to raise the our energy level, in large quantities they are actually counterproductive. So limit your intake to two or three cups a day. The reasons for avoiding alcohol (and cigarettes) is understood and does not need to be further clarified.

3. Get out in the fresh air

Warmer days allow us to stay longer in the open and in the sun, which means better synthesis of vitamin D. Since bodily activity accelerates the metabolism and improves circulation, after exercising you will feel better, more energetic, and more rested. Being in the fresh air every day awakens and rejuvenates us, and also makes us happier, so choose to take a walk instead of using a car, or go to the park instead of watching a film.

Use nice weather to fight fatigue by riding a bicycle, jogging, or taking long walks in nature, such as on the hiking trails of the Krka National Park. Combine physical activity with a beneficial visit in untouched nature and in this manner overcome spring fatigue.

The pedestrian paths and lookout points of the Krka National Park are equipped with educational panels with detailed information about the plant and animal world and the cultural and historical features of the Park. The views from the lookout points will leave anyone indifferent. There are three circular paths: Skradinski Buk waterfall (1900 m), Roški Slap cascades (1360 m), and the Krka Monastery (2 100 m). The longest among them, the Stinica - Roški Slap - Oziđana Cave path, 8.5 km long, is an ideal destination for a full day nature trip, guaranteed to charge your batteries for the next few days.

4. Drink sufficient liquids

If you listen to the above advice and decide to discover the hiking trails of the Krka National Park, do not forget to bring along healthy food and plenty of fluids. Fluid intake is important throughout the year, but especially in its warmer part. The recommended daily amount is calculated by multiplying thirty milliliters by your body weight in kilograms. The best choices are water, herbal teas, and unsweetened natural juices.

5. Get enough sleep

Tiredness most often accumulates due to too little sleep. Hormonal disorders can arise in this manner, the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease increases, and mental weakness also occurs that can cause difficulties in decision-making and problem solving. So do not skimp your sleep! If your biorhythm is disturbed due to the transition to daylight saving time, try to correct it in a natural manner: avoid alcohol and caffeine and looking at a screen a few hours before going to bed, whether a television, computer, or mobile phone display. Instead, use this time to hang out with household members or enjoy a good book.