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Spring Fever

Is Your 'Spring Fever' Running High?

So, the birds are chirping, and trees are blooming, and the golf courses are becoming mysteriously crowded. This is happening everywhere...except Utah (we have been battling snowstorm after snowstorm....lucky us). Spring fever has hit with a vengeance....but is this really an illness? Can I go to my Doctor and explain my symptoms: chronic daydreaming, spending all weekend being one with nature, fighting urges to call in "sick" to work so I can spend more time playing outside. Will the doctor tell me in a very solemn manner that I suffer from "Spring Fever" and I need to start treatment at once? Is the prescription a "Spring Break" and can I just watch it on MTV instead of really doing it? Probably not ... watching youngin's run around wearing less than nothing doesn't really satisfy my craving to be in the sunshine. Do you catch yourself daydreaming during the day? Daydreaming of being in the mountains, breathing the fresh air and fly-fishing? Or how about the daydream of sailing on the lake with the sun on your face? Daydreaming is perfectly normal, everyone should daydream at least once a day. Excessive daydreaming will start to effect your productivity and work...but oh, well. This is the most popular time of the year to change jobs, anyway. But if you really want to keep your job and stay productive, what should you do?

Here are some tips to keep you from having a severe case of spring fever:

  • Bring the outdoors in. Put a few plants on your desk.
  • Buy a pass to a health club to balance your mind and body.
  • Take a field trip. Instead of driving to lunch, grab a buddy and walk to lunch.
  • Take a 15-minute break to relax and get your mind off of work. Have some ice cream or lemonade outside.
  • If you can, work an extra hour or two Monday through Thursday, and take Friday afternoon off to do something relaxing.

And remember, Spring Fever is not like the chicken pox. After you have it once, you are not immune to it. It will be a struggle every year, but hopefully with these suggestions, you can control it.

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