Why Do We Sometimes Feel So Blue in the Springtime?

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"Why Do We Sometimes Feel So Blue In the Springtime?" Barbara Sinclair for Conscious Life News, Kapha Season, Ayurveda

Spring is a paradoxical season, in some respects. While the rest of Nature bursts forth with new life, some of us humans seem to want to crawl back under the covers, into our cave.

Shouldn’t spring bring with it renewed energy and vigor?

In the Ayurvedic calendar, spring is Kapha Season. This dosha (physiological force or energy) by nature is cool, damp, slow, heavy, dense, and cloudy. Apply these attributes to someone with a lot of Kapha in their constitution, magnify them because of the season, and you can see why hiding out under the covers seems so desirable.


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These attributes of cool, damp, slow, etc., are called gunas in Ayurveda, and apply to our mental state as well as our physical state. A heaviness in the body can lead to a heaviness in the mind and also the spirit.

So, why do we sometimes feel so blue in the springtime? Blame it on Kapha dosha.

Note: Whether or not we have a lot of this dosha in our constitution (click here to find out what yours is) we all feel its effects. We are each a unique combination of all three (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

The rainy, cool, gloomy weather we’ve been experiencing here in the Northeastern US is typically Kapha.

In terms of constitutions, most Vata-types won’t mind the dampness (they’re dry by nature, made up of the elements air/ether) but will be bothered by the cold. Pitta-types (hot, by nature – elements are fire/water) will probably be the least affected by Kapha Season.

Here’s the catch, though. Any of us, at any time, can have an imbalance in a dosha, whether or not it’s a predominant part of our constitution.

My own constitution is Vata-Pitta (heavily Vata). For the greater part of my life, I was typically Vata. But lately, I’ve been dealing with some Kapha imbalances (feeling sluggish, weight gain, not my usual energetic self.


While it’s been a challenging season (Kapha qualities are all the complete opposite of Vata, with the exception of them both being cold), as a practitioner it has also been enlightening for me to feel what it’s like to be in the shoes of a Kapha-type individual.

What Kapha-types (or someone with a Kapha imbalance) need to do to stay balanced and healthy

  • Exercise daily (especially in the early morning)
  • Get up and get moving before 6:00 a.m. (or before sunrise, depending on the time of year) and don’t take afternoon naps. Sleeping during Kapha times of day (6-10) result in sluggishness and a Kapha-type will lack motivation for the rest of the day. Because the water element is so strong in Kapha types, they need to keep moving or they will stagnate like an obstructed river.
  • De-clutter to lighten their load, physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Sip hot herbal/spiced teas instead of drinking too much water. Hot ginger water (with or without honey) is an excellent choice. Avoid cold beverages altogether.
  • Reduce foods that are cold, heavy and oily. Stay away from sweet, sour and salty and instead, add foods that are light, dry, warm, pungent, bitter and astringent.
  • Reduce mucus-producing foods such as dairy, wheat, and oats.
  • Avoid heavy meats and fried foods
  • Keep warm and dry, especially during cold, damp Kapha season.
  • Follow this Kapha-pacifying daily routine: Up before 6:00 a.m. (or, ideally, up to two hours before sunrise), meditation and morning workout, light breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Healthy lunch (biggest meal of the day) 12:30-1:00 p.m. and a light supper at 5:00-6:00 p.m. Bedtime between 10-11 p.m. Kaphas don't need as much sleep as the other doshas (they tend to sleep too much), but a regular bedtime and restorative sleep is beneficial.
  • Kaphas can fast easier than the other doshas and it will help jumpstart their sluggish metabolism. They should definitely avoid eating past 6:00 p.m., 7:00 at the latest. This will give them a mini fast each evening. The word breakfast means just that–break fast.
  • Add spices to food to spark digestion. Be careful with salt intake and avoid table salt altogether.
  • Raw honey is a good sweetener to reduce Kapha. Buy local raw honey during Kapha season as it can help with springtime allergies. Just don’t overindulge, which is also a Kapha trait.

Relief is just around the corner for Kapha and Vata types who love the heat of summer. And when summer arrives (Pitta Season), I’ll be dropping by to have a chat with Pitta folks about staying cool.

If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, I’d like to leave you with some wise words from my Ayurveda teacher, Maya Tiwari.

“The word dosha literally means ‘that which has a fault’, a system that is quick to change. We were not meant to strive for perfection…It is erroneous and burdensome to attempt to maintain a perfect body, a perfect life, and perfect health, for the demands of such striving steals the vital force from life. What we can reasonably do is aspire to a life of balance, without desperate measures. It releases the harmful focus of a mindset in perfection and a will steeped in inimical reversals. Ayurveda is the pursuit of balance. A life of balance has no extremes and very little fragmentation.” — Maya Tiwari, “Ayurveda: A Life of Balance

Much love,
Barbara

About the Author

Barbara Sinclair is a weekly Writer for CLN. She is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. You can learn more about her by visiting her website barbarasinclair.com. Barbara posts a new article every Wednesday morning on CLN. To read her former articles, click here.

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  3. Iloveyoga4@gmail.com' Sue says:

    Thank You!
    I too am an Ayurvedic Lifestyle counselor, Vata-Pitta type, and have been feeling everything you have described. I needed this as I was blaming everything on my Vata. Thank you for the ah ha moment! Namaste

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