Human Nature: Why Spring feels so good

We think it’s about time to give Spring the credit it deserves.

Autumn gets a lot of attention. It makes sense, what with the pumpkin spiced lattes, big jumpers and cosy scarfs. There’s Halloween, bonfire night – and then everyone starts thinking about Christmas. It’s a busy season, and we love it.

But it’s high time we gave some attention to the season of new life. Only this week, Betteshanger saw its first bumble bee of 2018. Nature is waking up and pulling us out of our winter hibernation, into the refreshing Easter air.

It’s time to shake off that Christmas dinner lethargy that’s lingered on for months. Now there’s simply no excuse to hide inside. The days are growing longer, the weather warmer, and there’s excitement in the air.

We’re waking up to bird song. We’re stepping out into seas of daffodils, bluebells and snowdrops. It’s a beautiful time.

You may not know but the smell of morning dew that you notice in Spring becomes more distinct, as the moisture in the air heightens your sense of smell.

Then of course, there’s the charm of seeing lambs leaping in the fields or young birds taking flight for the first time.

What’s not to love about Spring? Sure, sometimes it can rain. But even rain in spring is magical. Grab an umbrella and your welly boots and enjoy splashing in the puddles. Winter rain might be harsh and bitter but Spring rain washes away the sleep from your eyes and refreshes you for the new year ahead.

And speaking of the year ahead – there’s one other thing the turn of the season can bring. Spring cleaning is a tradition in many cultures. Whether you’re in China and you’re ‘sweeping away the bad luck’, or you’re in Iran performing the ritual of ‘Khooneh takouni’, which translates to ‘shaking the house’. Many places around the world have a Spring cleaning routine.

Now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and let some fresh air into your home. Even the sunshine is contributing to your renewed sense of energy. We soak up vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin, and the fatigue of the darker, colder months is washed away.

We’re saying goodbye to winter, and the Park is waking up again. Spring is on its way. Can you feel it?

As a reminder our closing time extends on 29th March to 7pm.