The importance of sunshine on mental health and happiness
Mar 15, 2021
The Importance of Sunshine in your Life
You see, our proverbial avoidance of sun damage has also cost us so much more than foregoing that tanned, sun-kissed look. Because we’ve been spending most of our time indoors (especially since the start of this pandemic), some of us may have noticed a dip in the quality of our thoughts and emotions.
So before you diagnose yourself with the bouts of the blues, ask yourself this: are you getting enough sunshine?
Just consider the following:
A healthy dose of sunshine can help build your immune system, guard your body against inflammation, sharpen your brain functions, and ward off dementia. With all these benefits listed, it’s no wonder that doctors recommend that we get at least ten minutes of sunlight in a day. This is especially recommended as a way to combat depression and improving our sleep quality.
So yes, getting a bit of sunshine in healthy doses can vastly improve your life—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Our bodies are programmed to wake up with the sun and enjoy its benefits. If you’re looking for ways to spend more time outdoors in the coming warmer months, then you’ve come to the right page. We’ve listed fun ways to incorporate outdoor time below.
- Improve your mood with a quick morning run
Endorphins plus vitamin sunshine—can you just imagine how infinitely happier and much more productive the rest of your day can be? And you don’t have to go all-out in this endeavor too. Even a leisurely jog or walk in your neighborhood will still do wonders to your mood.
- Soak up some vitamin D at the dog park
Spending a few minutes at the dog park can get your dog the exercise that he/she needs—and you the vitamin D that is necessary for cell growth and increased mental clarity. Of course, if you plan to spend more than 15 minutes on the park, be sure to slather on a generous amount of sunscreen.
- Go on a hike for improved sleep
See, melatonin and serotonin work hand in hand in lulling you into a deep and restful slumber. Both can be naturally produced by your body with a healthy dose of sun exposure.
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure with a few laps in the pool
But more than just the exercise itself, spending some time in the pool will allow your body to enjoy the sun’s rays. This can trigger more nitric acid to be released in your blood. This compound is crucial for bringing down your blood pressure as well as maintaining a heathy heart.
There’s more to your mother’s advice of “you need to get outside and enjoy the sun more.” Researchers have found a link between vitamin D deficiencies and the rise of mental disorders. So get up, get moving, and enjoy the sun as we move towards the coming warmer months. Sensible exposure to the sun might just help you get the boost that you need.