Being out in the sun has great effects on your mind and body. If you live in an area where there is plenty of sun, it shouldn’t be so hard to get out into the sunshine but, if you live in an area of the world that has many overcast days, you should be able to find at least a few days where you can find some sunshine to bask in.
5 Health Benefits Of Spending Time In The Sun
Now we are heading towards summer, hopefully, you should be able to enjoy some daily sunshine.
Spend Time In The Sun To Get Your Vitamin D Intake
The major source of vitamin D is being out in the sun. The UV rays of the sun will help build up vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital is regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
Spending Time In The Sun Gets You Back To Nature
There is nothing more relaxing than the scent, sight and feeling of grasses, trees, and flowers. If you have the opportunity, you should try to spend time in nature. It may be a local park or other wooded area. You can take in the local wildlife, even if it is just birds and squirrels. Communing with nature helps reduce stress and allows you to function better in your daily life. Even a half hour during your lunchtime spent out in the sun can improve your productivity and can help you have less stress at work. This will drastically improve your general sense of wellbeing and you will carry this positive feeling throughout your day and week.
Spending Time In The Sun Reduces Stress
You will likely find that you are less stressed and happier when the day is sunny. You can help increase this stress-reducing phenomenon by spending time outside. You can sit on a park bench in the sunshine and meditate a bit or take a walk in a sunny area. You can process your stressors better in the sunshine and will have a lesser chance of being stressed afterward. Try getting out in the sun every day for at least a half an hour. You will immediately experience stress reduction and will find being in the sun to be an enjoyable activity.
Whilst you are outside try and be mindful of your surroundings. Yes you could sit there and think or worry about what else you have to do that afternoon but if you can switch off from everything for even 5 or 10 minutes then this will be so beneficial for you.
Try some mindfulness practice. Think about the sights, smells and sounds. I will talk more about this tomorrow but being able to simply concentrate on what is around you is very relaxing and will increase the benfit you get from being in nature infinitely.
Sunshine can help you sleep better.
Being out in the sunshine, especially if you do something relaxing or exercise in the sunshine, you will be more relaxed afterward and will have a better time sleeping later in the day. Just a half hour of sunshine per day has been found to help you get to sleep easier and will help you stay asleep longer.
This then has a knock on effect. If you sleep better then you wake up more refreshed. This then means that you will naturally be in a better mood. Deal with stress better. Be more mindful in your work and play and generally feel happier and healthier.
If you do this for a few days in a row then you will naturally start to feel a sense of heightened wellbeing which is a great place to be.
Give it a try. All of this from a little bit of sunshine. Amazing.