December 05, 2013
Boost Your Mood with Sunshine
We have all experienced the Monday morning blues, when the rain is hammering on the window outside and the skies are murky and grey. It can instantly dampen your spirits, not to mention your outfit for the day. Therefore, when the sun sparkles it is easy to see why we like to make the most of it. According to a recent report, the sun can have an effect on everything from calming people’s moods and making them less aggressive, to inspiring folk to be more generous with money, with people actually tipping more on a sunny day. I am sure many of us can agree that we feel happier when the sun is shining.
It is well documented that although UV rays can be harmful, safe and moderate exposure to the sun actually helps boost vitamin D. vitamin D is crucial to keep you healthy and functioning. Yet it has even been linked to helping people recover from all kinds of illness and diseases. It seems that everyone can benefit from some vitamin D from the sun, especially those with the propensity to slip into depression and are affected by SAD.
Keeping Your Kids Well Protected
If you are heading out into the sunshine then keeping safe in the sun is essential. It is especially important for parents to look out for their kids, who are too young to understand the dangers of excessive exposure.
It can be quite confusing for parents to know how much sunscreen to apply to their kids. – Especially when on holiday and the kids are running wild, in and out of the pool on an hourly basis. The kids can get irritated at being saturated with white greasy lotion at every given opportunity. Thankfully, you don’t have to shut yourself and your kids away or make them cover-up from head to toe in a sheet, just to let them loose on the beach. The EPA has released some fact sheets and educational handouts, which detail why it is essential to be safe in the sun, and, more importantly, how to do it. These helpful info PDF sheets give stacks of information from keeping kids safe from sun and smog to facts about burning and eye damage.
Some other things can be helpful to set you up for a day trip out, such as packing sun-hats and water to keep hydrated. When you are on the beach then keep your sun lotion topped up and have a place of shelter to retreat to, such as a UV-blocker beach umbrella.
Benefits of Time in the Sun
In fact, it seems that getting out and having some fresh air and a bit of sunshine on your skin can work wonders when you are feeling unhappy. Conditions like SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder – when a person’s mood is affected by the depleting levels of sunlight in the winter seasons) and depression, even down to addiction problems, can all benefit from a healthy dose of vitamin D. Taking a walk alone or with friends, and connecting with nature, can be very calming on the mind and body. Drugabuse.com suggests that exercise, such as walking, and a balanced diet can really help someone who is going through the stages of recovery, showing that the simple things in life can really make a difference. With spending time outdoors a great boost to general well-being, it seems that a walk in the sunshine can be a powerful, healing medicine.
Everything in Moderation
It seems that there is so much conflicting information on the internet nowadays; it’s no wonder people are swayed when it comes to what is safe exposure and what is not. It’s safe to say, that most people do love the look they get from being tan. This is why many people risk getting skin damage from the sun. Some people are so eager to get a bit of sun on their bodies; they sunbathe without lotion and wind up with painful burns.
Therefore, it may be wise to stick to that golden rule about taking everything in moderation. It is also a good idea to make sure that you are well versed when it comes to protecting yourself and your family. The sun can be dangerous if its effects are ignored. Despite this, it has amazing life force that can heal; after all, it is essential for sustaining life.
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