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Weekend Wellness: Sunlight

We all know that sunlight helps us to get enough Vitamin D. But did you know that sunlight can also affect our mood?

Research shows that we produce more serotonin – the happy hormone – on sunny days than we do on cloudy days. The temperature didn’t seem to have an affect.

Therefore, a sunny day in any season can boost a person’s mood and make them calm and focused.

Sunlight may be especially beneficial for anyone suffering anxiety and depression, including pregnancy and postnatal depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

So what does this mean?

Try to make sure you get some sun for at least a few minutes on any sunny day (following sun safety of course!). This could even mean sitting inside your house in a sunny spot. If you work in an office with no windows, try to get outside on your lunch break.

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References

Parkย  A. (2017). Why Sunlight Is So Good For You. Time Magazine. The Sun and Your Mood: Why Sunlight Is So Good For You | Time

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