If you’re looking for a mood boost, consider heading outside for a bit!
Yesterday it was 85+ degrees here, and I decided to take advantage of my apartment complex’s pool. I did a bit of reading while lying out for a bit and then slowly dipped into the pool. There were only two others there, quietly reading and basking in the sun, so the area was very peaceful. As I entered the pool, I soaked in the warm rays of the sun, listened to the chirps of the local birds, and felt the cool water hit my skin. All of my worries lifted away and I felt truly relaxed.
Natural light tends to elevate one’s mood (supported by a wide variety of studies). It also provides your body with plenty of Vitamin D, which prevents osteoporosis by aiding in the absorption of calcium. Getting sunlight also helps to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression. There have even been a couple of studies showing that being outside strengthens your immune system and helps your body to heal faster (according to a report published in Environmental Health Perspectives). In addition, if you’re walking around or enjoying another activity outside, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of the added exercise as well. Be sure to always use sunscreen to protect your skin, since the sun’s rays can have damaging effects on your skin, potentially causing skin cancer and wrinkles, with prolonged exposure.
If it’s a nice day outside and you’re glued to the television or your computer, consider going outside for a walk, swim, or bike ride. I bet you’ll feel much better!