We’re used to hearing about how too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin. But did you know it can have mood-lifting benefits?
Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of depression. During the winter, some people become depressed because they aren’t getting enough sunlight – this is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Some people find using a special light-therapy lamp helps to alleviate the symptoms.
So with natural sunlight being free and a natural mood enhancer try to go out in the sun when you can, but make sure you keep your skin and eyes safe!