There’s just something about seeing beautiful blue skies and that lovely yellow ball of warmth and light.
It might be due to the fact that I love being outside but I, like may people, feel so much happier when it’s warmer. Colours seem brighter and life just seems lighter somehow. There have been lots of articles about SAD (seasonal affective disorder) where people are ‘OK’ for most of the year but seem to experience lower moods during the seasons when there is less sunlight. The exact cause is not yet known but people do find that sunshine (and light boxes) alleviate the symptoms.
Not only does sunlight enhance your mood, but it allows your body to make Vitamin D which is essential for strong bones and teeth, as well as playing an important role in your immune system. yes you can take Vitamin D supplements, but getting nutrients naturally is always best and what better excuse to sit outside or go out for a walk?!
Looking after your skin in the sun is essential, I tend to wear factor 20 or 30, even in the UK and make sure it’s got UVA and UVB protection too. Wearing sun protection cream does affect the Vitamin D production so ver short periods (15 minutes or so) of sun exposure without sun protection is deemed to be OK.
Even at the end of the day when the sun is going down after a fabulously sunny day, you get the most beautiful sunsets.