Natural sunlight is incredibly important for the human mind and body. Although we are warned about overexposure, there are numerous health benefits backed by scientific research to prove that soaking up a little bit of sunshine each day is absolutely worth it.
Studies have shown that people have higher levels of serotonin on sunny days compared to when the clouds are out. Serotonin is associated with a calm, focused, and positive state of mind, as well as increased memory function.
You may have heard about Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Dr Rosenthal at Georgetown University discovered the condition in which some individuals experience lethargy and sadness due to a lack of sun exposure. From what we known about the relationship between the sun and mood regulation, this should come as no surprise.
Although SAD is most common during the winter months, it’s not hard to wonder how all our time spent indoors may be negatively affecting our bodies.
Since sunlight can have such a positive effect on brain function and overall mental health, not getting the right amount of exposure to the sun can be detrimental to the mind and body.
This is particularly evident within modern businesses where individuals are often stuck working in offices five days a week, staring at computer screens under fluorescent lighting.
However, natural light can greatly improve productivity and workplace performance. Not only that, studies show that the human body’s immunity is enhanced as a result of sunlight, meaning less sick days for workers.
If your workplace is lacking in natural sunlight, indoor solar lighting could be the perfect solution. This innovative technology captures the sun’s rays and spreads them throughout buildings, no matter how far away from windows.
All research so far can agree that letting more sunshine into indoor spaces equals greater wellbeing.
Take a walk outside during your lunch break when the sun is shining, even in the winter months. Not only will you get the benefit of the sunshine, but the physical activity will increase your blood circulation and combat the lethargy that is associated with SAD.
Consider starting an outdoor activity for the weekends. This can be part of a wider wellbeing programme to promote your general physical and mental fitness while at the same time taking advantage of the sunshine.
Buy a SAD light alarm clock. These bedside clocks gradually increase luminosity in the morning and are intended to simulate the light of a breaking dawn. They have a radio alarm and can even include an evening mode that gradually darkens to send you peacefully to sleep.
Small changes in your habits can promote your wellbeing, even in the depths of winter, so why not take the opportunity to improve your health and happiness.