Think about it. How relaxing do you feel when the warm sunlight falls on your face? The sunlight instantly elevates your mood and keeps you energised for the day. Even five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo recognises its benefits. In the Amazon documentary, All or Nothing: Juventus, Ronaldo says, “The sun is good for the body. Of course, if I’m here all day, it’ll be bad for me and I’ll get lines. But spending 30 minutes (under the sun) makes me feel good.”
A moderate amount of sun exposure is beneficial for your wellbeing, not just physical but mental as well. Albert Ascherio, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health says, “Getting moderate sun exposure is more likely to be beneficial than not.” As long as you know how much time you are spending time under the sun, you will benefit from it.
Ideally, 10-30 minutes of midday sunlight should be enough, according to Healthline. The exposure time can also depend on how sensitive your skin is to the sunlight. However, just keep in mind that spending too much time under the sun can lead to serious health problems including skin cancer, premature ageing, sunburn, et cetera.
Here are a few mental health benefits of moderate sun exposure you should know about.
Boosts your mood
Dive deep into your memory and travel to the time when you were not having the best of days. Frustrated, you went outside to get some fresh air. After spending some time absorbing sunlight, can you recall how you felt? Probably good, as if a load was lifted from your shoulders. Why? For one, you were away from the stressful environment, and secondly, sunlight helped boost a chemical in your brain called serotonin, which helps you stay calm, positive and focused. A Brigham Young University study suggests, “If you’re able to soak up enough sun, your level of emotional distress should remain stable. Take away sun time, though, and your distress can spike.”
Gives you an excuse to go out
You may be wondering, how can sunlight make you sociable? But it does play a vital role in making you more outgoing. If you think about it, you rarely step out of the house when it’s raining or cold outside. But on sunny days, you simply need an excuse to go out, meet your friends, and make most of the day. You feel great. Why? Because the sun is bright and you don’t want to be at home watching the day passes by. You want to soak up the sunlight, for some time at least, and enjoy the warm weather.