Stress Freedom Friday: Reduce Stress By Getting More Sunlight

Have you ever just felt like you were so busy tending to the needs of your special little one that you couldn’t even take a break to get some fresh air outdoors? Keep going that way and after a while you may begin feeling a bit displeased with life or dare I say stressed. Sure, you love your child, but you also need to take some time to be someone other than a caregiver.

reduce stress by getting more sunlight

According to Discovery Health:

Sunlight triggers our circadian rhythms, our sleep-wake cycles. When sunlight hits the optic nerve, the brain cuts down on the release of melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep, and increases production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter tied to wakefulness and feeling happy. When the sun sets, this cycle is reversed, with more melatonin produced and less serotonin. The more sunlight the body receives, the more serotonin the brain produces. In addition, the body also creates vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. High levels of vitamin D help our bodies maintain high levels of serotonin.

Since stress is directly linked to depression, it seems that getting more sunlight is a good natural way to relieve stress.

Hmm, there really may be something to this. Other than the scientific research, I’ve noticed in my own life that I am just much happier in the summer time when the sun is shining bright.  I can’t stand the dark days of winter and usually rush to get home before dark so I can fill my home with plenty of light.

So, the net net of it is, sunlight is a free way to reduce stress so what have you got to lose? :-)

This post is a part of the Balancing Life series of posts

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