Soak up the Sun

Written By: Genna Mattioli – University of Wisconsin Stevens Point – Psychology Major

I cannot believe it is already August; it feels like just yesterday it was beginning of summer. Where did the time go? As I am thinking about how August has already snuck up on me, I thought about how much time I have actually spent soaking up the sun this summer. As we are getting closer to fall and closer to winter, the nights become longer, and we don’t get as much time to soak up those rays! But, why should you? Why do you need to?

There are lot of positives to sunlight, such as vitamin D, which I remember learning about at a young age. But what are these other positives I’m talking about?

The sun helps:

  • Release serotonin into your brain, thus elevating your mood
  • Improve your sleep
  • Promote bone growth
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Promote weight loss
  • Reduce stress

We all know being out in the sun too long isn’t good for us either, that’s why making sure to put on sunscreen before going outside will help protect your skin. Also, always make sure to keep hydrated and drink lots of water too!

What I really want to focus on though is the first point I made about how the sun helps us. Being exposed to the sun can elevate your mood like stated above, but it can also help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression. Over the summertime, you are exposed to the sun more so than any other season, and now that August is here it is time to remember how important the sun can be. Not only can it be good for getting a nice, it’s important to remember it is good for your mental health too!