Soak up the Sun

SunshineWe’ve endured a pretty bitter winter. The winter season of 2013/2014 will not be remembered fondly in New England and now that summer is knocking on the door many people are eager to throw open the doors and bask in the warm sunshine.

You may be wondering if weather can affect a person’s mood. Though there isn’t much empirical evidence behind a condition known as SAD (seasonal affected disorder) there are plenty of people who just can’t cheer up when it’s cold, dark, rainy or grey.

Being cooped up inside a home or office can make many people irritable and in some cases depressed.

If you have been feeling down over the past few months due to the endless cold and lack of light, now is a great time for a little sun worship. Of course, you need to be careful about how much time you spend in the sun and if you have sensitive skin you will certainly want to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

But, take the time to get outside, sit quietly and let the warm rays of the sun fill your body and mind with natural warmth. Try eating lunch outside or taking your break from work to go stand out back in the parking lot, or on a lawn if possible, and see how good it feels when the sun shines down on you.

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