So that snow finally decided to show up, huh?
Now that January has arrived, we are offically in the full swing of winter, complete with that midwest snow and ice. And although we're cold, we've been lucky enough to still have some sunshine peeking through the clouds. Getting a decent amount of sunshine can so wonders for your physical and mental health and whenever possible it is highly recommended so catch some of those rays!
Sunlight has a variety of benefits including generating the production of vitamin D, supporting bone health, lowering blood pressure, and preventing disease. It can also help keep SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) at bay. A lack of sunlight can contribute to a drop in serotonin levels, which can lead to depression and has also been linked to panic attacks and anxiety-related disorders.
While sunlight can be such an important part of our overall health, please remember that balance is key!
It's no secret that the sun's rays emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation can penetrate the skin and damage cell DNA. This can lead to skin cancer so make sure to keep yourself protected. Remember to put on your SPF before you leave the house to block some of that harmful radiation.
According to the World Health Organization, 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight a few times a week is enought to reap the benefits of sunshine so take that afternoon stroll and enjoy the fresh air!