The Positive Effects of Sunlight on Your Mood

[Updated: September 3, 2018 | Published: September 3, 2018]

Get outside and enjoy the sunshine -— your body will thank you!

Sunlight is an impressive mood booster for people of all ages, and spending more time in the sun will raise serotonin levels. Increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain can enhance mood and instills a sense of calmness.

Use these helpful hints to maximize your time in the sun!

Walk in the Morning

Temperatures in the morning tend to be milder. For this reason, mornings can be the perfect time to take a walk in nature. In addition to the benefits you receive from the sun, walking also increases cardiovascular health and boosts mood.

Stay Hydrated

Sunlight is important, but can cause dehydration — so drinking plenty of water is crucial. In fact, mild dehydration can affect your ability to think clearly. Luckily, a study by The Journal of Strength and Cardiovascular Research revealed that mildly dehydrated people who consumed just two bottles of water returned their body to a perfectly hydrated state in under three hours.

Take Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is also common among retirees. This can lead to weak bones, which can increase the risk of injury from falls. As we age, our skin thins — translating into a lack of ability to produce vitamin D. Taking vitamin D supplements is also an option for those deficient (always consult your doctor), but natural sunlight improves moods and has the same benefits of the vitamin D supplements.

At Friendship Village of Dublin, we pride ourselves on being able to provide unique amenities that keep residents happy and healthy. As central Ohio’s largest retirement community, we’re located in Dublin, Ohio, just off Riverside Drive, providing access to plenty of unique places to enjoy the great outdoors.

How do you plan to get adequate sunlight this summer? Let us know in the comments below!


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