The Benefits of Sunshine
One of the main benefits that we can get directly from the sun is vitamin D. Vitamin D is believed to boost cognitive function and is also good for muscle, bone, and joint health! Researchers say getting anywhere from 5-15 minutes of sunlight on your face, arms, or hands two to three times a week is enough to safely get the vitamin D-boosting benefits of the sun. After 15 minutes, be sure to put sunscreen and sunglasses on.
Sun exposure is also thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping us feel calm and focused. Sitting close to a window or within a few feet of sunlight will also trigger serotonin-producing reactions. In the winter or on cloudy days, you can use a light box that mimics the sun. Studies have shown that light boxes can also boost serotonin levels.