Return of Sunshine, Surprising Health Benefits from Sun Exposure, Reduce Mild Depression with Sunlight

Wellness Wednesday  for Stouffville Yoga Life   
January 11th  2017 

Return of Sunshine, Health Benefits of Sunshine, Reduce Mild Depression with Sunshine  

In January those of us in the Northern Hemisphere gain 1.5 to 2 minutes of sunlight every day. Through February because of the Earth's tilt we gain 2.5 minutes of additional sunlight from the darkest day, December 21st. 

Although we're all aware of the dangers of too much sun exposure, new research provides the benefits of sun exposure, starting with a simple walk whenever the weather allows. Increasingly scientists agree the list of benefits from sunshine is long.

For now, just be aware that moderate sunshine on your cheeks helps chase the winter blues! 
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A recent article in Life Hacks tallies the benefits of spending a little time in the sunshine every day.
These include lower blood pressure, improved brain function and the easing of mild depression. But here's another tip. You don't have to wait until it's warm enough to venture out without being wrapped like mummy.
On any sunny day in January or February find a sun spot in your home. Sit for the few minutes it takes for the sun to pass through this spot. Turn your face to the sunlight and close your eyes. That's it. Just absorb all that delicious heat and light for a guaranteed winter pick-me-up.
Happy Sunning!

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