Summer Sun for Winter Blues
Basking in the sun for depression?
What You Can Do
Next winter doesn't have to be all gloom. It depends on what
you do this summer. While simply slathering on the sunscreen and heading
outdoors may be fine, try the following strategies to take best advantage of
the summer sun:
- Dose up: Get up and out early to enjoy the added hours of morning sunlight.
These are also the hours in which the risk of sunburn is lowest. (Avoid dozing
during the midday sun.)
- Ritual: Practice some form of ritual, meditation, or exercise outdoors for
at least 20 minutes each morning. One practice is to face the sun and imagine
you are inhaling its light with each in-breath, and that the light is being
absorbed throughout your body.
- Sun breaks: During your workday, spend coffee breaks or lunch breaks
outdoors to increase your exposure each day.