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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.

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