Making The Most Of Sunshine In Addiction And Recovery – 7 Benefits Of Sunshine


Here is our next Sunday surprise. The weather here will in the UK isn’t that great but it doesn’t mean that we have to go suffer, exercise, laughter and spending time with others improves our feel good chemicals in our bodies and it’s good mentally too.

In addiction, our world is as small as a one pound coin. We live to use and drink, from one moment to the next, only speaking to dealers, addicts, drinkers, Bub/bar staff, shop keepers and others who are only directly involved with feeding our addictions.

We weren’t born to be isolated creatures, we are social ones, so don’t hide yourself away. Try new experiences in your recovery! If you aren’t in recovery already but want to, today… now… is the perfect opportunity to try!


7 Benefits Of Sunshine

Scientifically, sunshine has a lot of benefits for our bodies. Here are seven great reasons to get outside and soak in the sun.

1. Improves Your Sleep

Your body creates a hormone called melatonin that is critical to helping you sleep. Because your body starts producing it when it’s dark, you usually start to feel sleepy two hours after the sun sets, which is one of the reasons our bodies naturally stay up later in the summer.

Research indicates that an hour of natural light in the morning will help you sleep better. Sunshine regulates your circadian rhythm by telling your body when to increase and decrease your melatonin levels. So, the more daylight exposure you can get, the better your body will produce melatonin when it’s time to go to sleep.

2. Reduces Stress

Melatonin also lowers stress reactivity and being outside will help your body naturally regulate melatonin, which can help reduce your stress level. Additionally, because you’re often doing something active when you’re outside (walking, playing, etc.), that extra exercise also helps to lower stress.

3. Maintains Strong Bones

One of the best (and easiest) ways to get vitamin D is by being outside. Our bodies produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight—about 15 minutes in the sun a day is adequate if you’re fair skinned. And since Vitamin D helps your body maintain calcium and prevents brittle, thin, or misshapen bones, soaking in sun may be just what the doctor ordered.

4. Helps Keep Weight Off

Getting outside for 30 minutes sometime between 8 a.m. and noon has been linked to weight loss. There, of course, could be other factors to this, but it seems there’s a connection between sunlight in the early morning and weight loss.

5. Strengthens Your Immune System

Vitamin D is also critical for your immune system, and with consistent exposure to sunlight, you can help strengthen it. A healthy immune system can help reduce the risk of illness, infections, some cancers, and mortality after surgery.

6. Helps Fight Off Depression & Other Mental Health Conditions

It’s not just in your head; there’s a scientific reason being in the sunshine improves your mood. Sunshine boosts your body’s level of serotonin, which is a chemical that improves your mood and helps you stay calm and focused. Increased exposure to natural light may help ease the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder–a change in mood that typically occurs in the autumn and winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight.

7. Can Help Extend Your Life

A study that followed 30,000 Swedish women revealed that those who spent more time in the sun lived six months to two years longer than those with less sun exposure. More research needs to be done in this area, but it’s something scientists are continuing to study.

Remember:

YOU ARE WORTH IT!…

YOU DESERVE IT!…


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