A little bit of sunshine

Sometimes, a little vitamin D is all you need.

One of the biggest perks of living in Florida is that it lives up to it’s nickname of the Sunshine State — the sun is almost always shining. It means that poor pale indoor creatures like me don’t dare venture out of doors without a healthy layer of sunscreen, but it’s still amazing.

It also means that if I want to get some sun, all I have to do is walk out my front door and lay in the grass. Or at least, that was the case. For now… my yard is full of bugs.

The Red-Shoulder Bug

They’re not poisonous. They don’t bite. But they’re EVERYWHERE. I’ve got wild cherry and golden rain trees in my yard, and they are feasting on the seeds that drop from these trees.

It just means that if I want to lay in the yard and soak up the sun, I have about 20 minutes until I’ve got those little bastards crawling all over me.

In spite of these little six legged invaders (who are seemingly impervious to all bug spray so I just have to wait for them to die off), I try to get outside for at least a few minutes every day, so I can soak up some sun.

All sorts of studies have found that a lack of Vitamin D has a negative impact on mental health — it’s also possibly connected to the seasonal depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder that impacts people who live in northern climates.

I don’t know if this has been studied or not, but my personal experience, not getting a bit of sun every day makes the low swings of my bipolar disorder worse. I find it hard to focus and even harder to just get out of bed in the morning.

A little bit of sun deprivation is inevitable — I write for a living, I’m on my computer for a good portion of every single day and that keeps me indoors. But a little bit of sunshine does wonders for my mood and my mental state.

If you’re feeling down today, I challenge you to put down your phone, walk away from your computer, and get some sun.

It might not be a cure all or anything, but it makes me feel better. Maybe it’ll help you too. Hopefully you have fewer bugs than me though!

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