SUNBATHING IN FEBRUARY!
So, Its February 15. I am sitting outside my house… sunbathing!? HUH!? Weeeeeeird weather!!
I even had the windows open in my car today driving to the store. I was sweating. Sweating in February.
Is this a definite sign of Global Warming? Global weirdness. Who knows?
I’m not complaining, at all. I love sunshine. I love feeling sun beating down on me and my face. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve always loved sun.
This sun in Tennessee feels like a different sort of sun than when I lived in Vegas or Tahoe or South Africa or other places. I’ve experienced sunshine in so many places, but still…it’s the same healing vibe.
Feeling the suns rays seep into me and my brain always gives me a vibe that ‘All is well’.
Today as I sit here outside with my iced tea, my new books I got from the library and my journal I feel a sense of peace..even in the midst of all the craZy insane world news.
I wonder why that is? I decided to research this.
According to Mirror magazine 2006 :
7 REASONS why the sun is good for you and its importance
Most of us start smiling when the summer comes and it’s no surprise — a little sunshine every day has great advantages and also help to prevent serious illnesses.
1. It cheers you up
SUNSHINE boosts levels of serotonin — the body’s natural happy hormone. That’s why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines. Regular sun can stave off moderate depression…
2. Reduces heart disease
A STUDY in the British Medical Journal showed that people in the UK are more likely to die of heart disease in winter than in summer, which is believed to be because of low levels of vitamin D.
3. Boosts your immune system
SUNLIGHT encourages the production of white blood cells, which help to boost your immune system and fight infection.
4. Gives you more energy
MELATONIN also regulates sleep, so having lower levels of this hormone in your body gives you more get up and go. This is why you need less sleep in summer but still feel livelier. Plus, being woken by natural light rather than an alarm clock helps you feel more positive.
5. Relieves aches and pains
BEING OUT in the sun helps to warm the body’s muscles and eases stiffness, reducing the pain caused by inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
6. Reduces risk of cancers
ALTHOUGH over exposure to the sun increases your risk of skin cancer, vitamin D provided by sunlight can actually help to significantly reduce your risk of other types of cancer.
7. Beats SAD
SEASONAL Affective Disorder (SAD) — or the winter blues — is a depression specifically caused by lack of sunlight. Lightboxes can be used to treat it, although increased exposure to natural sunlight is more beneficial. Get out for an hour’s walk in the morning during autumn and winter months, and sit outside for 15 minutes a day in summer.
“It is essential for absorbing calcium, keeping our bones healthy, and for protecting against serious chronic diseases later in life such as osteoporosis, Type II diabetes, multiple sclerosis and many common cancers.” Experts say that:
We should go out in the sun without sunblock for between five and 15 minutes a day, at least three times a week in spring and summer, to boost our vitamin D levels.
Oh, I also brought two of my five cats to sit outside with me today. (I have them in their carrying cases.)LOL They also GROOOOVE on sunshine, like their momma! I might’ve been a cat in another life?
I positioned their cases so that their faces are directly in the sunlight. Of course they are Divas.
I know in other parts of the country the weather today is crazy cold, major blizzards going on —so ill take my little slice of heavenly sunshine today. I’m grateful for it.
Now WHERE DID I PUT MY SUNTAN LOTION??