Saturday, April 10, 2010
Fight Depression with Sunshine
We get vitamin D from sunlight and you should try to spend as much time as possible outdoors this spring and summer to fight depression. Vitamin D deficiency is why people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) get depressed during the winter. When we’re depressed we tend to stay inside and isolate ourselves when we should be doing the opposite.
In civilized countries (like in the Caribbean) people don’t work from 12pm-2. Its called a siesta and people use this time to go outside, take a nap, or stay inside and have sex. No wonder they’re so happy and we’re so depressed. I want to live in the Dominican Republic during the winter sooo bad.
“The man” likes to scare you with skin cancer talk, but that’s just his way of keeping us depressed and obedient here in North America. I’m not saying you should spend every day naked at the beach without sunscreen, but a little sunshine every day is good for you.
Ideally, you want to have a siesta, but if your schedule doesn’t allow it, then try to get outside for lunch or even after work. Personally, I like to wake up and go play some baseball for an hour.
Go here for the rest of this article and ideas on how you can get outside more: