Sunshine for My Soul

From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of hte LORD is to be praised!

Psalms 113:3

Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain.  Sunlight increases serotonin to boost your mood and darkness triggers melatonin to help you sleep.  Anxiety-related disorders and panic attacks have been linked with changing seasons and reduced sunlight.

Getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face two to three times a week without sunscreen is enough to enjoy the vitamin D-boosting benefits of sun.  Vitamin D plays a big role in bone health in both children and adults.



A moderate amount of sunlight has preventive benefits when it comes to certain cancers, but excess sunlight can contribute to skin cancers.  Sun exposure may also help treat several skin conditions like acne and eczema.

There is no exact measurement for how long you should stay in the sunlight, but if you're going to be outside for more than 15 minutes, it's a good idea to protect your skin by wearing a protective hat and shirt or applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.  This is especially true when the sun's rays ar e more direct--usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.