Brighten your winter with Vitamin D


No, this is not an article about a new medicine with Vitamin D, it is about sunlight!

If you have kids, or if you are like me, you certainly know the animation: Frozen.

Olaf is a very special character in this movie.  Olaf is a snowman.  Tiny, but a lot of fun.  He says the wrong things at the right time and certainly brings life and laughter to the movie.

When Olaf is told that they are looking for his maker (Queen Elsa) he falls in love with the idea of bringing back summer.  He says: “Oh, I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot…” and he is quite serious about this and this snowman goes ahead singing a summer song.  (Watch him sing it, it really brightens your day.)

Well it turns out, our brains feels like Olaf about summer.  A study has shown that emotions of depression, and loneliness are in some cases connected to the lack of sunlight.  Noticed that you work slower during winter, feels more down and irritated, and give in to stress easier?  Well, it turns out, that it’s because we hide away in our air-conditioned homes.  We barely feel sunlight.

So try this simple tip to re-activate the cells in your brain and get a surge of inspiration.

THIS SHOULD BE REPEATED ONCE DAILY (OR MORE)

1. Step outside into the fresh air.

2. Take a deep breath and relax your shoulders.

3. Now turn towards the sun and close your eyes.

4. Allow the sunlight to fall directly onto your face and stand/sit like that for at least 5 – 10 minutes.

5. Repeat daily.

Once you have done these simple steps, you are allowing your skin to drink up all the Vitamin D available from the sun. Sunlight activates serotonin (that is the big word for “happy hormone”) which in turns makes you feel more creative, energetic and inspired!

Enjoy the sun even if winter is upon us.

Love

Ilana♥

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