Summer is a season of warmth, longer days, and opportunities to spend more time outdoors. Apart from the obvious benefits like more time for relaxation and fun activities, summer brings along some significant mental health benefits. One primary reason for this is the increased exposure to sunlight, which boosts the production of a hormone called serotonin in our bodies. This hormone, often known as the 'feel-good' hormone, has a powerful effect on our mood.
The Serotonin Connection
Serotonin acts as a natural mood stabilizer. It helps reduce depression, anxiety, and regulates mood. When we're exposed to sunlight, our skin absorbs UV rays, which promotes the production of vitamin D. This vitamin plays a role in serotonin production.
Mental Health Benefits of Summer
Making the Most of Summer
To maximize the mental health benefits of summer, aim to spend at least 30 minutes outside each day. Choose activities you enjoy to boost your mood and lower stress levels. However, while summer brings several mental health benefits, remember the importance of sun safety – always use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and stay hydrated.
While summer can provide a natural mood boost, it's essential to remember that it's okay to have bad days and not feel happy all the time. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, it's important to reach out to a mental health professional at FLEX Psychology
The information provided on the Think FLEXibly Blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as therapeutic advice.