Spending 10-15 minutes outdoors can help improve mental health

PEORIA (25 NEWS) – In the winter, dealing with the cold and lack of sun can negatively affect your mental health. Generally in winter we have shorter and cloudier days compared to summer.

Lack of sunlight can lead to vitamin D deficiencies, which can impact your mental health. Getting outdoors for just 10-15 minutes is enough to provide you with enough vitamin D to help improve your mood and mental health.

Dr Luke Dalfiume, clinical psychologist at Christian Psychological, said: ‘As you go further south, closer to the equator where you have more sunshine throughout the year, more exposure, the effective rates seasonal decrease. The effective seasonal clutter increases as you move north.

On days like Wednesday when it’s mostly sunny and highs are in the 40s, more people are likely to get out, run errands, and do things they love. Beijing resident Candy Heady said, “Oh, that’s much better. The sun is shining, it’s a little warmer, it feels more like spring. You are able to get out and move around.

Even when it’s cloudy you can enjoy the sun’s rays and get vitamin D, you may need to spend more time outdoors. You can also try light therapy, see a psychologist, or take a vitamin D supplement, but some say they prefer sunlight to over-the-counter solutions.

Maddison Barnard, another resident of Beijing, added: “I used to [take Vitamin D supplements]and I just found out that literally 5-10 minutes outside is better than trying to remember to take something every day.

At the end of February, we will gain just over 45 minutes of daylight. Spring is just under 40 days away, and so is warmer weather!

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