Updated: Aug 27, 2021
How often have you found yourself catching a glimpse of sunshine and felt ten times better? Do you work indoors, step out at noon and walk to a local cafe for lunch? Perhaps this restaurant has outdoor seating that allows you to soak up some sun. I encourage clients to enjoy a daily dose of sunshine. Basking in the sunshine for just 10 to 15 minutes a day can have a positive effect on the mind, body and soul. Sunshine is a natural mood booster and tends to raise our energy level. The warm light feels good on our skin and relaxes, yet energizes us. Even when we may be feeling under the weather with a seasonal cold, some time in the sunlight can help to strengthen the immune system by providing a germ-acidic effect to kill off bacteria.
I often find complete contentment just sitting in the sun. Contentment is the emotional state when we are not bored but also not highly interested in anything other than being in the situation or place that allows for the contented moment to continue. While goals are important, feeling content with your life, who you are and what you have is just as important. That isn't to say, stop trying to improve, for that would mean that we have stopped growing. No matter how happy we are in life, we should continue to improve. But pure contentment is necessary as well.
Summer time can offer the perfect time to unwind and appreciate all you've worked for and achieved so far this year. Making sunshine a daily priority this time of year isn't too difficult on most days. Soaking up our natural mood booster can be a simple abundance of pleasure nearly every day. And just a few minutes is necessary for the highly beneficial effects.
To find some sun-induced contentment try the following:
Bathing in the sun on the beach and feeling the warm light on your skin, lounging with your eyes closed, is an activity that offers pure emotional contentment.
Watching the sunset and feeling the cool night ocean breeze is one of life's most simple pleasures that offers rich contentment.
Taking a drive up the coast and listening to your favorite music or enjoying quality conversation with a companion.
Walking through the Farmers Market on a Sunday afternoon allows you to feel the warmth of the sun while enjoying the scent of fresh cut flowers, tasting fresh strawberries and looking at the colorful produce.
Writing in a park while enjoying the sunlight streaming through the trees can provide a peaceful state of mind. Write down all your blessings. Focusing on all the things that are going right in your life and not only on what is wrong, can help you feel content.
Enjoying a hobby outdoors whether it is gardening or home improvement projects, anything that allows you to be in the moment while in the sunlight can provide contentment.
While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Be sun wise and take precaution if you plan to spend time in the sun longer than 10 or 15 minutes. How do you find contented moments in the sun?
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