1 Thing You Can Do Today

Get some sunshine

During rainy or overcast days you might notice how a lack of sunshine can affect how you feel. Here’s why getting outside and soaking up some sun will benefit your health.

Builds strong bones and immune system.

When the sun’s UVB rays hit your skin, they trigger the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium to support healthy bones, may reduce inflammation, and is important for a healthy immune system.

Sun exposure times will vary depending on season and location – depending on the time of year and your location, you will need more or less time in the sun to produce adequate vitamin D.


Promotes better mood.

Exposure to sunlight is believed to increase your brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin, associated with better mood and feeling calm. Without enough sunlight your serotonin levels can dip, and researchers have found lower levels in people during winter, when there are less hours of daylight. This may explain the prevalence of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in some parts of the world.



The UV rays from the sun increase the risk of skin cancer, including the most deadly type, melanoma. That is why we must get the balance right between too much and not enough sunlight. Check the UV level before you head outside. If it is three or above, go out when it is not so intense, or use sun protection measures. There are plenty of apps that will let you know what the UV level is at your location, or you can try your local weather bureau.