How to Use the Sun
These days we are told to avoid the sun as much as we possibly can. Those harmful UVA and B rays, according to experts, are going to be the cause of a whole host of problems. We’re told to stay inside, slather ourselves in sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing whenever we go out and do everything we can to keep the sun from touching us. What a bunch of hooey!
While it is true that you do want to take a few precautionary measures, like sunscreen, it’s also true that the sun is a tremendous source of healing and powerful energy. When “used” properly, it can be a fantastic resource for you and your family. So how do you take advantage of all that it has to offer?
Move your furniture around so that your chairs, tables, and sofas are as close to the windows of your home as possible. This allows you to use natural light while you read, write, do art projects, hang out, etc. The light from the sun will light your projects. The vitamin D is good for your body to absorb. This is especially important if you want to create healing spaces within your home. Sunlight has healing properties—physically and emotionally.
You probably already know about those “simulated sunlight” lamps that SAD sufferers use to help them get through the darker and colder winter months. People who go to tanning salons in the winter say that after their weekly fifteen minute session, they feel an immediate and powerful boost in their moods. While we wouldn’t advocate the use of a tanning bed, we are saying that getting out into natural light for at least a few minutes during the day is going to help you regulate your moods.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the literal ways that sunlight can power your life. Solar panels, chargers, etc can be fantastic editions to your home and lifestyle. You might also opt in to an energy plan that gets some of its power through solar sources. Canada residents, take note: http://www.albertaenergyproviders.com/alberta-electric-providers/Alberta/E/Edmonton is a great resource for finding a company that will help you get the energy you want from the source you like the best. US Residents: search through your state references to figure out which companies have the best solar power plans.
NOTE: line dry your clothes in the sun. They’ll dry more quickly, shrink less, feel better on your skin, and smell way better than they would if you simply tossed them into the dryer.
Exposure to sunlight is what induces your body to produce Vitamin D. Medical research has proven that low Vitamin D levels have a direct relationship to the health of a person’s skeletal structure. Getting some sun helps you have healthy bones!
Obviously it is important to practice moderation. Too much of anything—even sunlight—can be harmful. So go outside for a little bit everyday but don’t overdo it! And make sure that you do take steps to keep the harmful rays from damaging your skin and body.
About the Author
Sara Stringer is freelance writer who enjoys writing about natural health alternatives. In her spare time, she enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle through swimming and practicing yoga.