We like to say that we're basically complicated houseplants.
Obviously, it's a simplification of the human experience, but there are some fundamental similarities: we need lots of fresh air, hydration, and...sunlight.
These days, it's easy to miss out on the daylight. Whether it's because you're in a season of more darkness (not like Game of Thrones, more like winter) or due to the fact that you're working at home (and might be tucked away in a corner), sunlight has been hard to find lately.
However, now more than ever it's essential to get access to Vitamin D. We looked into the correlation between mood and productivity and how closely it ties into light exposure.
According to Healthline , "Sunlight cues special areas in the retina, which triggers the release of serotonin. So, you’re more likely to experience this type of depression in the winter time, when the days are shorter."
Not only does sunlight cause your body to release serotonin, which triggers feelings of happiness, but it also causes your body to release, "nitric oxide into your blood. This compound brings down blood pressure and improves heart health." ( TriCityMed
) Talk about a work of heart!
Want your team to feel well rested? According to LiveWell
, "Sunlight exposure impacts how much melatonin your brain produces, which is what tells your brain when it is time to sleep. When it gets dark, you start producing melatonin so you are ready to sleep in about two hours."
Last but not least, we know that productivity has been a highly-discussed topic since the beginning of the pandemic. As our normal routines of office-life have been interrupted, it's easy to question how effective everyone is while working from home.
Interestingly, " Research published by Eco Business showed that workplaces with sufficient daylight saw an uplift of between 5 and 40% in productivity and sales." ( Us&Co ) . Not only that, but, "people exposed to direct and indirect sunlight reported higher job satisfaction and organizational commitment." ( Prialto )
As with most things in this life, moderation is key when it comes to sunlight. We've all been burned - no pun intended - by too much sun exposure. While it ultimately depends on a variety of factors, including your age, location, and skin type, typically a limit of 30 minutes outdoors is recommended. And, of course, always wear sunscreen.
So, follow those rays, crack your windows, and gather a little sunshine to power yourself through the day.
Looking to source your own sunshine? We've got some ideas.
1. Send a nice note to your friend/mom/coworker.
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2. Get yourself a sun lamp!
3. Take your lunch break outside! Too cold? Sit near a window so you can still absorb that Vitamin D.