Tip 29 – Extract from “50 Tips to Beat Depression” available on Amazon.
It is not just Morecombe and Wise who extol the benefits of sunshine. Boosting the supply of vitamin D in the body serves to maintain optimum levels of serotonin to assist the activity of cells throughout the body, regulating mood, sleep and our ability to process information. In the summer months go out for a few minutes every day, soak up the sun and ensure supplies of vitamin D are topped up. Meet friends for a picnic, take a stroll before nightfall and watch the sunset. In the winter, consider hiring or purchasing a light box, (see tip 40), as serotonin levels change with the seasons and are at their lowest in the winter months.
Until next time.
With best wishes, Steve.
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Steve Clifford, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist