Increases Vitamin D Intake
Vitamin D plays an important role in how your body functions. Not only does it help you absorb calcium from your diet and boost your immune system, but it’s also been shown to improve symptoms of low mood disorders, like depression.
There is a wealth of encouraging research in recent years that suggests vitamin D can help to boost your mood and aid those suffering with depression.
But why is this relevant to spending time in nature? Well, did you know one of the best ways to introduce vitamin D into your body is through direct sunlight?
According to the NHS, from late March to late September, your body can produce the recommended amounts of vitamin D solely from sunlight. It does this by converting UVB light when you’re outside in the sunshine.
That’s why one of the common theories for if you experience depression with a seasonal pattern (commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD) in winter is due in part to a dip in your vitamin D levels.
Remember that if you’re experiencing mental health struggles, you are not alone.
Please contact your GP for personalised advice, or call Samaritans on 116 123. For urgent care, call 999 or go to your nearest A&E department for help.