Summer traditionally means that the sun is meant to stay in the day for the longest amount of time than at any other point during the year. It may not always be the case, but it’s good to be positive and hope for the best. There is a lot that can be taken from this bright star that keeps us going, and there is so much that we can utilise it for – apart from the traditional gardening whilst the weather’s warm. So what are we missing out on?
More and more people are investing in solar panels to help give them the energy that they need to fuel their home. Obviously, the hotter the climate where you live, the more of the sun’s energy you will be able to convert for personal use. It’s not just entirely economical, but it in some cases it can give you money as well; any energy that you have stored and not used can be sold back to energy companies for a profit.
We all know that we get our Vitamin D from the sun, and that helps us with a variety of things from our immune system to the strength of our bones. But what else is it doing for our health? Well, quite a lot, actually. It can help lower your blood pressure, can reduce the effects of some skin disorders such as psoriasis, acne and eczema, and will even help you to concentrate better; there were studies done on those who had a lower amount of Vitamin D in their system and were compared with those who did and their intelligence in regards to simple problem-solving activities. Those who had been in the sun for a bit longer came out on top!
Not only do we have to attribute the sun’s benefits to our physical health, but we can use it to aid our mental health too. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is due to the lack of sunlight in our lives making us feel unmotivated, tired and less able to cope with the day as we would usually. The presence of the sun helps to aid this, as well as helping to combat mild depression. There is a lot that can be said for weather influencing us, but we don’t necessarily realise how much good it can do us for the better. Step outside when it’s sunny and see for yourself how much your mood changes.
Why go for bleaches and harsh chemicals when the sun can do the job for you? It’s completely free, won’t be harming the environment and gets you outside for a bit whilst doing it. Setting out clothes and items that have started to grow mould on them can see the marks disappear in just a few hours if the sun is high enough and can bleach it all away naturally. Take care not to leave things of importance or worth out in the sun just in case it goes wrong – it’s best off leaving that stuff to a professional to do!