Sunlight toxic stress

Sun-Kissed Sundays: How Direct Sunlight Can Crush Toxic Stress

As someone who often finds myself tangled in the webs of weekly stress, I've come to cherish a new favourite routine... one that is backed by science. According to the brilliant Dr. Andrew Huberman from Stanford, "Morning sunlight exposure is crucial for aligning our circadian rhythms and optimising mental well-being." In other words, a simple few minutes outside in morning sunlight is a secret weapon against toxic stress.

How does it work?  According to Dr Huberman the sunlight triggers a cascade of benefits in your body. It stimulates the production of serotonin, the feel-good hormone that lifts your mood and keeps anxiety at bay. Plus, it helps regulate your circadian rhythm, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep, which is crucial for stress management.

One of my favourite ways to incorporate this routine is to start my Sunday with a leisurely walk in the park. It’s a habit inspired by none other than celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight, who once mentioned in an interview, “There’s nothing quite like a morning stroll to clear the mind and reset the soul.” And he's absolutely right. Walking in the sun not only gives me a physical boost but also clears my mental cobwebs.

But let’s not stop at the park walk. Sunlight has this almost magical ability to make  most activities feel a little more special. Have you ever tried yoga outdoors? Trust me, there’s something incredibly grounding about doing a tree pose while actually standing under a tree. Plus, the sunlight helps increase vitamin D levels, which is another mood booster. Dr. Huberman points out that even brief exposure to morning light can make a significant difference in how you feel throughout the day.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But what about skin damage?” Fair point. The key is moderation and protection. Wear a hat, slap on some sunscreen, and you’re good to go. Think of it as balancing pleasure and precaution. Plus, the benefits of reduced stress and improved mood are well worth the effort.

Incorporating sunlight into your routine doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be as simple as having breakfast on your balcony or reading a book by the window. I’ve even taken to doing my weekly journaling outside, with the sun as my brainstorming buddy. It makes the process feel even more like a treat.

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