Thanks for joining me for another virtual coffee conversation.
I’ve been thinking about the weather recently.
People in eastern states are shoveling driveways while we’re experiencing temperatures in the 80s. Even with all the sunshine we get, though, lots of people I know have been told by doctors that they are low on vitamin D. I don’t spend as much time outside as I would like, but with our early warmer weather, why don’t I? How about you? Do you wish you had more time to enjoy sunshine?
Aside from it feeling nice to spend time outside, and the evidence that time in the sun supports mood and mental health, I’ve been reading lately that the medical community is studying the link between vitamin D deficiency and severe COVID-19 cases. Avoiding a bad case of the Rona is another good reason to get some light tanning in (10-30 minute sessions a few times per week was recommended in an article I read from Healthline).
The hard truth is all day long we are making decisions that reveal our priorities. If getting outside isn’t a top priority, it’s not going to happen.
If we’re being honest, we typically spend a lot more time in a week scrolling through social media or seeking out more caffeine than the 10-30 minutes we could use soaking up some rays. Don’t get me wrong; I love coffee (as evidenced by my current virtual coffee break series). But when that midday slump hits, I don’t try to combat my tiredness with a quick walk as often as I should. But with this nicer weather, I want to!
It’s time to carpe diem (seize the day) while the sun is out.
This may be the cheapest and easiest way we can invest in our mental and physical health. Just go outside!