As you are creating your New Year's resolutions list this year, make sure to include "Get your daily dose of apricity!"
Apricity is an old English word meaning the sun's warmth in winter. I enjoy basking in the apricity as I walk through the woods because it makes me feel happy in that moment, but did you know that a daily dose of sunlight is important for your health all year long?
Sunlight stimulates your body to produce a chemical called cholecalciferol, which is eventually transformed into Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body maintain higher levels of serotonin during the winter, preventing or reducing seasonal depression.
Some scientists believe the level of serotonin produced in the winter months is linked to the amount of sunlight exposure in summer months. Now, we all know that too much direct sunlight can have harmful effects to the human body, so 15-20 minutes of morning sunlight each day is all that is recommended. Imagine that! A little bit of sunlight each day in the summer may be all it takes to keep you happier all winter long!
Sunlight can also reduce swelling and high blood pressure and increase brain function and help you get a better night's sleep!
In the winter, the sun is at a lower angle in the sky and many of the rays are reflected back into outerspace, so the sun's rays are less direct. It is still best absorbed in small doses, but when you get the chance, show a little skin and appeciate the apricity!