“I EMBRACE THE SUN”
Well, although we seem surprised in the UK to yet again have been awash with rain, this affirmation is actually going to post while I’m on holiday! And unless something drastic happens in the world, I’m pretty much guaranteed some of that bright yellow gleaming orb in the sky during daylight. Days and days of sunshine, of warmth and no doubt many ice creams, cool drinks (which will no doubt include some cocktails thank you very much) and for those around the world who are enjoying summer and/or sun at home, perhaps some barbecues on the go!
Oh how we have longed for the sunlight… to be able to shed those thick bulky clothes, to stop carrying our umbrellas for fear of an unexpected downpour (actually I have been doing that for the past week)… to be able to leave our windows open and let fresh air in… to have the kids play in the garden… to use the paddling pools, the slides, the trampolines… to wander around our parks and rivers… to get out in nature and sit on green grass… and of course let’s not forget that it’s strawberry season (although yours truly isn’t reaping the full bumper harvest since the chickens have discovered they actually like fresh grown plump red strawberries… cue the theme tune from The Great Escape!).
Of course we all know that we should be careful in the sun and especially when it’s so hot… dehydration, sunburn, blisters, heat rash, insect bites & stings… are all things that can blight us if we’re not prepared or can’t be bothered… “gleaming” would be one description that could result… screaming another! And yes, the sun can be villified when things do go wrong. So let’s look on the bright side… (yes, I’m sure some of you are now humming away to Eric Idle’s voice in your head)… the sun helps our bodies create Vitamin D… and I also heard that we only need 20 minutes in the sun, without sunscreen (sunscreen will stop Vitamin D being made)… here are some benefits I found via Google:
Strengthens your immune system-critical to stay healthy and reduce likelihood of serious diseases such as cancer
Moderate sun tanning 100% safely
Up to 30,000 Lux – Most effective treatment against SAD in the UK
Energises by conditioning pineal glands
Aids detoxification of heavy metals
Stimulates blood circulation
Sooths joint and muscle pains and aches
Relief from fibromyalgia and arthritis
Helps to lower blood pressure
Promotes healing of various skin conditions
Stimulates Vitamin D production
Deeply relaxing and warming
And of course let’s not forget some more important things… it makes us SMILE, it LIFTS our hearts and emotions… helps us feel JOY, RELAXES us… what beautiful gifts indeed.
Yet when temperatures do rise here, all you then hear and see are groans, gasps and whinges about how it’s too hot, too sticky, too humid… how people wish it were cooler, less bright and that their appetites have gone. Sometimes, I swear, we humans really don’t grasp when we have it fantastically good!
So let’s appreciate what we have, get outside and enjoy everything we can about the Sun. After all, we’ll all be shivering in our coats come Winter!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥
© 2012 Michelle Payne