Sunlight Exposure In The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change
Posted Apr 25 2011 9:42am
Sunlight Exposure In The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change by: Phil Holleman
Step four in the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change is sunlight exposure. This is something I never really thought about when I was in my deepest depression. Getting sunlight! What the Hell is that going to do for me?
A deeper link exists between light exposure and depression–one involving the body’s internal clock. The brain gauges the amount of light you get each day, and it uses that information to reset your body clock. Without light exposure, the body clock eventually gets out of sync, and when that happens, it throws off important circadian rhythms that regulate energy, sleep , appetite, and hormone levels. The disruption of these important biological rhythms can, in turn, trigger clinical depression.
Because natural sunlight is so much brighter than indoor lighting–over a hundred times brighter, on average–a half hour of sunlight is enough to reset your body clock. Even the natural light of a gray, cloudy day is several times brighter than the inside of most people’s houses, and a few hours of exposure provide just enough light to keep circadian rhythms well regulated.
That is so interesting to me. I lived in South Florida during my depression. So, there is a ton of sunlight. But, where did I spend almost all of my time? In a cubicle in a stupid office. At least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. What's even more interesting is that I had co-workers who asked me to take walks with them in the afternoon. Had I known that the sunlight was good for me, I would have gone. Of course, not everyone lives where it's sunny all of the time, like in South Florida. There is help! Dr. Ilardi suggests using light therapy to assist with the amount of light that is good in getting rid of depression. I'm not going to go into all of the details about light therapy. Just know that it is a really good idea to get sunlight on a regular basis.The next step in the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change is Social Support. See you next time!Yours in good health,
Phil Holleman spent 10 years struggling with major depression. After realizing he had the knowledge and strength to rise above the illness and stigma associated with it, he created ABoldNewLife.com to help others who are recovering or desperately want to recover from depression. He hopes you will join him on the journey and use your inner strength to free yourself from the bondage.