Scientists have been studying the connection between anxiety and sunlight,
finding in many cases, that sunlight levels are linked to anxiety and
possibly panic disorder. While there have already been links found between
sunlight levels and depression, the inclusion of anxiety in research might
allow people to discover more strategies to reduce anxiety levels.
There are no definitive links so far, but researchers are still finding
a connection. When people’s serotonin levels drop, this is a major
factor in depression and seasonal affective disorder, which can happen
when individuals don’t get enough sunlight. However, while there’s
less of a connection between sunlight and anxiety, there
is still a connection.
According to studies, there doesn’t appear to be a direct cause-and-effect
relationship between sunlight levels and anxiety, people can and do experience
increased anxiety and panic in response to less sun exposure.
Sunlight offers a lot of benefits to the human body, including mental health
benefits. It increases serotonin production as well as Vitamin D levels.
Each of these plays a significant role in proper health and functioning,
including mental health.
However, there is a potential additional benefit to sunlight for people
who experience anxiety—it’s possible the sun reduces anxiety
because it influences how we live our lives. When the sun is out, we tend
to be more active, potentially spending more time in nature. These activities
boost well-being and reduce anxiety.
In order to reduce your anxiety, you might want to consider incorporating
some nature into your plans for a lower-stress, higher-quality life. Go
outside every hour or so to enjoy the sun. If you have the chance to go
on a short hike, do so. While research is still being done to shed light
on the connection between sunlight levels and anxiety, there is enough
evidence to show sunlight does give us some mental health advantages.
If you’re having problems with anxiety, talk to one of our
Chico mental health professionals.
Therapeutic Solutions can provide you or a loved one with professional and compassionate behavioral
health services. We have 20 years of combined experienced in helping people
cope with their mental health issues, and we are well-equipped to deliver
the comprehensive care and treatment you need. Let us see what we can
do for you in an appointment.
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