Sun in a Jar

Over the last few days it has felt like winter in Cardiff – cold, windy, threatening rain and very grey. The odd burst of sun has peeped out from behind the clouds to provide some reprieve – only to disappear as quickly as it came!

Everyone seems more hurried, windswept and irritable; a stark contrast to the recent hazy laid back vibe of the sunny bank holiday.

‘When the sun is shining, people tend to feel happier and more energetic. Conversely, when it is dark and gloomy, people tend to lack energy and feel less sociable.’ (www.nhs.uk)

On a physical level our bodies need exposure to sunlight for vitamin D production. We also know that not getting enough exposure to sunlight can affect our mental health. For example Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern and is thought to be linked to reduced exposure to…

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