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More and more, researchers are understanding the affect of the sun on our physical, emotional and mental health.

It’s the best and most natural form of vitamin D and, if we get too little of it, we are at risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But, a new study reveals that sunshine matters more than we thought and even those of us who don’t get SAD, suffer when we don’t get our time in the sun.

Increases in sun time were associated with decreased mental health distress. Similarly, increased mental health distress was found during periods of reduced sun time hours.

Interestingly, while conditions like pollution also impacted people, time in the sun seemed to mediate the effect.

– Sarah Berry

Read more: The sun matters more for mental health than we think