Soaking up some sun may help improve your mental and emotional well-being, a new study has claimed.
The study by researchers at Brigham Young University in the US found when it comes to mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most.
"When it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most. This applies to the clinical population at large, not just those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder,” said Mark Beecher, Professor at the Brigham Young University, US.
The study analysed many meteorological variables such as wind chill, rainfall, solar irradiance, wind speed, temperature and more. The weather data could be analysed down to the minute in the exact area where the clients lived.
In the study, researchers found that soaking up in Sun stabilizes the level of emotional distress. Study authors conducted clinical trials on the patients suffering from the Seasonal Affective Disorder and were astonished to find that people who spent time under Sun showed significant improvement and their stress level was under control.
"On a rainy day or a more polluted day, people assume that they'd have more distress. But we didn't see that. We looked at solar irradiance, or the amount of sunlight that actually hits the ground. We tried to take into account cloudy days, rainy days, pollution but they washed out," Beecher added.
The study is in preliminary stages and more clinical trials are required to confirm the find. Apparently, sunbath is the most feasible and cheapest source to fight stress.
The study appeared in the Journal of Affective Disorders.