Saturday, October 4, 2014

How to Stay Healthy as a Housewife

If you want to stay healthy as a housewife, take a 30-minute walk in the daylight every day possible. You already know the cardiovascular benefits, but there is another very helpful benefit:

Exposure to sunshine helps ward off mental illness. 

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
 --Charlotte Whitton

  • Vitamin D from the sun, especially between early May and early October helps keep the brain healthy and ward off a host of mental conditions, such as depression (what people call the permanent cloud over their head), seasonal depression (SAD), bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia. The sunshine can also help prevent these conditions from worsening if a person already has them. Getting enough sun between May and October gives you enough Vitamin D to last throughout the colder Fall and Winter -- when we start to naturally "hibernate" indoors from the cold. Unless you, as a housewife, tend to sit outside or garden under the sun regularly, you might be quite deficient in Vitamin D too.
  • The ways of modern life, such as working at indoor jobs, wearing sun screen when outside even briefly, and an increased plethora of indoor leisure activities (video games and internet) means that many people are not getting enough sun at all. Couple this with the U.S. being a car-oriented rather than walking or biking-oriented society, and this lack of sun becomes highly apparent. Anti-depressant medications are a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S. This is not surprising.
  • Human beings -- like flowers, trees, and many animals -- need sunlight to thrive. If you have a cat, you will notice that he or she likes to curl up at a bright window on a sunny day. They are getting their Vitamin D. Cats get this vitamin when they lick their fur that has been exposed to the sun. Animals instinctively know that they need the sun and how to get it. So should we.
  • I was told most of my life, being pale-skinned and having red hair, to watch for sunburn. Well, I would regret being in the sun if I were uncomfortably exposed to strong rays while laying in it for hours unprotected. But most of us do not live our lives on beaches, so that is usually not a concern. The great thing is, if you have pale skin, you can get all the Vitamin D you need by being out in the sun for about 10 to 15 minutes a day during the warmer months. It does not have to be bright, searing sun. Your skin will tell you if you have to move to a slightly shadier spot because it is too uncomfortable. If you have brown skin, you will need a lot more exposure to get the Vitamin D you need, 30 minutes perhaps. If you are olive-skinned, you will need something in-between.

While I am not a doctor and you should see one if you have a medical condition, sunshine has been known throughout all of our history on this planet as being a giver of life. Think of how you feel when clouds part after a rainy day to show the sun coming through. Often you will note your mood instantly brightens. Your mind and your body will thank you for getting your proper dose of sun, And as a housewife, you will know you can go indoors again to get your cleaning, crafting, and homemaking done again with a clear, happy head.

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