It’s no secret that sunshine and fresh air have mood-boosting benefits. A brisk walk on a sunny day can do more good than a strong cup of coffee. When you’re in the business of replacement windows – adding more sunlight might just come standard.
If you struggle to get enough sunlight exposure to feel happy and healthy, due to your environment, there are some simple solutions. If your work keeps you indoors most of the day or you live in an area that doesn’t get much sun, here are a few ways how to catch more rays.
Let the light in
Lori Edelson, Birmingham Maple Clinic owner, director and therapist tells us that letting natural daylight stream through windows in your home can actually provide health benefits. “Keep the curtains and shades open during the day,” she said. “Try not to obstruct windows with furniture and use a light color for window trim. This will all increase the amount of light you allow into your home. This light, as well as direct sunlight, will also help improve vitamin D levels, which we all need for continued good health.”
Renovating your home? Design with the light in mind. If your home is short on natural sunlight, you might consider adding more windows or replacing small windows with larger ones. Consider replacing a doorwall, or ask us about the difference between bay and bow windows and casement windows.
Experts at Wallside Windows build and install high-quality replacement vinyl windows. We’ve been doing so since 1944 and understand the benefits of letting in sunlight – and how new windows can contribute to it. Some homeowners might look into daylighting, a technique that focuses on maximizing the amount of natural light in a home while minimizing energy costs.
Take a walk
It can be challenging to get adequate sunlight exposure if you work indoors. But experts like Edelson say just 5 to 15 minutes a few times a week is all you need to get enough sunlight for your body to produce the right amount of Vitamin D, and to stimulate hormones in the brain like serotonin, to regulate mood and energy levels.
If you take a lunch break, pick a restaurant with a patio or bring your bag lunch to the park. No lunch break? No problem. Instead of meeting in a stuffy conference room, invite your colleagues to discuss your projects while taking a stroll outside.
Find a sunny spot
If you spend most of your day indoors, try to situate yourself near a window. Just looking at sunlight is enough to trigger your body to release serotonin, the chemical responsible for making you feel happy, calm and focused.
Edelson suggests sitting in the sun for approximately 10 minutes at a time - or using a light machine that is made to help those with depression. “Keep window coverings open when you are in your home,” she said.
How do you get enough sunshine into your day?
Those interested in replacing or upgrading old windows can contact us with any questions or a free estimate! Visit Wallside Windows online for more information, or call us at 1-800-521-7800 to set up an appointment.