MENTAL HEALTH PORN: [SUN]

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SUN!

It got through 6 psychiatrists before one mentioned to me how the Sun may be good for my head.

Only recently however, have I been able to truly appreciate this. I grew up preferring the winter months and as my skin tone is practically translucent I have always been weary of visiting hot countries. There was also a period when I was on Lithium treatment and dehydration and too much heat could have caused the medication to go toxic in my blood. (Funny how they don’t think twice about prescribing it).

However, this summer I have had the opportunity to spend time away in Ibiza for work. And oh my has it made a difference.

Last Wednesday I was in a pretty shit mood. I was in muggy London, I knew I was heading to the airport but the 4 days of grey skies and rain had taken it’s toll. I could physically feel myself dragging along the floor and my mood was falling. It was like someone was pushing their fingers into my scalp and they hadn’t stopped for the duration of the poor weather.

When the dawn of Thursday came it must have taken me all of 5 minutes to relax. A night in the heat had soothed my muscles and the sun was glaring through the window, uncontrollably spreading a smile across my face. (I am no longer on Lithium so I don’t have to worry about my blood killing me from the inside out).

The Sun is most definitely a huge influencing factor on my moods. I believe because it makes me feel energetic. My friend Gordon Maxwell shared a quote with me that he’d heard through the grapevine and it seems to make a lot of sense in this instance. “Vitality is the opposite of depression”, which basically says depression means you feel weak and have no energy to do anything. I can strongly relate to this. It has been my experience that during bouts of depression I have absolutely zero energy and I feel so useless that I find even if I did think of something useful to do I wouldn’t be able to do it so I may as well just die. (This is not a dramatisation).

The sun however, gives me lots of vitality. Which in turn can have it’s frustrations as I have to find somewhere to put it, but it is definitely a positive effect. Including raising my sex drive and feeling ready to do the day and deal with whatever comes with it.

Having this much strong energy truly makes me forget that any illness even existed and has helped me to understand the importance of the Sun.

Understandably being based in the UK makes things difficult, but SAD lights have proven to have some positive effect on me and so have sun beds actually. I will now be prioritising time away to sunny places into my calendar whenever finances allow for this as it really can change my whole outlook on life.

Furthermore, in these sunny places the general public seem happier too and smiling in the street is most definitely a thing. Something which seems to have disappeared in London almost completely.

So if you’re feeling glum get into the sun – or the closest artificial option ;P

It works for me so perhaps it’ll work for you!

Written and recommended by Ted Rogers “Artpornblog”

xXx

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