Remember the John Denver song titled, "Sunshine on my Shoulders" [makes me happy]? I was thinking of the lyrics today and realizing that it's still true for me -- I love feeling the sun on my skin, baking in the healing heat. After all the controversy, it turns out that about 10 minutes a day of "unprotected" sun is actually quite good for us, producing much-needed vitamin D. After that, it's a good idea to slather up with sunscreen, but avoid any with the toxic stuff or with nano particles! So many things to think about :) But the most important is that it is good to spend a little time basking in the sunshine, if you are lucky enough to live in a place that it is abundant. If not, consider supplementing with vitamin D or buying a happy light such as the Verilux model. It is crucial to your overall health and well- being. Seriously. Just do it. And if you find yourself breaking into a chorus of the John Denver tune, well, so much the better!
Karen is a compassionate, enthusiastic student of life, who cared for her mother for 17 years. She brings her insights, compassion, experience and desire to share knowledge and healing to this ongoing conversation with others on the caregiving path. If you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend or other loved one this site offers sanity-saving tips, open-hearted self-care ideas, and an open forum for discussion, connection and sharing resources for the journey.