It’s Monday so that means we’re bringing another dose of good news to you to start your week off on a positive note. If you live in the UK, the chances are you will have checked your weather app for the latest forecast, and the good news is that we’re going to be treated to a week of sunshine and temperatures north of 20 degrees celsius! Although we may not be able to celebrate the good weather in beer gardens or gathered around the BBQ with the whole family, we can still make the most of it. The government have now allowed us to head outside for unlimited exercise every day, and we’re even able to stop and sit down in local parks and beauty spots to soak up some rays (although be careful that the area you choose to stop in is quiet and allows for social distancing). We can also meet up with one person outside our household as long as we are keeping at least two meters apart.

We want to encourage you to make the most of the sunshine (in small doses to avoid skin damage and sunburn) as it is great for you both mentally and physically. The sun’s UV rays works to help the body to produce Vitamin D, which is essential for your bones, blood cells and immune system. Vitamin D also aids the body to absorb and use certain minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. The sun also helps to increase the levels of serotonin in your brain – a chemical that works to boost your energy, mood and productivity. There is also evidence to suggest that a moderate amount of sunlight can help to prevent certain types of cancer including: colon cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. Additionally, UV rays are also used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, jaundice and acne – so if you suffer from any of these, be sure to get some sunshine when you can.

So enjoy the sunny weather the UK has to offer this week, just make sure you don’t stay in it for too long, remember SPF and stay hydrated!

Check out last weeks Good News Monday here

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