Sunlight and Combatting Grief

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Thursday, May 16, 2024

As the weather gets warmer and summer is on the horizon, it is time for many people to schedule vacations and weekend outings. For people dealing with grief and depression, it may seem difficult to find the motivation to get out of bed, let alone spend time outside. However, many studies show the positive benefits of being out in the sun for those struggling with depressive feelings. Below, we will discuss some ways this can benefit you.

How the Sun Makes Us Feel Better

Generally, humans need sunlight to provide Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps regulate some absorption of minerals in the body, mainly leading to healthy bones. But the sun can also help regulate several other functions. For one, sunlight helps regulate our circadian rhythm. This is the brain’s internal clock that the physical, mental, and behavioral changes an organism experiences over a 24-hour cycle. When dealing with depression and grief, it is not uncommon for the circadian rhythm to be shifted. Depression naps, sleeplessness, and not going outside, can all affect this natural cycle. Spending time in the sun can help rebalance that cycle into a more natural state. 

Activities in the Sun

When dealing with grief, you may find it hard to want to get up and be active. However, this can be beneficial to your mood. Instead, try planning outings that are low-impact at first. Even sunbathing in your backyard or sitting on a bench in the park can help improve your mood. 

Being Active

While baby steps can help, they should be your first steps. Being active, especially outside can greatly improve mood. Whether you walk around the neighborhood or jog through the park, getting active can greatly improve your mood. Consider group exercise activities, such as playing basketball in the park. Connecting with others and recharging your social batteries can also be a good way to fight the blues. 

Remember That the Sun Isn’t a Cure-All

While being in the sun can improve mood, remember that it won’t fix everything. Grief is a complicated mixture of emotions. And it doesn’t go away easily. Consider other ways to work on and reflect on your grief. This may include seeking professional help from a therapist or grief counselor. 


Matthew Funeral Home does not provide medical, legal, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for legal, financial, or medical advice.
The author of this post is not a professional therapist or counselor. For more personalized grief care, find a grief counselor that is right for you. For our Grief Resource Center, written by Dr. Bill Webster, click here. 
For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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