The Benefits of Sunshine and Sun Holidays for Families

Dec 6, 2023

The Sun: Not Just a Ball of Fire, But a Source of Life and Joy!

We’re not even in the deepest depths of winter, and already you’re craving to experience the benefits of sunshine. Why is this? What is it that the sun gives us that we miss so much on cold, grey days?

Our earth wouldn’t be the natural wonder it is without the sun, so it’s not surprising that we humans can’t live without it. You see, the sun isn’t only a gigantic ball of fire in the sky. It’s a source of life, warmth, and sheer joy!

You want to feel at your best? Then jet yourself off for a bit of sun therapy, and unlock a multitude of benefits for your body and soul.

The Science Behind Sunlight and Health

Okay, time to get a little bit scientific, and discover why the sun is such a source of happiness. 

Let’s start with vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. This helps to keep your bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. It bolsters your immune system, too, with some saying that it helps to reduce the risk of contracting nasty viruses, like coronavirus.

The best source of vitamin D is sunshine. If the UK has a good summer, you’re likely to get all the vitamin D you need between April and September. But in a poor year, and during the autumn and winter, you’ll need to top up your Vitamin D levels by eating foods like oily fish, liver, red meat, and eggs (or take vitamin D pills).

However, sunshine isn’t just a key source of vitamin D. It also induces the release of serotonin – the happy hormone. It lifts your mood, improves your sleep, and helps regulate your appetite. Sunshine makes you feel more enthusiastic for life, and better able to cope with any troubles that life throws your way.

Let’s look at all these effects in a little more detail.

The Physical Benefits of Sun Therapy

In moderation, sunshine on your skin does something that no cosmetic can. It gives you a natural radiant complexion. A glow to your skin that screams ‘health’. 

However, the benefits of sun therapy extend much further than a superficial glow. Sunlight enriches the skin, going deep into the skin’s cells to promote vitality and renewal. 

It’s not only the skin that benefits from sun, but it also works ‘behind the scenes’ to help improve bone strength. And strong bones are crucial for leading a physically fulfilled life. The sun is a silent source of strength and resilience, a key element in developing and maintaining overall physical health.

Emotional and Psychological Upsides of Sun Therapy

Now to the sun’s mood-boosting quality. When you say hello to sunshine, you wave goodbye to the blues. It’s not simply about seeing the light. It’s about you feeling better, with a brighter mood, and better emotional wellbeing. Every ray brings a sense of peace and happiness, strengthening your mental resilience and providing a much-needed lift to your spirits.

Like we’ve said earlier, the sun is much more than a ball in the sky. In addition to all its other qualities, the sun is a natural stress ball, too. It reminds you that nature is our friend. It helps you enjoy moments of calm and tranquillity. Moments in which you can let go of your worries. Moments in which you can relax and get clear about your thoughts. An opportunity to reconnect with nature and regain your mental balance.

In short, a little sunshine helps to rejuvenate your mind, find serenity in your life, and enrich your emotional wellbeing. It’s the perfect partner in a lifetime of joy and mental clarity.

The Ultimate Guide to Sun Holidays

If you’re craving the sun, it’s not because of a whim to take off on holiday. It’s your body and mind telling you of its needs. The question is how to choose your ideal sun destination.

Tropical Paradises vs Rural Sun: Choosing Your Ideal Sun Destination

Is lazing on a sun-drenched beach on a tropical island far from the madding world your idea of sunshine paradise? Or would you rather embrace the rugged rural charm of rolling hills and meandering streams under an azure sky? 

The right choice for you is a delicate balance between adventure and relaxation, preferences and desires – and you’ll need to consider the needs of your family, too. Do your kids want to spend each day in the sand, or do they want to meet new friends, experience different activities, and enjoy variation each day of their holiday?

Our tip? Wherever your choice, make sure your holiday creates an eclectic mix of experiences that maximises the rejuvenating benefits of the sun while creating a lifetime of memories.

Safety First: Protecting Your Skin While You Soak Up the Sun

For all its tremendous qualities, when it comes to the sun, you can have too much of a good thing. To embrace the good, you’ll need to ensure you avoid falling into the sun’s cunning trap:

  • Don’t fall asleep on the beach!
  • Do wear protective gear, even if only walking in the sun – hats are a must.
  • Ensure you use sunscreen on all exposed areas of your body – and reapply regularly.
  • Seek shade at regular intervals.
  • Drink plenty of water, and avoid too much alcohol in the midday and afternoon heat.
  • Protect your eyes with good-quality sunglasses.

Remember, too, that young skin is more susceptible to sun damage – children don’t understand this, and they get too busy to think about protecting themselves from the sun. A child’s most effective sunscreen is their parents or guardians.

If you take the above precautions, you’ll enjoy a sun-filled holiday that boosts your body and soul while avoiding the dangers of sunburn and sunstroke.

Country Kids – The Ideal Mix of Sun and Shade, Adventure and Relaxation

Here at Country Kids you’ll find a tantalising blend of sun and shade, where adventure melds with relaxation. We’ve built a rural realm where families spend sun-drenched days, with shade never far away, and where the gentle whisper of a cooling breeze blends seamlessly with the laughter of children.

How does Country Kids measure up? Here are a few highlights:

  • Imagine picnics under the azure sky, nature trails recounting secrets of days gone by, and the sun playing hide and seek amidst the leaves.
  • Find a shady refuge under ancient trees and cozy pergolas. Let life slow down and your soul unwind.
  • Feel the call of adventurous activity! Dive into splash zones, explore nature hikes, embark on farm visits, and let the sun be your companion in a myriad of activities that resonate with children and adults alike.

And while your kids are off playing with their new friends, you get to find a tranquil nook by the poolside, sip on a cocktail under the shade, and let luxury meet sun therapy. Yes, you really can soak up the sun without the scorch!

Your Roadmap to a Healthier, Happier Life Through Sun Therapy and Sun Holidays

Our bodies and minds need sun therapy, and sun holidays are the perfect prescription for a healthier, happier life. At Country Kids, the sun awaits with open arms. And with fully inclusive packages that really do deliver absolutely everything, you can be sure that you’ll experience all the benefits of sunshine and create unforgettable memories without the usual holiday stress.

To discover why you’ll want to make Country Kids your sunshine destination, contact us today.

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