Sunshine at last!
After the snow and freezing conditions earlier in the year, it was especially nice to have some warm weather over the recent Bank Holiday weekend.
For some, it was a chance to simply get out in the garden. Apparently lawns were mown, gardens tidied, new plants added to borders and BBQ’s were fired-up to cook at impromptu gatherings of family and friends. Others had visited local parks, ventured out into the countryside or taken a trip to the coast, but no matter whether the destination was urban or rural, local or further afield, just being outside in the sunshine had obviously provided ‘refreshment’ for body and soul. In the hustle and bustle of every day routine it is easy to miss out on the chance to enjoy the environment around us, to spend time outside or notice the warmth of the sun, but the happy memories created that Bank Holiday weekend suggest we should make a little time to do so more often. And now, with researchers from Edinburgh University telling us that their preliminary research data is suggesting that exposure to the sun may cut the risk of heart disease and strokes, all we need now is some sunshine! I think though, before rushing out to do this, we should consider the risks of skin cancer caused by over-exposure to UV-light. What the newspaper headlines rarely mention are the details of such studies – in this case, there were only 24 volunteers involved in the research, so, again, it’s early days and a good case for trying to do things in moderation in order to keep ourselves healthy.