I'm not debating anything that has been said about sunlight and it's benefits.....as they apply to most people.
However, and maybe I'm writing this for the benefit of, and comfort to some random person who comes here and thinks "that's not me"
The truth is, for some people, maybe not many, but some, sunlight, summer days, etc. actually make some people anxious. It does me.
Part of the reason is the actual abundance of sunshine, but for me at least, there was the years I let the actual social pressure of being different from those that couldn't wait to get out on that first nice day of spring, etc. make me feel lonely because of feeling different, and pretending I wasn't.
Oh how I dreaded it in elementary school when it would occur to me in May that June meant 3 months of expected outdoor activites. Plus the heat.
Summer meant friends wanting to go to the beach and sunbathe. I would have thought I died and went to heaven if someone suggested an afternoon matinee.
My mood in general is always high in the Fall and Winter, feelings of uneasyness in the Spring, and downright resentment of the outdoors in general in hateful hateful Summer. However, as an adult, I realize I call the shots for myself and can choice to stay in a nice cool climate indoors from June to Sept, and don't have to feel I'm "supposed" to like Summer, when I don't
I get a lot of people are different from that. Whatever.
When people start in with the generalities of how this, that and the other make people feel good, my inner response is a vague "how nice for you"
btw, indoors does not mean inactive. The choices aren't just the gym or sitting on your couch.
Oh....and I know someone will come back to diagnose me with SAD.
That's nice too.