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Summer Sunshine: Nurturing Your Mental Health in the Warm Months

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The summer season is often associated with vacations, outdoor activities, and relaxation. However, it's essential to remember that summer can also have an impact on our mental health. The longer days and increased sunlight can positively affect our mood and energy levels. Getting outside and being active can also contribute to improved mental well-being.

On the other hand, the pressure to make the most of the summer months, body image issues related to beach season, and a disrupted routine due to travel and social events can also create stress and anxiety for some individuals.

It's important to be mindful of our mental health during the summer and to take steps to prioritize self-care. This can include seeking shade and staying cool during hot weather, staying hydrated, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and being mindful of alcohol consumption at social events.

Additionally, if you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health during the summer, it's okay to seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals. Remember, your well-being is important regardless of the season, and it's okay to ask for help when needed.

Summer can be a wonderful time to relax and recharge, but it's essential to be mindful of how the season can impact our mental health and take proactive steps to care for ourselves.

If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed or struggling, Siouxland Mental Health Center is here to help. Call us at 712-252-3871 to be seen by a mental health professional today.

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