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Published on April 06, 2016

A Key to Good Mental Health is in Your Lungs

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One of the easiest healthy habits to promote good mental health is finding a few minutes throughout the day to take some deep breaths. You need no special space, no time away, or any equipment. Maybe it’s on your morning commute, during your lunch break, or even in the middle of a stressful meeting. Taking the time to breathe deeply benefits your mind and body, and is just one of the small steps you can take to promote good mental health.

If you’d rather take a break from your daily activities to do deep breathing exercises, there are several mobile apps you can get for your smartphone to walk you through the activity. Or, try a Google search to find the type of breathing exercise that is most effective for you. Some like guided visualization, while others prefer a form of progressive relaxation with their deep breathing exercises.

It can’t hurt to try some breathing exercises, but if you feel like your mental health needs more attention, you can take a free and anonymous mental health screening.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves as the past co-chair. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.

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