H2O for the Mind
Drinking water typically is associated with staying physically healthy and fit, but did you know that it affects your ability to think and your mental health, too? When you do not have enough water in your system, you become dehydrated, and may feel light-headed and have trouble focusing on simple tasks. This may in turn make you irritable and/or confused.
Dehydration also directly impacts mood. Many people experience anxiety, even panic, along when dehydrated. If you experience depression, not drinking enough water makes the condition worse by contributing to fatigue, low energy and headaches.
Getting your six to eight glasses of water during the dog days of summer can be especially challenging, but the heat makes it even more important. Your body loses water when you sweat under the hot summer sun and even when you breathe out water vapor.
Experiencing some of the above symptoms even with the right amount of water? There may be other factors at play. Bryan Medical Center Mental Health encourages you to check in with yourself. Grab a cool glass of water, sit down, and take a brief online mental health screening.