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Published on June 26, 2020

Put Yourself First This Summer!

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept everyone inside for most of the spring, but summer is here and that may get you wondering what you can do during this time of year to safeguard your behavioral health. The summer months present some different challenges, but they afford special opportunities, too.

Practice social distancing and the current safety guidelines regarding exercise – run, swim, bike or take a walk in the woods or by the lake, and you will do wonders for your mood and resiliency. There is growing evidence that time spent in nature can boost our well-being. If you are concerned about being around others, walk in your neighborhood or in a community park.

Too Much Fun?

Summer also has a reputation for being fun – with summer and vacation almost synonymous – but for those struggling with their behavioral health, that extra pressure on you to enjoy summer activities can bring added challenges like body image struggles, lack of schedule, or expectations to be happy and social.

Give yourself and others room to experience summer in your/their own way. Remember also to stay hydrated, and, if consuming alcohol, be aware that there are extra dangers to drinking in the heat as alcohol may affect you differently.

Most people are aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter, but it can affect people in the summer as well. And remember, the stress of the pandemic and life situations will impact each of us differently. If you think you or a loved one may have a behavioral health disorder, Bryan mental health services and the Bryan Independence Center have services available to help you. Take a confidential screening today.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is director of behavioral health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Directors. 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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