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Drinking water is typically associated with staying physically healthy and fit, but did you know that it affects your ability to think and your mental health?

When you do not have enough water in your system, you 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 with indicators of dehydration. For those who have depression, not drinking enough water exacerbates the condition by contributing to fatigue, low energy, and headaches.

Getting your 6-8 glasses of water during the dog days of summer can be especially challenging, but that makes it 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. Heartland Family Service encourages you to check in with yourself. Grab a cool glass of water, sit down, and take a brief online mental health screening.

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