My wife is a big listmaker when it comes to summer: things she wants to do, trips, events, parks she wants to visit.

Me? Not so much. It’s part of the privilege of living with a listmaker: I don’t have to make one.

But as the weather turns nice, I received a list of summer tips to help mental health, and while there are some good ones on it, I wanted to amend it, and add a few others…

  • Go outside and get plenty of fresh air
  • Eat a bunch of fresh fruit (BC strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches…)
  • Get a sleep mask so the bright summer days don’t wake you up too early
  • Stay in touch with friends (preferably at a campfire)
  • Limit the time spent on social media and screen time
  • Use that vacation time (and truly unplug)
  • Get near some water – lakes, ocean, rivers, whatever

Huh. That was easy… maybe I’m a summer listmaker after all.

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out for details.