How, oh how to stay hydrated? If you’re anything like me, drinking enough water throughout the day can be an absolute chore. There isn’t always time to stop and have a glass of water, and lugging a massive water bottle around everywhere is just unrealistic.
Look, we all know that staying hydrated is absolutely crucial to staying healthy and keeping your body working properly. Even mild cases of dehydration can make it hard to function or leave you tired and sluggish.
Then there are the superficial benefits to staying hydrated (which I find much more motivating) like clearing your skin, making your hair and nails healthier, and keeping your eyes bright. Essentially, there’s no reason not to drink enough water. Here’s how to stay hydrated by making sure you’re getting your 8 (or more!) glasses of water a day.
Make an effort
As we know, no good habit just comes into being by wishing it. Waking up early, doing exercise, drinking water – all of these healthy habits take a certain amount of willpower before they become second nature.
Start reminding yourself – make alarms on your phone, jot down reminders in your diary, put a sticky note on your computer. Make sure you put reminders anywhere and everywhere that you spend a lot of time looking, and then follow them! It may take a little while for the habit to take hold, but it’ll be worth it.
Make it visual
One of the best ways to learn is through visual reminders, so make it pretty! If you’re someone who relies a lot on planners, lists, or likes to bullet journal, make a note of each and every glass of water you have throughout the day.
When it’s put down visually, you can really see when you’re meeting those water requirements, and when you’re falling short of them.
Even if you’re not someone who puts things in lists automatically, it’s worth it to note down the amount of water rather than guessing if you’ve had enough.
Spice it up
Not literally. I can’t imagine much worse than spicy water.
But your water doesn’t have to be boring – a squeeze of lemon or kiwi fruit or orange can be the difference between drinking that last glass with relish and mourning the boring tasteless fluid entering your system. Stock up on your seasonal fruits and the possibilities are endless.
Use an app
Not a list-maker? Never fear, there’s an app for that. Below is a list of free apps to keep you on track and hydrated.
- Fabulous – not just for water, but this habit-tracking app works with you to create healthy behaviours. I’ve been using it for the past week and can’t recommend it enough.
- Water Drink Reminder
- Daily Water
- Hydrate Daily
- Water Time Pro
Setting up good, healthy habits can be difficult. Don’t beat yourself up about it if you fail a couple of times, and reward yourself when you get it right!
If you’re like me, putting a gold star on every day you hit your water goal can make you feel like you’re on top of the world. If you’re not a gold star person (some people did actually mature past primary school, apparently) then figure out something that works for you. You deserve it, you beautiful hydrated butterfly.
Drink while drinking
On a night out, make every other drink a glass of water. Not only will this keep you hydrated, but it’ll save you from feeling like shit in the morning. Win win.
Keep it nearby
At the end of the day, you’re not going to go out of your way to drink water. You know it, and I know it. The best way to make sure you’re drinking those glasses is to have it right there beside you. When you eat, make sure you have water. When you get up from your desk, don’t come back without a glass of water.
Better still, keep a big-ass jug of water on your desk (around 2 litres, preferably) and just drink that throughout the day. It seems like an easier task when you don’t have to keep popping out for refills.
Plus, you can mark the bottle to motivate yourself. What could be better, hydration AND crafts?
Did any of these work for you? Have any other good tips? Let us know in the comments.