Healthy Water Habits

To kick-off my goal of improving overall health, I am focusing on drinking 8 glasses of water per day. I’m terrible at this lately, mostly because I’m distracted and lazy about it. I find the less you water I drink, the less I want it and the more tired, unfocused and moody I get.

I know I should drink more water, I know I should fill up that glass of water first thing in the morning, but I put it off to make breakfast, put it off to drink my coffee, put it off to put in a load of laundry… Does this sound familiar?

In case you need some more motivation, I did a little research. I found the usual laundry list of benefits of drinking water – increased energy, improved skin, increased metabolism, enhanced immune system (hello flu season 2018!) – and the less glorified “bad things” that happen if you don’t drink enough water. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed some of these less than ideal traits in myself:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Dull skin
  • Sunken eyes
  • Lack of focus
  • Weakness
  • Slow metabolism
  • Headaches

Yikes – time to get this under control. After all, it’s probably the most fundamental healthy habit to nail down.

In case 8 glasses of water seems out of reach, I set up a little schedule for myself so that I’m not drinking 8 glasses right before bed (and getting up to pee all night).

  • Wake up
  • Breakfast
  • Mid Morning
  • Lunch – 2 glasses
  • Mid Afternoon
  • Dinner – glass
  • Before Bed

That makes it seem more manageable, doesn’t it? My last tricks are to set a timer on my phone and to only drink water (a cup of coffee is going to be my exception and no it doesn’t count in my water intake).

Bottoms up!

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