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Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water (With Quick Fixes)

Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water (With Quick Fixes)

Between 50 and 75% of your body is made up of water. Making sure you maintain the correct hydration is important for balanced electrolytes and proper functioning of your heart, muscles, and nerves. Body water does this by removing waste, controlling metabolism, and maintaining body temperature, heart rate, and metabolism. Without enough water, your body becomes dehydrated. Severe dehydration can end in death. [1]

Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

So, how do you know if you’re getting enough water? If you have any of the following symptoms, you might be dehydrated:

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1. Muscle Cramps

Experiencing muscle cramps at nighttime or from light exercise might be a sign that you need to increase your water intake. The problem here is that your body can only work with the amount of available water.

When your available water supply is low, your body automatically redirects what is available to the brain, circulatory system, and organs. This takes water and electrolytes away from your nerves, causing extreme sensitivity that results in muscle spasms and cramps. [2]

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2. Headaches

If you have a pounding headache, it could be a sign of mild to moderate dehydration. This happens because your brain is protected by a layer of water in your cranium. When you’re dehydrated, the water surrounding your brain is depleted. This can cause your brain to push against your skull, resulting in headaches. [3]

3. Dry Skin, Chapped Lips, or Dry Eyes

Do your skin and lips look dry and flaky? Are your eyes red and irritated? Do you find yourself applying extra lotion, chapstick, or eye drops lately? Dry skin, chapped lips, and dry eyes are all symptoms of dehydration and indicators that you need more water. [4]

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How to Increase Your Water Intake

If you don’t treat dehydration now, it could lead to increased blood pressure, decreased kidney function, mental confusion, and eventually, coma. Don’t worry though, dehydration can be reversed before it causes these major health problems. You just need to increase your water intake. How? Check out the tips below:

1. Water Drinking Apps

Still not sure you’ll remember to get enough water? Try an app! With iDrated, you answer some personal questions to set a daily water target. This app monitors how hydrated you are by tracking your water intake and telling you when it’s time to drink! Waterlogged is another great option that lets you set reminders for when to drink water and tells you if you are meeting your goals.

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2. Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Hate water? Well, you still have to drink it, but there’s good news. You don’t have to get all of your water needs from drinking H2O. Lots of fruits and vegetables have high water content that can help you meet your hydration goals. Eat a salad for lunch and throw in extra cucumber. Have fruit for breakfast and snacks. Strawberries, watermelon, grapes, and cantaloupe have extra water content. Soup and juices are also high in water so make sure to include them in your diet.

3. Drink a Glass of Water Before Doing Anything Else In The Morning

Sounds simple, right? But if you’re not used to drinking enough water, it can be a difficult task. When you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water before doing anything else. And throughout the day, try to make sure you always have a water bottle at your side.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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