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Top 5 Ways To Drink More Water All Year Round

Top 5 Ways To Drink More Water All Year Round

In today’s world, most of us understand that we all need to drink more water. It’s not only necessary for human survival but has an important role to play in keeping your body at its healthiest. Water is necessary for keeping your joints properly lubricated, providing protection for your tissues, maintaining the right body temperature, and removing waste. Unfortunately, most of us don’t drink enough water to remain as hydrated as we should be.

How bad is the situation? When you consider that health authorities around the world recommend that men drink roughly 15 cups of water a day and that women consume 11 cups, in most cases none of us are hydrated enough. The human body is largely composed of water and can become dehydrated with a loss of as little as 2% of its water content. Of course, by the time most people realize that they’re thirsty, at least some level of dehydration has set in.

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The good news is that you can take control of your water intake and ensure that you’re drinking more water all year-round. To accomplish that goal, focus on these five simple strategies:

Create a hydration plan

While the hydration plan is something that most people associate with runners and other athletes, it can have positive benefits for all of us. You can create your plan by tracking your water intake over a week or two, and then creating a schedule for water intake based on those numbers – with adjustments based on whether you’re currently consuming enough water.

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Make water more exciting

Let’s face it: water can be rather plain at times. Fortunately, you can enjoy its hydration effects and look forward to drinking it by infusing it with fruity flavors. There are a host of sugar-free options from which to choose from, and they all help to ensure that your next glass of life-sustaining water is something that you look forward to consuming. Take a look at some recipes so you can start infusing your own water at waterlogic.com.

Eat your water

No one should blame you if you struggle to drink the amount of water that you need to remain hydrated each day. The reality is that there’s only so much liquid some of us can drink before we start to get that uncomfortable bloated feeling. Fortunately, you don’t have to drink all your water; since many foods are high in water content too, you can eat your water!

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Fruits and vegetables are lifesavers when it comes to hydrating with food. For example, cucumbers are more than 96% water, iceberg lettuce is more than 95% water, watermelon is 91.5% water, strawberries clock in at 91%, broccoli, grapefruit, green peppers – you can’t go wrong with fruits and vegetables.

Drink more at work

For most people, the work environment poses the biggest problem for hydration. It’s easy to become so caught up in your work that you just forget to grab that glass of water or piece of fruit. These tips can help:

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  • Keep plenty of water nearby. A big reusable drinks bottle or a pitcher can be ideal.
  • If you have a plumbed in water cooler in your office you can enjoy an unlimited supply of hydrating H2
  • Start your lunch every day with a glass of water. Make it a priority.

Drink more at home

Of course, most of our daily lives are spent at home, so you need to really focus on getting the right amount of water there. Make water a ritual in your house:

  • Begin each day with a glass of water.
  • Always keep fresh fruit on hand and add vegetables to every meal.
  • Keep your water bottle by your side at all times – and use it.
  • Develop a routine. Water consumption is more effective when it’s consistent throughout the day, so don’t be afraid to set timers or use other memory devices to help you get into the consumption habit.
  • Encourage the whole family to consume more water. These types of goals are often easier when we’re pursuing them with someone else.

Once you get into the habit of drinking more water, you’ll quickly notice just how great you feel. And when you begin to incorporate these tips for drinking more all year round into your life, you will wonder how you ever managed to get through the day without them. Bottoms up!

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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.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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