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4 Interesting Ways That Help You Drink Much More Water Easily

4 Interesting Ways That Help You Drink Much More Water Easily

It is common knowledge that we need to drink more water. But between its sheer blandness, the inconvenience of having to lug a water bottle around and the constant availability of tastier options, remembering to drink more water is so hard to do.

Here are 4 easy ways to trick yourself into drinking more water

1. Spice things up.

Sprinkling just a touch of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or good ole hot sauce on your food will definitely encourage you to drink more water. Even better, studies[1] show that adding a little fire to your food increases metabolism and improves feelings of satiety, both of which lead to weight loss.

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2. Drink from a straw.

Drinking through a straw helps you drink larger amounts in a shorter period of time. Another surprising and benefical reason to drink your water through a straw or sports bottle is that the sucking action[2] itself is one of the oldest remedies for stress reduction and for providing a sense of calm. So you’ll drink more water and pacify yourself simultaneously.

3. Add a little flavor.

Adding natural flavor to water, such as lemon, lime or ginger to your water is a perfect way to add flavor while still reaping the benefits. Ginger infused water or ginger tea[3] is made by boiling fresh ginger root in water, then straining it and allowing it to cool. Ginger tea is not only good for flavoring the water it is also known to ease digestive discomfort and relieve the sinus pressure and sore throat that often accompanies a cold.

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Another great way to add a little flavor and aesthetic flare to a glass of water is to use frozen citrus fruit as ice cubes. Not only do you have a beautiful glass of flavored water, you are now getting the added benefits that citrus fruits provide.

An even easier way to increase your water intake without actually drinking it straight is by diluting your favorite beverages. This technique works well with tea, juice and lemonade. You still get all the flavor while doubling your water intake and cutting the calories in half.

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4. Eat your water.

How in the world do you “eat” water you ask? Easy! You simply consume foods with high water content[4]. Watermelon and strawberries are 92% water. Zucchini, radishes and celery are a whopping 95% water. Other fruits and veggies that have a high water content include: cucumbers, grapefruit, green cabbage, tomatoes, pineapples, oranges, cranberries, cauliflower, eggplant and the list goes on and on. Eating your water is easy and great for your overall health.

You have to consciously decide to drink more water. Set cues that trigger the thought, “drink more water.” It could be as simple as setting a bottle of water beside your bed before you go to sleep and when you wake up, drinking half the bottle before your feet hit the ground. Or, while you are at work or school, drinking water after every restroom break or taking three sips of water before every meal or using an app to track your water intake. The list of possibilities is endless but the result has to be the same…drink more water!

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

Featured photo credit: Anubhav Saxena via unsplash.com

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