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13 Funny Ways To Make You Drink More Water

13 Funny Ways To Make You Drink More Water

You know you need to drink water but it’s easy to forget and difficult to be enthused. So, what do you do? Give up? Hook up some IV fluids? No need. Drinking water doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. There are a number of ways to make your newest healthy habit fun!

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    Sometimes cold water is nice. Sometimes it just isn’t. Water doesn’t have to be cold or even room temperature. Warm it up when you feel like it. Not only is it sometimes more enjoyable, but it can also aid in digestion, prevent constipation, and more!

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      If water is just WAY too boring for you, substitute it for some herbal tea. It’s hydrating, tastes good, and depending on the herbs you use may have added health benefits. Herbal teas are good both hot and cold. Just try to avoid sweetening and for the best hydration, avoid caffeinated teas.

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        It’s all too easy to forget your water at home or in the car, and it can be difficult to lug just any water container around with you all day. That’s why it’s important to make it easy and hands-free. There are a ton of water bottles made with a hook for a belt or bag, so hydration easier than ever before.

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          Sometimes it’s all about pumping yourself up and getting excited about your new habit. Pick out a fun water bottle that suits your personality, a conversation starter, to make drinking water fun and cool.There are all kinds on the market today! Go check them out!

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            Thirsty people usually snack before they think to drink water. If you’re a chronic snacker and have trouble drinking enough water, setting reminders on the fridge or snack cabinet may prove to be a very healthy habit for you. A nice side effect to this is that if you drink water, you may feel less of a need to snack afterward.

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              Your water bottle can be your greatest ally and tool. Mark times on your water bottle so that you know how much you should be drinking by a specific time. You can even write words of encouragement on the side to keep you smiling!

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                What do you look at more than just about anything else as you go about your day? If you’re like most everybody else, it’s probably your phone. Why not use that to your advantage? Set a reminder on your phone so every time you pick it up you’re reminded to HYDRATE!!!

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                  What’s the first thing you reach for when your mouth is on fire because there was a surprise hot pepper in your supposedly mild Thai food? Probably water. If you can handle it, add some spice to your diet. You may find yourself drinking a lot more than usual.

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                    There’s nothing more irritating than being stuck in traffic. Driving is also dehydrating, especially in hot weather. On long trips, try to set reminders to have a drink of water every 20 minutes (15 minutes in warm weather). You’ll feel more alert on the road and you’ll snack less.

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                      If you use a straw, you’ll find yourself guzzling water much quicker than usual. Who knows why. Maybe it’s because drinking water with a straw is more enjoyable. Maybe it’s just easier.

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                        Try using an app like waterlogged to track your water intake. People love seeing a visual representation of progress. It’s encouraging to see as your goals are reached.

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                          Add some excitement to your water by adding slices of fresh fruit, mint leaves, ginger, or other tasty herbs. It’ll keep you from getting bored and it tastes great!

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                            Who says that you can only get your water out of a glass? There are plenty of delicious foods out there that will help you drink more water and stay hydrated.  Add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).

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                            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                            Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                            The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                            The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                            Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                            Review Your Past Flow

                            Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                            Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                            Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                            Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                            Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                            Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                            Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                            We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                            Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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