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7 Ways to Drink More Water

7 Ways to Drink More Water

You could survive for a month without food, but you’d be dead in a week without water. If knowing that makes you think staying hydrated might be a good idea, here’s 8 ways to drink more water.

1. Drink and drive.

Buy a reusable bottle (for bonus points, garnish it with stickers or decorations of some kind to make it your own) and keep it in your car. Sipping on it as you go about your day can add up depending on how much you drive; and if you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, at least you’ll be hydrated.

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2. Drink on the job.

It’s easy to forget about drinking (water) on the job if you get busy working on what seems like a never-ending To-Do List. Keep a bottle of water in a visible place so you’ll remember to drink it. To keep it simple, just take a few sips every hour on the hour.

3. Coffee drinkers rejoice.

Good news for coffee fans: coffee may be included in your water tally. Before you get too excited, I’m not endorsing the daily Starbucks visit I know so many of you are fond of; you’d be better off brewing your own coffee at home. Add a dash of cinnamon, drizzle of honey, and splash of milk to improve the flavor.

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4. Think about all the money you could save.

Think that $3 soda was expensive? You don’t know the half of it.

A single serving of soda only costs the average restaurant 5 to 20 cents. In other words: don’t be too thankful for those free refills (trust me, they can afford it). Don’t endorse such a mark-up by purchasing soda when you dine out; instead, order a water to get healthy and save cash. Just look at the facts:

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The average American eats out 4-5 times per week; based on the assumption of 20 restaurant visits per month, let’s do some math:

20 restaurant visits per month X $3 per soda = $60 saved per month, or $720 in a year (which is more than enough to invest in an amazing experience like a cruise to an exotic country, getaway to a bed and breakfast, or trip to the beach).  

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5. There’s an app for that.

If you keep forgetting to stay hydrated, download a free app like Hydro that includes a water consumption calculator text reminders of your goal. For more fitness apps that might be useful, click here.

6. What to do if you think water is boring.

There is no escaping the fact that water might not fill your taste buds with glee in the way that artificially sweetened beverages do. As a past Mt. Dew addict, trust me when I say, “I know the feeling.” But just like a little creativity can take your morning coffee from zero to hero (dash of cinnamon + drizzle of honey + splash of milk. Try it‒you won’t regret it), water can be made more exciting. Add chunks of fresh fruit to your water for a more enjoyable natural flavor. If you’re looking for suggestions, try lemon, lime, watermelon, and orange. Experiment with different kinds of fruit (and even with combinations of fruit) until you discover your perfect recipe.

7. Keep it simple.

I know the often repeated recommendation of “drink 8 glasses of water a day” might sound like a lot, but it’s really not. To hit your daily quota of 64 oz., just consume 10-12 oz. (a little over a serving) of water at the following times every day:

  • As soon as you wake up (dehydration results in brain fatigue, so let’s fix that right away
  • Before breakfast, lunch, and dinner (sometimes hunger is thirst in disguise, so this will prevent over-eating)
  • An hour before bed (close enough to bed-time to keep you hydrated, not so close you’ll wake up having to pee)

Your ideal water intake could be more or less than 64 oz. depending on a variety of things, like your activity level and body composition, so it’s okay to experiment until you figure out what’s best for you. Stick with the schedule listed above, but feel free to increase or decrease your serving amounts in the direction of your needs and goals.

If you know of any extra ways to drink more water not listed here, tell us all about it in the comments!

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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