Here are some hydration habit tips. Why should we choose water? Water helps with our metabolism, skin, hair, and really all cells in our body. People always ask “how much water should I drink?” The answer is drink the amount that makes you feel good during the day. Most people now are walking around partially dehydrated from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. This term is called chronic dehydration. Do you suffer from brain fog, headaches, low energy, constipation, and trouble concentrating? If so, the first thing you want to ask yourself is ‘How much water am I drinking every day? You may just be partially dehydrated and all your symptoms will go away with drinking enough water. So before you go out and by supplements for your brain, headache medicine, constipation medicines, and energy-boosting whatever they are currently selling, get a bottle you can carry with you at all times. When I talk to clients the first thing we discuss is how much water they are drinking. It is a basic need we have and the foundation for all other changes we make. When you have a clear head and energy you can make better choices, and that leads to being able to make the changes in life you want. As weird as it sounds, habit change starts with drinking water.
Here are some ideas for how to start your drinking water habit:
- Get a bottle just for water.
- Alternate other beverages with water.
- Add flavor or fruit to your water to start.
- Slowly replace other beverages you drink with water.
People struggle with new habits because they try to start them the same way every time. I encourage you to think outside the box and do something new to create your drinking water habit. One idea is to buy a special bottle that is just for your water, and take it with you just like you do your cell phone. Even if you don’t always drink lots of water to start, having it with you will create the need to have water all the time. You will start drinking it because it is always there.
If you struggle with drinking other beverages and want to replace them with water, start slow. Again, always have water with you, this is non-negotiable. The other drink is an option. You can slowly start replacing your other beverage by having your water next to the drink and having water in between drinking the other drink. At some point having two drinks will be too much and water will win. When you finish the other chosen beverage don’t refill it. Just continue to drink water for the rest of the day. By having water with you all day you are more inclined to drink it. As a habit coach for women, I get asked about water lots. I have a Habit Coaching for Women Facebook group where I share habit coaching tips. This is a group where you can interact with other ladies who are making healthy habits also. We would love to have you in the group. You can also send me a question or comment with the form below.