Self Care: How To Stay Hydrated

Infographic Via Visual.Ly

I’m going to go on the record and say I don’t like water. I’ve programmed my body to like tea, coffee, pop, juice and everything BUT water. I’d also like to admit that I’m a little lazy when it comes to staying hydrated so I don’t want to bother drinking it. I’ve also underestimated the benefits of drinking water because I’ve never taken the time to really learn what water means to my body.

If you are tired, have headaches, digestive issues, muscle aches and pains, trouble sleeping, or dull / dry skin, you probably aren’t getting enough. I suffer from many of these issues and I found that drinking enough water was one of the first things that helped improve them. But first, you need to find out how to stay hydrated.

Drinking water is a good habit, and like all good habits, I have to work on developing it. Some things I did to help me develop a good water drinking habit and learn how to stay hydrated were –

√Take it with me- I’ve invested in some water bottles that I bring with me to work. This water bottle keeps water cold all day. Plus, since the lid screws on you can just throw it in your bag. I also love Tervis Tumbler ones because they don’t sweat but those you need to put in a cup holder for traveling. These are also great for workouts.

√ Add flavoring to make it taste better or even better, add squeezed lemon or cucumber slices.

√ Set a timer on my phone, for every hour. Drink when it goes off. I’m not a good sipper, I’d rather just chug water so this works for me.

Hope these tips help you learn how to stay hydrated! Have a great day!

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Self-Care: 12 Tips To Feeling Inspired

(Via Popsugar)

 

Some days you wake up and right when you are going to begin your work, something stops you from doing so. Suddenly, that feeling where you once were so passionate and energized just isn’t there anymore. You don’t want to work today and you don’t feel motivated to do anything. Without this motivation, you feel a little hopeless, lost, and stuck.

Sometimes I get stuck in a rut, especially when it comes to this blog. Some days I’m just not a hundred percent passionate about it which makes it hard to want to work on it, generate new posts or feeling inspired. That’s when I have to take a step back and reset my mindset and sometimes that does involve taking a break. I’ve also found that I can work hard at feeling inspired when there’s no motivation.

I found this infographic for ways to continue feeling inspired when you’ve lost motivation and I thought you all might need it too!

 

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22 Amazing Self Care Ideas

(Via In it 4 the Long Run)

It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because we’re busy and overwhelmed.  So actually taking time to eat lunch, exercise, and hang out with friends gets pushed to the side. Self care is not a reward, it’s part of a process that we need to incorporate every week or each day. I love the graphic above that breaks down self care ideas into 3 categories: physical,mental, and emotional.

 

Physical Self Care Ideas

In the physical category, I make sure that I exercise at-least 4 days a week. It’s easy to neglect exercise when I’m overextended because, well, exercise requires time, energy, and often a trip to the shower. I found that finding a workout and gym that I enjoy has helped me get there and having friends that go at the same time as me makes it feel more like I’m catching up with my friends than working out. Of course, no matter how busy or unmotivated I am, sometimes I just have to get up and force myself to go.

I’m also a huge fan of baths! Taking a bath isn’t just about getting clean, it’s also one of the best self care ideas. I love the sensation of sliding into a warm, bubbly tub at the end of a long day, and feeling the cares of the day melt and float away. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to bathing but I prefer to  fill mine with Philosphy bubble bath and put on some music.

Mental Self Care Ideas

I wish I was someone that could get into using adult coloring books but I usually just end up more frustrated. To practice mental self care, I like to pick up a new book. It’s a one-person activity that doesn’t involve helping others. Reading for pleasure is a way for me to recharge my batteries. You can head over to my series “Monthly Read Me” to see the books that I recommend.

Emotional Self Care Ideas

Every night before I go to bed, I think back over my day and remember three good things that happened – things that went well, that I enjoyed or were grateful for. These can be small or of bigger importance. Doing this is simple but incredibly powerful. It’s about taking the time to notice the good things in my life.

I’ve also starting drinking the Kool-aid when it comes to yoga. It teaches you that we can’t always be in control.  In yoga, we learn to let things go, and that there’s no use in forcing ourselves beyond our ability. It has also taught me how to relax which is so beneficial for the body and mind. One of the most important things that yoga ever taught me was how vital it is to practice self-kindness.  And by that I mean to leave my negative, self-critical talk out of the  studio and to only bring open-mindedness and self-care in with me. If you haven’t given it a try, it’s a must!

 

What are some of your favorite self care ideas?

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