Take it from a dehydrated girly myself, chances are you NEED more water in your system. It isn’t cute to be a shriveled up raisin, so let’s work to get our skin clearer, lips less chapped, bodies healthier, mood improved, etc. just by drinking more water! I know, if it’s something you’ve historically struggled with — which, I have too— working on drinking more water can sometimes seem impossible, but with the following tips, hopefully staying hydrated (and other drinking water benefits) can be easier for you! So, here’s what works for me.
Head on into your app store and find the most appealing water tracker/reminder app to you! Set your daily intake goals (which are often guided for what’s best for your height, weight, activity-level, etc.), track your water intake throughout the day, and get reminders throughout the day. Sometimes, we all just need a little water fairy sitting on our shoulder telling us that it’s been a while since we’ve had anything to drink. This app is the little helper you never knew you needed to get you to reach your hydration goals.
It may sound weird, but if you’re the type who struggles with remembering to drink throughout the day, setting aside certain moments in each day to make a ritual out of drinking water can be more beneficial than you think. I like to chug a large glass of water first thing when I wake up in the morning and after eating dinner at night to help wake up and flush my digestion and get a baseline amount of water every day at the very least.
If you find yourself reaching for flavored high-sugar drink options before water, make that habit work for you and not against you! Cut the sugar and extra calories by using water flavoring drops instead of juice or soda. This will keep you sipping on your « yummy beverage » all day, but actually keeping you SUPER hydrated. Flavored water is way better than not enough water.
Keep a Habit Tracker
Sometimes, seeing your progress and commitment to drinking more water over time is what really helps us succeed. So, using a bullet journal, planner, app, etc, mark down every day that you successfully met your water intake goals. If keeping a tracker isn’t incentive enough for you to be motivated, consider a small reward after the first week, a bit bigger reward for yourself after the first month, etc. This is also a great way to make sure you are prioritizing self care in your daily life in other aspects as well.
Be Aware of a Dry Mouth
While this one may seem obvious, I’m never really all that aware when my mouth is super dry. Oftentimes, we’re distracted by so much else to even notice a dry mouth or chapped lips, but those are pretty much surefire signs of dehydration. Making an effort to become more aware of when you have a dry mouth or chapped lips is an excellent way to stay on top of your hydration throughout the day.
What’s your best tip for drinking more water? Have you noticed any major drinking water benefits? Let us know in the comments!