By Amy Ouzoonian
Staying properly hydrated is essential for maintaining good health, promoting optimal brain function, and even increasing productivity. However, amid the hustle and bustle of our workdays, it's easy to forget to drink enough water. To help you stay on top of your hydration game, here are some practical ways to remember to drink more water throughout your workday.
1. Start Your Day with a Glass of Water
An excellent way to kickstart your hydration journey is by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. It helps replenish any fluids your body might have lost overnight, aids digestion, and kickstarts your metabolism. It's a simple routine that can set the tone for the rest of the day.
2. Invest in a Water Bottle You Love
A water bottle that you like and want to carry around with you can significantly increase your water intake. Whether it's a glass bottle, a stainless-steel thermos, or a smart water bottle that reminds you when to drink, choose one that fits your personal style and practical needs.
3. Use Water Tracking Apps
In this digital age, let technology lend a helping hand. There are various water tracking apps available that can remind you to drink water throughout the day. Apps like Hydro Coach, or My Water Balance can send you regular alerts to take a sip.
4. Set Reminders on Your Work Devices
If you don’t want to use a separate app, simply set reminders on your phone or computer. You could set alarms every hour or so to remind yourself to drink a glass of water. These reminders can be particularly helpful if you tend to get deeply engrossed in work and lose track of time.
5. Hydrate with Foods
Remember, hydration doesn’t only come from drinking water. Eating water-rich foods like cucumbers, watermelons, oranges, and strawberries can also contribute to your daily water intake. Include these in your work meals or snacks to help keep yourself hydrated.
6. Establish Drinking Triggers
Pair drinking water with specific activities throughout the day, essentially creating triggers. For instance, drink a glass of water every time you check your emails, finish a task, or before and after a meeting. These associations can serve as helpful reminders to drink water throughout your workday.
7. Make it a Team Effort
Engage your colleagues in your hydration efforts. Create a hydration challenge within your team or department. The social aspect can make the process more enjoyable and encourage everyone to stay hydrated.
8. Spice up Your Water
If you find plain water boring, spice it up a bit. Add a splash of lemon, a few berries, cucumber slices, or mint leaves to make your water more flavorful and appealing.
9. Gradual Increase
If you're not used to drinking a lot of water, don't overwhelm yourself by trying to drink an excessive amount all at once. Gradually increase your intake over time. Start by adding one extra glass per day, then after a week, add another and so on.
Staying hydrated at work doesn't have to be a chore. With these practical tips, you can effortlessly integrate hydration into your workday routine. Remember, drinking water is not just about quenching your thirst; it's a crucial component of maintaining overall health and wellness. For more wellness tips and to track your mental health as you hydrate, sign up for MoodConnect.