Doing things differently-part 1

Here we go then-having decided to improve my mental and physical health and fitness what am I going to do differently to ensure a good start?

My first challenge will be to drink more water. This should be the easiest and cheapest way of improving my health immediately. I have never been great at drinking water and have suffered from symptoms of dehydration over the years not least overeating having mistaken thirst for hunger. There is no excuse. We have water machines at work supplying both still and sparkling water at the touch of a button. We were even given our own water bottle a couple of years ago to encourage people to drink more. Moreover, water on tap is perfectly drinkable and if filtered, there is no need to spend a fortune on the bottled stuff.

So how much water should we be drinking? 8 glasses a day? 2 litres a day? Whilst looking for guidance on the net, I found a water calculator which advises you how much water to drink based on your body weight-a neat tool but I’m not confessing here how much I should be drinking!

Water Calculator

In addition to the well-known physical advantages of being properly hydrated there are mental health benefits to. Early signs of dehydration include fatigue, poor concentration, and fogginess. Further dehydration may lead to depressive symptoms including moodiness, apathy and sleep disturbances, anxiety, tension and overeating. I’m hoping that by drinking more water my symptoms will abate.

So from today I’m going to do myself a big favour and start drinking more water. Hopefully not only will my physical health benefit but my mental health will too.

I will let you know.

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5 thoughts on “Doing things differently-part 1

  1. I hope so Nicolas-it should be an easy win but I have to confess that it’s something I’m not very good at but which will help me a lot. I admire anyone who does drink their quota-it needs to become a habit! A welcome one for a change!

  2. I know exactly how you feel! Years ago when I first started drinking water I could barely stomache it. Who knew water could taste so nasty – or even have a taste? I realized this was because I wasn’t use to it. Now it’s my favorite thing to drink. The best feeling is when I happen to take a sip of 7up and I get the unpleasant burn which reminds me why it’s better to stick to water. Right now what I struggle with the most is drinking the same amount of water on the weekend that I drink when I’m at work. It’s a little bit tougher because I have to remind myself to drink water or lug around my little bottle. Good luck and don’t give up, it gets easier with time and your body/mind will thank you for it in the long run.

    • Thank you Yvonne this is exactly how I feel about water! I can only drink the sparkling stuff at the moment I haven’t graduated to still yet! I’m determined to stick with it because of the well-documented health benefits but my head is pounding tonight-I assume it’s the detox effect. Thank you for your support I appreciate it.

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