HYDRATION. One of the simplest things you can do daily to help your body and mind feel good and function well. One of the easiest ways to show yourself you care for yourself. Here is what I tell my clients who struggle with reaching their daily hydration protocols.
WIN THE MORNING. The first thing you do in the morning is typically go to the bathroom, right? Leave a full water bottle on your bathroom sink the night before. When you head to the bathroom upon waking, let the sight of this water bottle be a reminder to hydrate. I'm not saying you have to chug it, but you will have to be intentional in order to finish that 24-32oz water bottle in 30 minutes. Room-temperature water is usually easy to get down than ice water first thing in the morning.
NO CAFFEINE (before finishing at least 24-32oz in the AM). Hold yourself accountable. Also, caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it will make you have to pee. Whether or not caffeine is dehydrating depends on just how much caffeine you ingest compared to the quantity of liquid, how tolerant you are to caffeine, etc.
DON'T FALL BEHIND. If you end up needing half of your water still by 8pm, either you're going to say f*ck it or you're going to chug water and be up peeing all night, disrupting your sleep. Which brings me to the next point…
SET MIDDAY GOALS. To stay on track, aim to be half way through your daily water intake by 12:00pm or by your lunch break. If it's noon and you are only 40oz in, well, then you know you need to pick up the pace so you don't fall behind.
HABIT STACKING. One of my favorite healthy girl things to do is go for a walk with a little water cup and a straw, especially in the first 30 minutes of being awake (literally nothing makes me feel like I have my life together more than this). Multitask by getting your steps and drinking water at the same time. I find it really useful to use an easy-to-drink-from cup that has a straw.
PLAIN WATER. Can you add lemon? Sure. Cucumber? Fine. But is a 0-calorie flavored carbonated "water" actual water? No. Plain. Ass. Water. Though these things can be hydrating, it's the principle. Water is vital to humanity. Make this basic promise to yourself; to not need any fancy flavorings or sweeteners. These sorts of things will make plain water taste boring, making it more difficult to continue working towards your hydration goal the rest of the day.
REACH YOUR WATER GOAL BEFORE ALLOWING ANY OTHER LIQUIDS (besides coffee and tea!). Don't allow treats like sugary drinks, calorie-free drinks or powder packets into your diet before you reach your hydration goals. This way, it'll boost motivation to stay on track with your water intake all day long, so you can look forward to a Zevia with dinner, for example. Hold yourself accountable. Earn that treat.
KEEP YOUR BOTTLE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. Keep that thing by your side like it's your cellphone. Also, switch up your bottles to keep it more appealing. Having one with a straw seems to be massively helpful.