Advice from IG: Getting Hydrated
Every time there’s like… anything wrong with my body, I’m always reminded of this comic from Adam Ellis about drinking water fixing everything. And you know what – it’s true! I really should be drinking more water! 2023 is going to be the year that I turn myself into a hydrated girlie; mark my words.
As part of my mission to hydration, I asked my Instagram followers for two things: 1) tips for drinking more water, and 2) recommendations of their favorite water bottles.
This is part one of a two-part blog series where I gather all the hydration tips into a blog post. (I could’ve easily shared the responses in my IG story, but taking the time to re-type everything feels like it will help me retain the knowledge). Let’s dive in!
Drinking More Water 101
- If you feel like your water bottle tends to “fade into the background,” try switching it out each week. Out of all the tips I heard, this is by far my favorite; I’ve owned a simple Nalgene since 2017, and while it tended to have a space on my desk on the daily, it was easy to forget it was there. It became part of my desk decor and basically faded into the background; ergo, I basically never drank out of it. One Instagram follower said she likes to switch her water bottle out weekly so it’s easier to catch her attention.
- Set a goal to finish one bottle per day. This is the method I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks, and it’s been surprisingly effective. Filling your bottle once in the morning with the goal of emptying it by the end of the day leads to a clear end-point for you, and makes drinking a bunch of water feel less like a chore. And while finishing one bottle may not help you reach recommended intake levels (unless you’re drinking out of a huge vessel), it will definitely help make it feel a little easier. Plus, the dopamine boost you’ll get from meeting your goal will probably make you want to keep going.
- On a related note, try out a water bottle with time-stamps if you need some extra guidance. There are tons of water bottles out there that have markings on the side with where your water levels should be by certain points of the day. Many of these options even have some encouraging quotes added on!
- Use a water bottle that has a straw. Oh my goodness – I can’t believe how much this was recommended. I’m not sure if there’s any science behind it, but tons of people said that the simple switch of using a water bottle with a straw helped with their intake levels.
- In the words of one of my Instagram followers: “chug a glass” first thing in the morning. It won’t be the prettiest sight, but you’ll “start off winning.” (And those are some vibes I can get behind!)
- When in doubt, make it cute with stickers! (You had to know this one was coming, right?) Many people said that decorating their water bottle with stickers tends to help with their water intake levels since you’re more inclined to take it everywhere with you. In other words, since you can customize the stickers to match your personality, it helps turn the water bottle into more of an accessory rather than a jug that needs to be lugged around.
- And if stickers sound like something you want to add, try creating a reward system for yourself! Personally, I’m buying a new waterproof sticker from a different small business every time I have a good intake week. Of course, you could customize this reward system to whatever your needs are right now.
- Most importantly, go easy on yourself. :’) I’ve gone many days in my life where I haven’t met goals, but I’ve always found that giving myself grace and starting over with kindness is the easiest way to getting back on track – no matter what the goal is.
- Did I miss anything? Feel free to leave your tips in the comments!