I have a confession to make: I don’t drink enough water. Even when I try my darnedest, I struggle to get as much as I’d like. Granted, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, which naturally increases my water intake. But, nevertheless, it’s something that I continue to work on. In my efforts, I’ve come across countless ways to drink more water. Try one or try a few and see what works for you!
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Since first sharing this post, I have gotten significantly better at incorporating these tips into my own life. And it really has made a difference in my life! I feel better in general, my skin is clearer, my lips are chapped less often…the list goes on! I reference this post all the time, both on the blog and offline, because I cannot vouch for the importance of hydration enough.
Find a water bottle you absolutely love.
Carry it with you. Decorate it. Love it. Drink out of it constantly.
I use this Brita bottle*. It’s simple, but I love it (and it makes me think of Britta from Community, which always makes me smile!). It’s the perfect size to carry around with me, and the filter helps me to be confident my water will be as clean as can be.
Since originally sharing this post, I’ve also found a ginormous 50-ounce bottle (with a built-in straw!) that I keep by me while working. It’s a bit too bulky for me to regularly use it on the go, but it’s perfect for reminding me to drink something other than coffee throughout the workday.
Want to read more about how I take care of myself while working from home? Check out my best self-care tips for working at a computer all day!
Make it fun!
Use that favourite bottle. Get a fancy straw (my sister loves these fish straws*!). Whatever it takes to make it seem a bit more fun, do it! The less you make it feel like a chore, the easier you’ll find it to stay hydrated.
I started using my Brumate* winesulator to drink some more water, too! There’s nothing like making your “boring” water a bit more fancy to really motivate you to drink up.
Add some healthy flavours.
Add a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber. Throw in some fresh mint. Test out your favourite fruit or vegetable! You can even buy special bottles (like this one*) for infusing the flavour into your water.
You can even include your favourite (safe for consumption!) essential oils! Just make sure you do so properly to avoid unintentionally making yourself ill.
Check out our resource library for some of our favourite flavour ideas!
Mark up that bottle.
Divide your bottle into increments and mark each with the time by which you’d like to drink it. Challenge yourself to meet that goal each day!
While I don’t utilise this tip myself, I try to keep track of how much is left to drink in my bottle throughout the day. Knowing the approximate amounts is a good motivator, too, it seems!
I’ve incorporated a water tracker into my bullet journal a few times, but I’ve found that using my Fitbit app’s built-in tracker has worked best for me, personally.
Add it to your routine.
You’re going to eat sometime today, right? Why not plan to drink a cup of water just before. One just after? How about one right before you wake up or right before you go to bed? Make it a habit and you won’t have to think about guzzling!