This post is the first in a series of posts about Happy Mom Habits. They are simple habits you can form to make your life easier, healthier, and more fun.
Are you feeling low on energy? Do you find yourself snacking on chips and cookies late in the day just to get your energy levels up? I’ve been feeling the same way for a while now.
I tried to do a lot of different things to improve my health, hoping it would improve my energy levels too. I started walking, made sure we ate more fruits and vegetables, and even cut back on fast food (which is hard to do when you’re exhausted!).
Finally, last month I decided I was going to do just one thing:
DRINK MORE WATER.
Almost all of my low-energy symptoms were also symptoms of dehydration. When I would drink something, I’d usually drink it up right away. I knew I wasn’t getting enough water, so I thought that trying to up my water intake couldn’t hurt.
I started out with the goal of drinking an extra bottle’s worth of water each day, beyond what I would normally drink with meals. To my surprise, drinking that extra bottle of water was super easy, and I quickly upped my goal to drinking two extra bottles a day.
Although the results weren’t immediate, I’ve gradually started to notice my energy increasing. I used to have a lot of ups and downs with my energy levels, and now they’re fairly consistent.
In the book The One Thing, by Gary Keller, it says that, on average, it takes people 66 days to form a new habit. I’ve been drinking more water for about 30 days now, and while it’s helping me with my energy levels, it’s not something that feels automatic. My plan is to focus on this habit until it DOES feel automatic, and then start forming a new Happy Mom Habit.
There’s a lot of great information online about the benefits of drinking water, and ways to make water more palatable if you don’t enjoy drinking it plain. Check out my Pinterest Board, “Drink More Water” to learn more about the benefits of drinking water. As I find more resources, I’ll add them to the board:
What habits help your energy levels?
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