Baz Luhrman might espouse the virtues of suncreen over a myriad of other suggestions he makes in his 1997 single ‘Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)‘ but if there is one thing I could tell you to do which would change your life and have almost immediate benefits it is drink more water. Seriously, I cannot begin to overstate the importance of staying hydrated and the impact this will have on both your physical and mental health.
A large part of blogs and podcasts on personal growth and productivity these days focus on morning habits or rituals. (Note that while some people will argue that habits and rituals are different, in the context of a morning regime to me they are the same thing – regime is another word that could be used). Of these habits drinking a glass or more of water almost as soon as you get up is a common theme.
I have to admit, for a long time I eschewed the conscious drinking of simple water in quantities enough to keep me hydrated, relying instead on tea, coffee and juice (coke or lemonade or squash). I laughed at the idea of wandering around the office sucking on a hiking bottle of water as if I was tramping across the Serengeti (I still do as far as the water bottle is concerned – I drink my water from a glass. One has standards!). But listening to a number of podcasts and reading blogs from a variety of people, this common theme kept cropping up again and again. There must be something in it I thought to myself.
The human body is contains about 50% to 65% water, with fat containing about 10% water and muscle containing 75% water. Your muscles have 75% water – and the brain is just another muslce (it also contains about 75% water). Is it any wonder that in the morning, when you’re most dehydrated, that you can feel sore and stiff?
The day, almost the actual moment, I started drinking more water I began to feel better. My body ached less (I’m at an age where natural aches and pains are just beginning to show) and my morning mind fog cleared more quickly. I try to drink at least two litres of water as an absolute minimum everyday and I can really feel the difference when I don’t reach that goal as well as the benefits on days when I exceed it.
It may seem strange to put something as common place as drinking water under personal growth, but as a first step to improving your mind and body drinking more water every day is an easy quick win.