Drinking plenty of water is not just for your overall health, it actually can get your body moving in the morning. When you boost your morning routine with hydration, you are resetting your body after a (hopefully) long rest overnight. The key is to think about what will get your body feeling its best. If you start off with caffeine, you are dehydrating an already dehydrated body and mind. For optimal focus and better health, you can learn from these tips on how to get hydrated and why it helps your body, mind, and soul.
The body builds up toxins overnight. When you wake up and drink water, all of that can flush itself out. It also helps with constipation, balances hormones, and rehydrates the entire body. Your skin also needs water to stay clear and healthy. The key is to have water handy by your bedside or a cup ready to drink so you can have some first thing upon waking.
Our brains are 75% water, which means it needs to stay hydrated to focus at its optimal best. A morning glass of lukewarm water is actually a great boost to your mental health and clarity. If you are feeling less than sharp, a little fuzzy or foggy, it may be that you are not drinking enough water. When you are hydrated, your brain can work better than when you drink too much caffeine or have a lot of sugar.
Drinking for Health
When you are thinking of changing your morning routine to include water, you might consider some things that will help you. One of them is how much to drink. Roughly 20 oz. of water or 2.5 cups is the recommended amount to start your day off. It helps to drink smaller glasses first thing in the morning and again with breakfast. You might also consider adding some cucumber or other fruit and veggies to it for a refreshing beverage. Even if you are not sure about adding water to your morning routine, try to incorporate small glasses in the morning for a time and see how you feel. Drink a small glass, then get in some meditation and exercise. Follow that up with more water and see what happens. You may even consider keeping a journal so you can track how you are feeling as you start this new habit. Some tips:
- Think of it as building a daily habit versus a ‘cleanse’
- Avoid eating too close to waking to give your body time to rev up
- Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go (home, car, work) so you can keep refilling it throughout the day
- Check in with friends and accountability partners to stay focused on your goal
One of the challenges of being in recovery is that you may be used to reaching for alcohol or other things to fill your mind and body. Remind yourself when you drink water you are taking care of your body and mind with good habits. If you start having cravings or feel triggered, check in with a sponsor or your therapist. Be sure to tell them how you are feeling and never start anything you are not comfortable with before talking to a treating physician. The key is to move towards healing, not make yourself feel worse. You don’t need a ‘water cleanse’ to stay hydrated. Just take it easy, start small, and begin to incorporate it into your morning routine until you start to feel the benefits.
Changing up your daily routine is hard, especially after you’ve been doing it one way for so long. The key is to think about how you want your recovery to look and set intentions and goals. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.