Self-Care: Drink Plenty of Water

My name is Berin and I haven’t been drinking enough water. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee is my preferred delivery system. I know that there’s conflicting science about whether or not drinking coffee actually dehydrates you (please, leave your opinion and links in the comments below), but it doesn’t matter. For whatever reason, when I finally crashed I was dehydrated. When I read up on what the signs, symptoms, and causes of exhaustion were, the first thing that I added to my self-care routine was to make sure I drink plenty of water.

When I first get up in the morning, before I have coffee or anything else, I drink two full glasses of water. Okay, I’m lying. One of those has a vitamin tablet in it, which turns the water into something resembling sugar-free orange soda. I still count it. Before each meal I drink another full glass of water. Even if I did nothing else, that’s five classes right there. I usually drink another glass with a meal, because it’s rare for me to drink stuff like juice, soda, or iced tea these days.

Drink Plenty of Water

I have an alarm on my phone that goes off every two hours. The first is an admonition that office hours have begun, so if I’m not already at my desk I need to get to work. After that, it reminds me to move periodically. The phone is intentionally placed on the other side of the room, so I have to get up to shut the alarm off. Then I can stretch, have a snack, go to the bathroom, clean something, do anything that doesn’t involve staring at a screen for about 10-15 minutes.

What I’ve added to this little break is drinking a glass of water. Get up, turn off the alarm, have water. If I don’t finish it before the break’s over, it goes back to my desk with me and I sip on it until the next break. That’s four more glasses — start of work, mid-morning, mid-afternoon, end of work. With the two in the morning and at least one with each meal, that’s a minimum of nine glasses per day.

I have to say that since I’ve started doing this I do feel better. It’s helped me to cut back on coffee. Yes, I have to go to the bathroom a little more frequently. Thankfully I do work from home and don’t have a boss keeping count (seriously, my life in the corporate world was creepy and oppressive). It’s been an easy change to make, and the payoff has been worth it.

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