Drinking Water

Stress Relief Tool – Drink More Water

Being even just a little dehydrated can lead to feelings of anxiety, exhaustion, and overall irritability.

Considering that our bodies are mostly water, you need to be aware of the vital importance of hydration. Not everyone realizes that the health benefits of hydration extend to stress relief. Being even just a little dehydrated can increase our body’s levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, leading to feelings of anxiety, exhaustion, and overall irritability.1

To avoid getting dehydrated, calculate how much water your body needs at rest. That’s working at a desk, puttering around the house, reading, and doing all of the other things you do throughout the day. This is your bare minimum water requirement for what your body needs to function.

The simple equation for determining this is to divide your body weight in two and drink half your body weight in ounces (not literally half your weight). So, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need 100 ounces of water per day if you’re not doing anything strenuous. If you’re working out or hiking at a high altitude or outdoors, you’re going to need to add to those 100 ounces.2

When I first found out about this equation, I had a very hard time drinking that much. However, I soon noticed that I felt better, and I started losing weight as I drank more and more water. The downside of course were more frequent stops at the bathroom, but that was an excuse for me to get up and move around during the day. I also found that adding a little Stevia natural sweetener helped make drinking water much easier for me, especially when I discovered different Stevia flavors from SweetLeaf.com.

 

  1. Santas, D. – Six Mind-Body Tips for Less Holiday Stress
  2. Elkhaim, Y. – The Truth About How Much Water You Should Really Drink

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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