Have a healthy, happy and hydrated New Year

Let your 2021 New Year’s resolutions quench your thirst for balance. 2020 may be over, but the world has not returned to “normal.” Heightened stress and anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the shorter days of winter can take a toll. One simple act of self-care that you can incorporate into your New Year’s routine with a turn of a faucet is to drink more water!  

Upping your water intake can positively impact your mind and overall wellness. Often New Year’s resolutions center around taking a new approach to add balance and harmony to our lives. Something as simple as drinking more water throughout the day can help boost your mood and keep you healthy and motivated. Check out how filling up more regularly at the tap will help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions:  

Tap into water to wake up: Your body needs hydration after a long night’s rest. According to USA Today, one should start their morning off right with a refreshing ice-cold glass of tap water to begin hydrating immediately. Not only does this add a new layer of self-care to your routine, but ice water in the morning helps kickstart your metabolism for the day. A healthy metabolism can lead to weight loss and increased energy levels.  

Tap into water to focus: When you are dehydrated to any degree, the ability to focus can be extremely difficult. This can lead to frustration and a sour mood. If you feel your brain start to get foggy, take a deep breath and enjoy a glass of refreshing water, straight from the tap. More H2O will give your body the hydration it needs to focus on learning new things, starting new projects and enjoying your hobbies.  

Tap into water to smile: Serotonin is known as the “happy” chemical in your brain. If your body does not have enough H2O, the chemical processes in your brain are not able to function well. This can cause a decrease in the production of serotonin. Drinking water is the fundamental antidote to balancing our mood. Think of it as hydrating for happiness! Maintained and sustained serotonin levels can spark creativity and joy as you embrace a new year. 

Tap into water to decrease stress: When we are stressed, it’s very common to forget to drink water. Yet that’s actually the most important time to stay hydrated. Cooling down from stress can start by drinking a glass of water. Pair a glass of H2O from the tap with daily meditation and you’ll be ready to increase the Zen in your life.