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Overcoming Barriers

  • “I don’t like water.”
    Add a slice of cucumber, a couple of frozen berries, a splash of lemon, or a tablespoon or two of pure fruit juice for flavor. Also consider purchasing a water filter (a pitcher-style or faucet attachment is fine) for both your home and workplace so that you can have easy access to clean, good-tasting water throughout the day.
  • “But I’m not thirsty.” 
    If your body has grown accustomed to a constant level of chronic dehydration, your body’s thirst signals may have “switched off” as a result. This is an especially common problem among sedentary and older individuals. Interestingly, as you begin to drink more water and your tissues become better hydrated, you may find your thirst signal returning.
  • “Water isn’t going to give me the same energy boost as coffee, tea or soda.”
    You might be surprised by how much positive difference being well hydrated can make in our energy. And there’s no reason you can’t also drink other beverages, too, if you choose. Just strive to make water your primary hydrator of choice, and remember that your body may need extra water to help flush out the sweeteners, caffeine, artificial additives or alcohol you take in from other beverages.

Willingness Affirmations

  • I am willing to nourish my body with its most essential nutrient.
  • I am willing to acknowledge that my thirst instincts may not always be reliable indicators of when I need to drink.
  • I am willing to reach for water before other drinks to ensure my body gets enough moisture without additional caloric or chemical burdens.
  • I am willing to move beyond any resistance to drinking water.

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Potential Roadblocks

  • “When I’m busy with other things, I forget to drink water.” Set some reminders. Program them into your work calendar or smartphone for various times of day. Or coordinate your water intake with bathroom runs or your morning and afternoon fitness breaks. Whenever you return, fill your glass and make a point of drinking half then and there.
  • “I really can’t get through the day without my coffee or soda.” You don’t have to. Consider water something you’re adding for your health and well-being, not a “substitute” that’s replacing everything you enjoy. Start by drinking a glass of water before your morning coffee or your afternoon soda. If you drink multiple cups or cans of other beverages each day, try replacing just one or two with water, sparkling water or herbal tea. Progress from there.

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