When you feel flat? A flat white is the answer. Need to blow off some steam- grab a steaming latte. A simple coffee shop adventure is and always will be one of my 'go-to' pick-me-up life joys, and my next trip was long over-due. So 6weeks coffee-shop free, it was time for a milestone memory to be made. It was time to finally leave the grounds and get a new coffee shop found.
Good morning seedlings. Are you feeling wilted in comparison to your former floral self? For me, I know i've shrivelled in the depth of winter and the current spring transistion is inspiring and requiring me to re-hydrate my life.
But it's not always easy to get those fluids into your system. In fact, a lot of Brits are not getting enough H2O to keep them on the go. Dehydration can be the cause of tiredness, headaches and general low energy, so if you're grumpy, perhaps you need to sip some more.
A National Hydration Council survey found that 89% of the population don't drink enough water to maintain healthy hydration levels. What a load of prunes we are! A raisin nation.
But why? Maybe the excessive rainfall leads to a false sense of bodily moisture levels (<- apologies for using that gross phrase), or maybe we drink too many cups of tea to reap the delicious water benefits?
Well, whatever the reason I have a few fabulous fluid perks and useful tips that I've found motivate me to get my hydration in ship-shape:
Shall we go for water?
Things like tea, coffee and coke contain caffeine which has a diuretic effect. So although you may feel quenched, you are actually not totally reaping all the liquid benefits you could. One or two cups won't negate the liquid in your coffee, but it's something to watch out for! By reducing my coffee intake to one per day, I'm feeling much less parched. And for the soft drink fanatics,, you could always try to get your sweet fix by doing that 'basic' fruit-in-water trend, which, to be fair isn't the same but it's delicious.
Make it social
Team work makes the dream work. I love nothing more than grabbing a bev with friends. Okay, so usually I end up getting a caffeinated beverage but it's all fluid in the grand scheme of things. It just makes such a lovely occasion to find a new cafe or bar and rehydrate your friendships and your cells
And finally, to fully flaunt the hydration flow, there is not much more motivating than getting yourself a brand new beverage container. I mean, if you're going to drink, do it right!
I found my hydration motivation in my new HIP bottle. Yeah so it's basically a large hip-flask-shaped waterbottle, but LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS! It's slimline shape allows it to fit practically in my bag plus it's aesthetic and it helps the environment. In addition, each bottle purchased raises money to aid the Water for People charity.
And if you thought matching underwear made you feel a sense of 'togetherness', try having your waterbottle coordinate with your nail varnish.
I chose a nice minty green to please my eyes and my hydration, but there are many colours to choose from.
So basically, human beings are 60% water so it's no wonder that having upped my fluids, I am already feeling a benefit. If you're going to keep that internal reservoir funtioning optimally, you might as well make it as easy and aesthetic as possible.
....I'll drink to that!
What does it mean to be 'free'? You tell me? It could be free from time limits, free from a physical barrier, free from gluten. I guess it depends on what you class a restraint.
Recently I've had a fair few restraints. My life has been put on hold, and barriers put in place in order to gradually release little freedoms in a way which I can take responsibly to continue my pursuit of health.
This week the time had come, for some restraints at least to be released in a way where I knew I was ready to manage that responsibility. So now, this April morning 2018, this is what it feels like to be free...
WALKING myself out of the room on my legs, MY legs, not four wheels. It was ME walking, I didn't have to harass for a 'taxi' driver or rely on another human to push my vessel. I could do that for myself. And that was freedom.
Freedom to me right now is using my new-found legs to take me to the kitchen, solo, to grab a beverage of my choice. My choice, and to make it and drink it, knowing it was up to me, no questions asked, no support needed. Just fluids and freedom
Freedom is an extra 10 minutes of fresh air, real fresh air, outside. Be it rain or shine that sweet oxygen in mine. For my lungs, for 10 more minutes than before.
Freedom is subjective and relative. Freedom is knowing that there is space to breathe and move and choose. But the true freedom for me right now is knowing that I can do these things from a place of balance, compassion and responsibility. It's rewiring the freedom to embrace that extra inch without taking a mile. Because to take a mile would be to lose that freedom and trap myself once again in my old ways.
The miles will come inch by inch, full freedom will come with time and patience. Today, that's what freedom means to me.
Take a sip from the cup of my mind, and let the thoughts brew...