Summer is in full swing in the northern hemisphere and in many places it is HOT. Many popular summer activities will take you outside, and while being in nature can be a great way to stay mindful, there is an increased risk for dehydration. For us, being mindful in the summer months means paying extra attention to your body, especially when it comes to being hydrated.
Dehydration can sneak up on a person, especially when you’re doing something enjoyable outside. Experts warn that symptoms of mild dehydration in adults include headache, muscle cramps, and dark yellow urine. A good rule of thumb is that if you feel thirsty, you are already on your way to being dehydrated. Drink up!
If you’re looking to get more out of your water consumption than just physical health, Julio Rivera suggests using the act of drinking water as a chance to practice mindfulness. In his article “Commit to Mindfulness for a Week with a Sip of Water,” Rivera challenges us to “be completely present when you take a drink of water for the next week.”
Questions to help you stay present include “Is this water warm or cold? What does the water taste like?” and be sure to pay attention to any feelings or sensations you have after you’ve finished your drink. If you go by what most experts recommend and drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day,* this is a lot of mindfulness!
For some inspiration we have included this song by Lizzo... now go drink some water!
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When it comes to beauty products, the concept of “ethical” products gets complicated. While issues like animal testing might come to mind right away, there are many other variables to consider when trying to find an ethically made beauty brand. Sustainable Jungle divides these variables into two categories: ingredients and business practices. Products that are made ethically will contain ingredients that are cruelty-free, organic and natural, vegan, and palm oil free. Sustainable and ethical business practices, on the other hand, include ethical sourcing, thoughtful packaging, robust waste and resource management, and charitable giving.
This can be a lot to consider, so this week Mindful Supply wants to highlight some product lines that are ethical.