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!