We all know that hydration is important for long term health – there’s no news on that front. But failing to hydrate properly has a more immediate impact, too.
Dehydration kills your productivity in a number of ways, particularly by:
- Causing headaches
- Contributing to chronic fatigue
- Destroying your attention span
But wait, it gets worse.
Your Business Needs Water
A dehydrated entrepreneur is a demotivated one. And that’s bad for business.
If you’re too busy nursing a headache or counting down the hours before you can take a nap, you can kiss goodbye to any progress being made on the professional front. In fact, if anything, your bottom line is going to suffer thanks to your lazy hydration habits.
Such is the importance of maintaining your wellbeing in the workplace.
Don’t fret too much though, because the good news is; hydration is easy. Here are five simple ways to stay hydrated at work.
1. The Watercooler
Seriously, it’s not just an office prop. If your workplace provides you with free water, it’s worth your while to grab a few cups throughout the day.
Leaving your desk for a moment will also benefit you, as sitting for prolonged hours should always be paired with getting up and stretching your legs every so often.
2. Super Size It
If you aren’t keen on constantly leaving your desk for cups of water, picking up a two litre bottle of the good stuff on your way to work each morning is a great alternative.
Leave it on your desk as a constant reminder to drink, and aim to polish it off before home time.
3. Tea & Coffee
If drinking water in its purest form bores you, switch to herbal teas, English tea, or coffee. Their high water content will get the job done.
Although there is some debate about how caffeine can affect hydration, it seems to be a negligible impact.
4. Skip the Soda
A smart way to hydrate includes drinking water with a meal – a practise which has been shown to improve appetite control.
So, next time you’re out for lunch, make sure the only soda you order is a club soda.
Want to pair hydration with a healthy diet? A fruit is your best friend (forever).
Most – if not all – fruits are made up of a surprising amount of water. For example, Strawberries and Bananas are 92% and 74% water, respectively. So, keep a small fruit bowl on your desk for easy access to sweet watery treats.
Okay, so you’ve tried, but you just can’t resist the tangy goodness of a soft drink. The struggle is indeed real.
However, the least you can do is ask for some ice in your drink. This won’t be enough to keep you properly hydrated throughout the day, but it’s better than nothing.
A Healthy Entrepreneur Is a Productive Entrepreneur
A lack of water affects your brain, which in turn affects your business. If your productivity levels wane, try the tips above – because it’s possible that you just aren’t hydrating properly.
To optimize your health even further, have a read of our article, ‘Six Health Hacks to Eat Better as an Entrepreneur’.
Got any other hydration strategies for the workplace? Share them with us in the comments section below!
About the Author
Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.