Last week I put in a plea for anyone experiencing anxiety, low mood, stress etc to EAT.
Today – predictably perhaps - it’s this.
Anxiety can be blamed for a dry mouth – so can the dehydration that results through drinking too little.
Too much stress can make you tired all the time – so can being short of enough hydration to enable your body’s systems to work properly, including your thought processes.
I have hypnotherapy clients who are school girls who don’t drink all day until they get home, and older clients who only drink 3-4 drinks a day because ‘they don’t often get thirsty’. It’s as if drinking is an optional extra and that there is no connection between how hydrated you are and how you feel.
Every single process in your body depends on water being available, and if your body’s various operations are all competing too hard for the finite amount of water you have inside you – guess what, something will suffer, and the odds are you’ll feel bad – anxious, edgy, low or irritable.
You need a lot of water. Ideally fresh filtered water at room temperature, but first just get enough in any reasonably healthy form.
Add up everything you drink (fizzy drinks and alcohol don’t count!) throughout the day. Look at how near that is to between six and eight 8 ounce glasses and then identify ways in which you can get it a whole lot nearer to that . If you are out in hot weather or exercising vigorously then of course, drink more.
Make it easy for yourself to drink frequently – always have a drink nearby. If it’s easier use a straw. Keep some water by your bed, by your desk, in your handbag, in your car.
And remember, NOT feeling thirsty can be a sign of dehydration.