Month-Long Self-Care Rituals Foster Flow
During the month of February, the Grow Your Flow blog will take a look at the self-care rituals and tools to help you regain flow even during the toughest of times. Today we look at hydration and its importance to creatives.
Staying Hydrated in Many Ways
If you are like many folks, you have a cup of coffee in your hand as you scroll through this post. It might keep you awake, but does it help with your flow? Well, the short answer is no. Coffee is a diuretic, which draws fluids out of your system. Water and herbal teas retain fluids in your system. Water spiked with fruit or veggie slices – think lemons and cucumbers – helps to draw out toxins from your system that can cause headaches as you write or paint. You do not need a fancy Yeti water bottle either when a Mason jar will do the trick. Shoot for about 64 ounces a day to stay alert and on task as you work.
Some of you might be concerned that you may be running to the bathroom frequently, which will interrupt your work. This may be true for the first day or two, but then your body adjusts to the water intake and you need to go at regular intervals again. Also, others may think that they are already drinking enough fluids with energy drinks. Or, flavored powder or liquid packets that are added to bottled water. Check out the chemicals added to these products. Most of them do not add to your over-all health. Choose fresh flavorings, such as a slice of orange instead of liquid Crush flavoring. You will feel better in the long run.
Take out your journal. Write all of the different combinations of water or types of herbal teas you might like to try. Make a big batch of water the night before so you are ready to get your hydration game plan into full gear!
Here’s to growing your flow,