Consistency and Mindfulness

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'd like to share with you a tiny daily ritual that has made a large difference to how I feel throughout the day. It's stupendously simple.

Drink at least one litre of plain water every day.

This is plain water, very unfashionable. Not juice. Not herbal tea. Definitely not soft drink or coffee.

I do this throughout the day.

Downing a litre or so of water right before bed gets the daily quota met, but defeats the main purpose of smoothing out energy and concentration slumps throughout the day.

I stay aware of my energy levels. If I begin to feel sluggish, I am also usually thirsty.
I notice that I get ill within a day or two of low water intake.

Once upon a time I had a huge caffiene addiction. To the point where I drank so much strong coffee that my body began to have an allergic reaction. Trust me, that's boatloads of coffee. I was one of those people who simply could not function without a coffee first. A typical creative type.

After a month or so of carefully making sure I was drinking at least one litre of plain water a day, I stopped craving caffiene. I was not trying for this. It was totally unexpected.

I am no longer a slave to the caffiene hit. The days of the afternoon slump are gone. Being consistently creative is so much easier. Thinking is clearer.

What simple habit can you share that has made a gigantic difference to you, your state of being, how much you get out of your days?

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