Since becoming a mom, it has been more challenging than ever to stay hydrated. Between nursing a baby and playing with (or chasing after) a toddler, I can easily find myself forgetting to drink enough water.
You know as well as I do that staying hydrated is essential to wellness. That's especially important during the summertime, when lots of sunlight and higher temperatures make our bodies need hydration more than ever.
How am I reminding myself to stop and get something to drink? A while back, I started a new strategy that is helping me win the hydration game.
I started leaving jars of water around the house in a few locations. You can use water bottles, canning jars, whatever you have that closes securely). Leave them wherever works for you: a bathroom shelf, on your bedroom dresser, the kitchen table, by your desk, etc.
Breastfeeding a newborn, (sometimes) a toddler, and also pumping milk to donate to a newborn in need of milk takes a lot of hydration. With my hydration stations, by the end of the day this thirsty mama has been downing 3–4 quarts of water. I've been feeling a lot better—and I bet you will too.
Bonus: My hydration stations have also inspired me to make "movement stations" around the house! In addition to stashing a jar of water, I'll tape up a Mama Moves Card. While I'm getting a drink, I'll take a moment and do some movement too.