Depending on where you are in the world, this post may or may not apply to you directly. For those of us in the northern hemisphere of the world where the heat of summer is finally kicking in, this post should hit home. And its a very simple one: STAY HYDRATED! Water is the lubricant that keeps the engines of our bodies functioning. In the heat, dehydration can not only reduce your ability to focus, or work, it can also be dangerous!
When we’re so engulfed with work, it can be hard to listen to our bodies. “One more paragraph” we say, or “One more hour”. Sure it’s good to keep pushing yourself just a little, but when it comes to water I would say getting the water now will lead to two more paragraphs later. We get distracted and often engrossed by what we are doing that we figure we can hold off for a little longer.
Getting up from your desk to get some water is a good way to refresh yourself momentarily. It stretches out your muscles, offers a chance to look at things from a different perspective when you get back. If you can’t afford to leave, have a bottle of water with you at all times. All it takes is taking a sip when you feel thirsty.