Got through Dry January without falling off the wagon? Great news – and the break has quite possibly sparked a few new healthy habits too such as drinking more water.
The challenge now is to carry these healthy new habits through the rest of the year, after all good health is a marathon not a sprint – although maybe it is best to think of it as a leisurely walk.
The psychology of introducing new healthy habits is hugely important – if a change, or even quitting a habit, seems like too much of a difficult task it becomes hard to visualise completing and makes giving up a more attractive option.
Make healthy habits last all year
Dry January is a great way to kick-start a healthy new approach to life and, of course, to cut back on your alcohol intake.
Yet maintaining that reduction in alcohol intake and sticking to a commitment to take more exercise or drink more water over the next 11 months of the year also needs consideration.
It is these long-term shifts in attitude that really matter when it comes to health and wellbeing.
The worst result is excessive drinking in December ahead of Dry January followed by more drinking in February as a sort of ‘catch up’.
This is clearly the opposite of the message the Dry Januarycampaign aims to send.
Drinking water could help you make the right choices
So rather than going all or bust, make a change that will last – and that needs to a change that is enjoyable and sustainable.
Drinking more water is a good place to start. While you may wish to reintroduce alcohol after Dry January, continuing to drink more tap water should act as a reminder and deterrent from overdoing it.
Switching alcohol for water is a particularly healthy choice as drinking filtered water will keep your body well hydrated, without added sugar or calories.
Staying well hydrated means having more energy, which in turn could benefit efforts to take more exercise.
As far as laying down a pattern for healthy living goes, drinking more water is an excellent place to start.
It is important to make sure you enjoy your drink of choice and water is no exception.
Enjoy the taste
Using a Doulton Water Filter will allow you to drink high quality, clean and tasty water straight from the tap. It is convenient, cost-effective and sustainable with no single-use plastic bottles needed.
The Doulton Hydration Challenge has encouraged people to make sure they are drinking the recommended amount of water each day throughout January. Sticking to this habit throughout the year should benefit your, skin, health and bank balance.
Healthy habits should last a lifetime, so don’t give up on giving up just because January is over – make a change that you can stick to.
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