Boost Hydration and Win

Who read my hydration pledge post? I did indeed at the beginning of August pledge/promise/sincerely plan to increase the number of glasses of water I was drinking and boost my hydration levels.

Have I managed it? Mostly! I won’t fib and tell you that I religiously drink 8 glasses of water a day like a hydration champ because I don’t however I have gone from no glasses of water and lots of black coffee to¬† 5-6 glasses of water, herbal teas and one coffee a day in just under a month. I’m calling that a success and something to build on.

Why did I take the pledge? For those who don’t click through to the original post I decided to do this for health reasons. I have to say that the results have been encouraging. Apart from that one time that I feel off the wagon, had no water one day and felt utterly awful the next day I’ve maintained my hydration levels and have been feeling great. My energy levels have risen (I’ve even taken on Yoga!), I sleep better and once I got over the initial first few days of weeing like a racehorse all has been well.

Staying motivated hasn’t been the easiest thing, it never is when you are forming new habits however I’ve found great support from Hydr8more and in particular their blog which is packed with reasons why you should hydrate, how hydration helps you and tips for getting the job done (all in a non-preachy fashion which I appreciate).

Furthermore the lovelies at Hydr8more have decided to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win this bad boy (or girl!). The Hydr8more Alkaline Water jug is portable, holds 2 litres and as well as filtering water it introduces valuable minerals. Click through to read all of the other benefits of using this jug.

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COMPETITION CLOSED MIDDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2015. THE WINNER IS JAMIE BERWICK AND HAS BEEN CONTACTED.

IF YOU AREN’T THE LUCKY WINNER YOU MAY STILL BUY ONE OF THESE FABULOUS JUGS FROM THE HYDR8MORE WEBSITE.

Did I say you could win one? Yes.

I don’t run competitions often as regular readers know however I thought this would be a prize worth winning (I’m treating myself to one too as our tap water is “hard” and I could benefit from a mineral packed softer water drink).

To enter…..

Leave me a comment below answering the following question:

What is your best idea for remembering to drink 8 glasses every day

That’s it, no hoops to jump through, no need to promise me the soul of your first born child, just have a nosy at the site, enjoy their no-nonsense blog and answer the question.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition will end at midday on Monday September 14th 2015
  • One answer per person please, multiples will be deleted
  • The winner will be contacted via email shortly after this giveaway ends to confirm their delivery address.
  • The jug will be sent direct from Hydr8more.
  • If I don’t hear back from the winner within 5 days a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winner will be chosen using a randomiser programme.
  • My decision is final
  • I reserve the right to pinch any of your answers to help me remember to keep hydrating!

What are you waiting for? Feel free to share the post so that others might be in with a chance and good luck!

 

*Even if you don’t win it is worth having a think about your hydration levels and what you could do to improve these.

 

 

This Freelancer’s Summer of Self-Love

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I love this time of year as I have both boys boys at home (when they haven’t abandoned me in favour of the local holiday playscheme and all that they offer!). We have breakfasts in bed (mine usually), run down hills screaming, walk, paint, play and simply enjoy quality time together.

The flipside of this glorious coin is the fact that I am a full-time freelance copywriter with a number of regular clients as well as ad-hoc projects ongoing and needing my attention. With only twenty-four hours in a day shoe-horning everything in (otherwise known as the school holiday juggle) may be tough however I’ve always relished the challenge and haven’t dropped a child, a client or anything else yet.

This post isn’t so much about the juggle though, it’s about adding something else to my already busy week and making sure it gets done. This is my self-love time. Working for myself I don’t have sick days, don’t have properly defined (and never company paid) holidays and have a tendancy during the busiest periods to go a bit mad and over-work myself. As I refuse to give any less that 100% all aross the board real burn-out is a real thing and I’ve got very close to the flame a few times.

My self-love focus works two ways, firstly I make sure that there is time in the week just for me, to read, to take an extra long shower, to blast music for ten minutes and dance, to go for a walk (on my own); whatever I want or need to do which enables me to kick back and enjoy myself. The second part of my self-love summer pledge is to take better care of myself. I’m organising my time better and taking proper breaks.

I’m taking half an hour to eat lunch in the garden or at the dining table rather than throwing something down my neck at the desk, I’m getting up at 4am to take advantage of the quiet work time but I’m making sure I have a decent bedtime with fresh bedding and comfy pjs. I’ve made a hydration pledge (this makes me feel better and is important for my health) and overall I’m simply ensuring that I take more care of myself.

I’m important, I matter and I can’t afford to get lost underneath paperwork, deadlines and the sometime downright nuts schedules that parents try to squeeze themselves into.

And you know what? I’m feeling fantastic. I’m much more relaxed, more productive, unrushed and am thoroughly enjoying my summer. Self love summer looks set to become less seasonal and more of a conscious and ongoing intention to ensure that I look after myself.

What’s even better is that me taking more me time is something that my family completely support and have been pushing for (for some time!).

Do you make sure you take time out to look after you? You should!

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