We hear it all the time, “make sure you stay hydrated!” and “did you drink enough water today?” but as a busy care professional, you may be thinking to yourself “I simply don’t have time”. Staying hydrated won’t solve all of your problems, but healthy drinking habits can certainly help alleviate a bit of stress. According to stress.org:
“There is, in fact, a chemical reason why you get more stressed, as when you’re even mildly dehydrated cortisol levels in the body increase. Cortisol production is triggered by the stress response. And one way to balance these chemicals in your brain? Drink more water.”
So, let’s look at what you can do to stay hydrated on the go.
Care professionals providing care in older people’s homes is a bit different to providing care in a residential setting. It can often require a lot of travelling between clients’ with not much time to stop and take a break, so keep a bottle of water in the car so that you can drink on the go.
Try not to pick a bottle that’s too big as you may not be able to drink it properly whilst driving. Aim for around 750ml, big enough to last a few journeys but small enough to not get in the way. Alternatively for the environmentally conscious, grab yourself a reusable water bottle. They’re found in most major supermarkets nowadays so they’re easy to find!
Believe it or not, only 80% of our body’s hydration comes from fluids. The other 20% actually comes from the food we eat. Choosing the right snacks on the go can help you stay hydrated, keep those stress levels down and allow you to do what you do best, care!
Here’s a few examples of some seriously hydrating food sources:
Whilst carrying around an entire watermelon would be very cumbersome, you can pick up packs of sliced melon/fruit pots in the ‘meal deal’ section of most supermarkets. Things like oranges and peaches can be kept in your bag ready for lunch time and cucumber can be incorporated into your sandwich!
If the taste of water really isn’t your thing, it’s worth remembering that any fluids count toward your hydration needs. As mentioned in our ‘Hydration Myth Busting’ article, coffee will keep you hydrated and you can conveniently pick it up from drive-through coffee shops on your way to and from your client’s.
A little morning pick-me-up and hitting some hydration goals at the same time, just remember to go easy on the caffeine. It can have an adverse effect on your sleep if you’re drinking it late in the day, which in turn will affect your mood, performance and concentration.
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