10 Reasons You Should Drink More Water

10 Reasons You Should Make Drinking More Water Part Of Your New Year's Resolutions

Everyone says it, but how often do people start doing it?

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It's the season of fresh starts and new beginnings, and the slew of new year's resolutions and vision boards have been taking up our Instagram feeds immensely. More than anything, we have seen declarations of healthier lifestyles and workout selfies, which is a really great thing; but how many people have said that they are going to start drinking more water this year?

It is no mystery that water plays a huge role in a human being's everyday life, but we clearly don't see, or say, that everyone needs to drink more of it. Thankfully, I have a mother that constantly has reminded me to keep drinking water everyday for as long as I can remember, so I've been walking around the house with a cup in my hand or taking bottles of it to school for quite some time now. Needless to say, it is one of my ultimate necessities in my everyday life, and it should be for everyone else, too.

Since this has been something I've wanted to talk about in an article, and the fact that we have just entered a new year, I am going to give you a whole list of reasons as to why you should start drinking the all-natural liquid more often. Make it a part of your new year's resolution, or even make it your one if you don't have one already; whatever the case may be, it is better to start making the best healthy habit now rather than later.

1. It's 60% part of you.

If you don't know this little fun fact already, your body is made up of 60% water; that's more than half of it! This shows how important it is for you to consume the natural liquid- simply because your body heavily depends on it.

2. Water is the BEST medicine- for anything.

Whenever I would feel the tiniest bit unwell and went to my mom, the first thing she would do is ask me if I'd been drinking water that day. This would seriously annoy me because I just wasn't feeling good, but she makes a very good point: water can be the cure to some of the simplest feelings of uneasiness. From period cramps and headaches to mood swings and nausea, all of these symptoms may be a result from dehydration. Believe it or not, water provides the cure for it all.

3. It's the best drink out there for you, hands down.

I would always have a cup of water with me to carry around the house at all times, plus I didn't really grow up with soda constantly in the fridge, so I never really developed the taste for it. Don't get me wrong, I can say that I am a huge fan of sugary drinks as much as the next person (I'm talking to you, apple juice and Frappuccinos), but I also can't thank my parents enough for making water our number one drink in the house growing up. Water is literally the best drink for you, so try leaving a cup of it on your bedside table right before you go to sleep or make it your go-to drink when you go out to eat with your friends- it's free anyway!

4. This is the healthiest habit you can make for yourself for 2019.

It's peak season for starting diets, but what a lot of people forget is how water plays a huge role in this. Not only is it important to drink lots of it around exercise time, but you have to drink tons of it throughout the day to get the results you want. Sources say that drinking water can really help with losing weight by resolving the issues of overeating. Who knew that the key to sticking with a diet was so simple?

5. Water may solve all your beauty problems.

Another thing that water is absolutely great for is your skin. Since your body is mostly made up of this substance, drinking tons of water every day can clear your skin and even prevent wrinkles in time. Forget the expensive skincare products and face masks and just go the all-natural route.

6. It can help your digestive system.

Sometimes people forget that our bodies are constantly working hard to make sure everything is in good shape, and the digestive system is no exception. Millions of people suffer from constipation or even urinary issues, whether it be once in a while or regularly, and water is one of the easiest treatments for this. Just remember this: the more often you drink water, the more "regular" you become.

7. Without it, you could die.

I hate to break it to you, but without water, human beings wouldn't be able to live. Since it literally makes up more than half of our bodies, and takes up two-thirds of Earth's matter, we are simply stuck with the fact that we can't live without drinking it from time to time. Talk about dependency.

8. It is vital for athletes when working out.

It's no brainer that whether you're just on the treadmill at the gym or running in a 5K marathon that you need to bring water with you. As you're perspiring in your body's natural way of cooling yourself down, you're also becoming more dehydrated by the minute. In order to replace the fluids that are coming out of your body, as well as replacing the electrolytes that you've been pumping out, water is the super-juice that will keep the well-oiled (well, watered, I should say) machine running smoothly.

9. It can prevent cancer.

Going back to reason #2, water is the solution for more than just a few problems, but it can also prevent disease. Drinking lots of water every day can lower the chances of developing bladder cancer and can even strengthen your immune system. The best part about all of this is that it's such an easy and everyday way to prevent the bad stuff from happening later on, so spread the good word to drink the good stuff!

10.  It can improve your college life.

Think about it: college is one of the most stressful times in our lives and it seems like headaches and sickness happen more often than not. A big part of the problem is dehydration, simply because us college students forget we have to keep drinking the stuff on the daily. Make it a habit to carry a water bottle with you around campus, or better yet, buy a Swell or Hydro Flask so you make sure you're making water a part of your everyday life. Whatever works for you, invest in it, because water is just as much a part of you as anything else in the world.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Buying New Clothes Every Month Has Been The Key To Helping Me Become Happy With My Body Again

Loving my body in new outfits has boosted my self image so much.

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Being body-positive has been really hard for me to do throughout 2019, despite there being an overwhelming surge in body-positivity around me, whether through my friends and family or YouTube. I look in the mirror and what I see is someone I want to make a jean size or two smaller like in the past. That being said, I've slowly been coming around to accepting the body I have now, instead of bashing it constantly. A key way I've come to accept the body I'm in now is through buying myself something new every month, like a new T-shirt or a pair of jeans or sneakers that help me see myself in a positive light. When I'm in a new outfit, I feel invincible. I don't think about how pudgy my stomach is, or about the hair I have growing in random places, like my neck or on my nose (yes, not just in, but ON too).

My bank account tends to suffer as of recently because of this, but it's worth it when I can genuinely feel good in what I am wearing every day. I like to wake up and think about how many outfits I can put together, ready to post my #OOTD for Snapchat without caring what anyone thinks. I've let social media dictate how I feel about myself more than I care to admit. I see how perfect all the models are in everything they're wearing from brands I know and love, yet when I try the same thing on, it's a whole different ugly story.

I don't enjoy trying things on to avoid the shame I feel when things don't fit me right, or if something that I thought would flatter me actually makes me look like a sack of potatoes. Instagram has really hurt my body image a lot — enough to make me delete it for a week after one post sent me spiraling. Going through those bumps made me finally realize it's not my fault if something doesn't fit. Sizes range depending on the item, it's the clothing items fault, not mine. Now that I see that, it's easier to brush off something not fitting me as it should. I know my size very well in the stores I frequent the most, so it's easier for me to pick out things I know will look good and not have to worry about the sizing issue.

Buying yourself something new is not something you should limit to every few months or longer. You shouldn't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone price wise every once and a while either. Coupons exist, stories always offer you them when you first sign up to receive emails and even texts. You can be crafty and still get a high price item for less. If you treat yourself to cheap things, you won't feel half as good as you want to. Granted, sticking to a limit is important but there's no shame in going over the limit every once and a while.

I love shopping as much as I love country music and writing short stories — a lot. Yes, I get yelled at almost every time I get something new. I need to save my money for important things, like for my sorority or for medical issues that could suddenly arise, or for utilities at my house next year off campus.

However, my mental well-being is not something I can ignore.

I can't push the good feelings aside to save 30 or 40 bucks a month. I don't want to feel as low as I've felt about myself anymore. I'm tired of feeling sad or angry at who I am, and I want to learn how to accept myself as I am. Buying myself something new, like clothes, is what offers a positive light to view myself under.

Whether you treat yourself to dinner at your favorite restaurant, or to face masks, or to a new movie when it comes out — don't be afraid to do it. Put yourself first and you'll realize your worth and how much you've been ignoring it in the face of poor confidence.

My confidence isn't back up to where it used to be, but it's getting there.

It may not be the most cash efficient method of self-love, but my body positivity is better than it was a few months ago. Aerie and American Eagle have really helped me become happier with my body, and I can't thank them enough for being more inclusive for people like me who are learning to love themselves again in a new body.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us hoping to promote our own body positivity, and it could all start with a simple purchase from your favorite store after you read this.

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