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

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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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.


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Freshman Year Of College Taught Me Important Lessons That I'll Never Forget

What people don't tell you about your first year of college.

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Everyone looks forward to the day he or she walks across a stage and receives a high school diploma. The unlimited possibilities that college will hold for you and the new people you will meet are exciting. Going into college, I didn't know what to expect. I had heard stories on how to make friends, what to do to maintain a social and academic life, and how to not allow the new environment to overwhelm me. However, this did not make my transition into college any easier.

I believe the most important thing l learned that no one told me was the fact that not everyone is going to have the same heart as you, and that's okay. There will be people who will make you question if you made the right decision or if you are doing something wrong. I transitioned from being surrounded by people who had similar qualities as me to people surrounded by people who could not be more different. That is part of the college experience.

Everyone comes from somewhere different and think and act in various ways. College has made me more open to different ideas and allowed me to realize that not everyone will always be kind to you. How other people treat you is not always a reflection of how you treat them. College has taught me to let the little things that bother me go because there is no point to waste time on something that is not going to impact you in a positive manner.

The next lesson I've learned since I started college is that it's okay to be alone; it's even okay to want to be alone. One of the things stressed to me before I started college was to put myself out there and do everything I can do to meet new people. Which I did, and am so glad because I have met some people who I couldn't live without now.

However, that does not mean I never want alone time. For me, I have noticed that in order to focus on myself mentally I need a day or two away from all the commotion that is college. Being alone helps me clear my head and focus on what I need to do in order to be my bests self. I came to the conclusion that being alone and being lonely are two entirely different things, something I did not realize in high school.

Overall, the first semester of college helped me understand myself more. I know that in order to succeed you need to make yourself happy first, not anyone else. No matter how important they are to you. College is a tough transition for anyone, no matter how prepared you think you are. And by putting your needs first, it makes the transition a little easier.

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