So I spoke to you around 3 weeks ago about starting the happiness project (you can read that post here) and this is my first update with a mini review of sorts, about water. Yes not your standard ‘beauty blogger’ review and something that might seem a bit boring, but upping my water intake this past few weeks has had a massive effect on my mental health!
The Plan. So before starting my mini experiment, my daily fluid intake consisted of diet coke and coffee. That’s it. I know that’s awful and because I have PTSD the high caffeine intake is really bad for my nerves. I decided the ‘goal’ would be to drink 3 pints of water a day, easy for most people but I have never been a fan of plain water and obviously I have been in a bad routine for years so it was a bit of a challenge for me!
I made a plan to drink a pint of water in the morning, one around lunch time and then one before dinner and I did find for the first few days I actually had a pretty stonking headache, I think it was the caffeine withdrawal and I will admit I was struggling with that! I also found I broke out, a lot! My skin has never looked so rubbish and I took it as a sort of detox side effect. I knew I wouldn’t be able to stick to plain water everyday so when needed I decided to add lemon or some sugar free squash to take the edge off (that sounds bizarre but plain water definitely isn’t something I enjoy drinking!)
The Results. After around 10 days of sticking to the plan everything just started to click into place, my skin cleared up and I started to notice some serious changes to my mood too. I would even go as far as to say my life has changed because of this, how ridiculous does that sound? But seriously it has made such a difference to my life. I started to feel more alert during the day, no longer feeling that ‘getting through the day’ haze by lunchtime.
It meant I was able to really get things done, I started organising and planning things and by the end of the day I was actually tired. Now for someone who has suffered with insomnia for years and night terrors when I do manage to get a few hours sleep, this has been a revelation. I no longer get to bed a 5am and wake up in the afternoon, I am able to sleep at night and wake up really early! I feel positive too, my mood just seems more steady, I don’t have crazy highs and lows and I’m not as irritable anymore.
It’s been just over 3 weeks now, so almost a month and I will definitely be keeping this up, it’s made such a massive difference to my moods and it’s such a simple change to make, the added bonus of my skin being a lot clearer and my fine lines and dark circles all but disappearing is pretty amazing too!
I’ve already started on my second the happiness project post so I really hope you are enjoying the series so far, let me know what you think!