How Water Helps Our Mental Health

Survival Super Squad is all about how nature can help us in our day-to-day lives and one of the most important aspects of that is our mental health. Water has many uses and each of those uses helps our mental well-being. We believe that water plays a significant part in all of our lives and sometimes we forget that it is always there for us. Here are the ways in which water supports our mental health:

Hydration

We all know that horrible feeling of headaches, drowsiness and even sickness from being dehydrated, so it is no wonder that hydration plays a big factor in our mental health. When you feel these awful side effects of dehydration, you (understandably) begin to feel sad and depressed as the fatigue sets in. The great thing about this though, there is a cure and it is sitting in your taps right now! By drinking the healthy amount of water a day, that dehydrated feeling washes away and leaves you happier and more like yourself.


Cleanliness

Showering is one of those things that we do everyday because it makes us physically clean, but did you know that there is a direct link between showering and mental health? People who suffer with mental health find showering a difficult task and therefore lots of the time, can't get it done. By taking those few minutes to wash and feel the water on you, it boosts your mental energy and brings peace to your mind.


Cooking

You may love it, or you may hate it, but cooking is a great way to boost mental health. The reason for this is, you get to see with your own eyes how something turns out. What I mean is, there are a bunch of ingredients that separately mean nothing, but as you follow a recipe, you have full control on what the result is. Studies also show that the more we are in charge of what we cook, the better nutrients we get from what we are eating.


Exercise

This point links to the first one, as for a lot of us, exercise is hard. It can be difficult to get motivated to start a workout because you know how much energy you need to put into it. Having a bottle of water with you when working out is so important for that reason. Exercise is amazing for mental health as it reduces stress and depression and also leaves you with better self-confidence. Water keeps you feeling fresh and ready to workout which in turn boosts your mood.


Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that a grapefruit contains 91.6% water and oranges contain 86.8%. There are many people out there who don't actually like drinking water, so another wonderful way to get it into your system is through your fruits and veggies. Evidence shows that eating fruit and vegetables lowers feelings of depression, hence the increase in excellent mental health. Keep that in mind next time you want to skip on those greens!


By Pia Talbot

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