There’s an idea called the hierarchy of needs, and it basically says that when your basic needs are not met, you aren’t able to reach for anything higher like fulfillment or enlightenment.
If you’ve ever been so tired that you can’t even concentrate, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Taking care of our physical health, our body will give us the energy and stamina that we need to feel good and be alert so that we can focus on reaching for something higher in our lives.
Today we’re talking all about our physical health and 2 easy ways to make sure we have more energy.
Hey, it’s Doug Cartwright and I’m the founder of The Daily Shifts and I’m going to help you relieve the pain and anxiety from your life so you can finally experience happiness and purpose.
After using the techniques and practices we’ll talk about together, you’ll love the person you’ve become and you will enjoy experiencing life at a higher level.
You are on the fourth day, day 4, of our happiness habits best week ever challenge.
Today we are talking about physical health, specifically sleep and hydration.
When were sleep deprived, how effective are we at work? Being exhausted literally diminishes our creativity.
The same goes for being dehydrated… we lose energy, we experience cravings and we have brain fog.
When we feel like this, we’ve been taught to run out and grab a coffee or an energy drink, but really what we need is very simple.
Let’s talk about water.
Here’s some crazy stats for ya: Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.
The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.
Drinking more water lubricates the joints, boost collagen production and skin health. It regulates body temperature, and also maintains our blood pressure.
Water provides energy, fights brain fog, and eliminates toxins.
Now let’s talk about sleep.
Have you noticed that not sleeping is almost a badge of honor? Some people brag about only needing 5 hours of sleep… or they’ll say something like “I was up really late working and I only needed 4 hours!”
Eventually, this lack of sleep will catch up to us and will negatively impact our work and our personal relationships.
Sleeping a full 8 hours makes us more productive and more likely to have more meaningful connections. When we feel our best our relationships improve as well.
Sleep strengthens our immune system and plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
When you add the simple habits of drinking more water and sleeping a full 8 hours, you’ll notice that you’re less stressed and less exhausted.
Proper water and sleep provides mental clarity and improves our mood. It decreases our anxiety and depression and helps us interact more positively in our social situations.
You’ll notice that you are more emotionally stable.
And you will make better decisions.
Your cognitive abilities such as memory, attention span and problem-solving will also be improved. When we are well-rested and hydrated we are able to engage in more creative lines of thinking and we will be more pleasant to be around.
So here’s your tip for the day.
Make sleep and hydration a priority. If you need help for these reminders, use The Daily Shifts app.
Make it a goal to drink 6 bottles of water per day and sleep a minimum of 8 hours. This will drastically improve the quality of your life.
Now here’s your growth challenge: If you really want to step it up, sleep with your phone outside of your room and commit to a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. By doing this, you’ll fall asleep faster and will avoid harmful blue light that disrupts your sleep patterns. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and excited to attack the day.
Thank you for watching today. If you learned something new, make sure you mention it in the comments below and post your progress on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #thedailyshifts and #bestweekeverchallenge
I cannot wait to see the person you’re becoming.