Stress can cause dehydration, and dehydration can cause stress. No matter which came first, the simple solution is to drink more water. The association between drinking water and stress is well documented. Our brains need water to operate properly. If you’re dehydrated, your brain is being taxed, which can lead to increased stress levels.
Unfortunately, when we’re running around on vacation, we forget to stay hydrated, and when we do finally remember, it’s often too late. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. It’s best not to allow your body to get to this point, especially while traveling.
Two simple ways your body lets you know if you are dehydrated:
- Do you feel thirsty? It sounds simple, but thirst is the way your body it telling you: “drink some water”.
- The darker in color and stronger the smell of your urine, the more dehydrated you are. If you see these signs, again, drink some water.
It’s recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily (if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 oz.). Drink it slowly throughout the day and not the entire amount in one or two sessions.
So if you’re feeling a little tense on your next vacation, a simple glass of water might be just what the doctor ordered.