How To Drink To Your Health

health, hydration, fluids, summer, hot weather tips

by B. Imei Hsu

With all the fancy beverages out there, is it time to understand what it means to drink water when it's hot outside?

With all the fancy beverages out there, is it time to understand what it means to drink water when it’s hot outside?

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cool basement underground, you have probably noticed that parts of the U.S. are experiencing a heatwave. In the Puget Sound region where Seattle Direct Counseling is located, we’ve been hitting temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s. My fitness club has been filled with people running indoors in order to get their miles in without wilting, as many of us are not accustomed to exercising in weather that starts in the 70’s in the early morning and keeps climbing. We’re more used of jumping on a plane to Maui and laying in a hammock with a good book while a cool breeze passes by!

Yet every year, I see people taking actions in contradiction to the increased need to hydrate properly in warm weather. Sure, they might move from a latte to an iced latte, but there is a lack of connection with exactly what goes on when the mercury rises and you feel hot. I thought I’d give our readers a quick reminder on drinking for your health the smart way.*

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    Five Ways to Text With Love

    by B. Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC
    Ever thought about how much time and effort you spend texting your main squeeze? Find out how to be super smart about love and texting.  And watch where you're going!

    Ever thought about how much time and effort you spend texting your main squeeze? Find out how to be super smart about love and texting. Don’t text and move around, OK?

    While walking from the office to my bus stop, I watched a young woman texting someone as she briskly walked towards a busy intersection. She was engrossed in a text conversation, furiously tapping on her virtual keyboard, and three steps away from walking against a red light. When she was ready to step into oncoming traffic, I yelled, “Stop now!” and touched her arm. She looked up at me with a startled expression, oblivious to what almost happened to her, then turned her attention back to her phone without removing an earbud of her headphones.

    The two other witnesses standing nearby shook their heads and smiled. It’s like we knew what the other was thinking. Next time, she won’t be so lucky.

    Isn’t that awful? What is so important in that text that a person would risk her own life?

    Let me share with you five things I’ve learned about texting the one you love, so you can become super smart about making the most of your mobile device while not getting tripped up (no pun intended) on the curbs of modern love foibles. It’s one thing if you get hit by a truck (and I really hope you don’t!); it’s another if you throw your own relationship under the technology bus.

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      Talk To Yourself

      Talk To Yourself: The Value of Self-Talk For Just About Everything

      Self-Talk, Self-Regulation, Positive Thinking, Psychology

      When we talk to ourselves, who is listening? Surely not Potato Cat! Learn more about the power of self-talk for just about everything in life.

      When we talk to ourselves, who is listening? Surely not Potato Cat! Learn more about the power of self-talk for just about everything in life.

      Have you ever caught yourself talking to yourself out loud? Ever wonder who is doing the talking? And who is that self talking to?

      Recently, I participated in a 59-mile relay race. Each relay team had five people running two legs, and each leg was separated by the other team members, giving me a chance to dig a little deeper than usual into faster paces by inserting food and rest between the race legs. At the same time, the 50-mile and 50-kilometer ultramarathon racers were on the same course, completing their distances as solo runners. At 6:30am and the sun shining with barely a cloud in the sky, we were about to have an awesome, if not long day, of running.

      Because of the length of the race, the rules did not prohibit racers from listening to music on their mp3 players. Yet as is my custom, I do not run with an iPod, even though there are plenty of scientific studies that show that people exercise longer and report less discomfort when they listen to music.

      Why would I run without an iPod? Why wouldn’t I like the distraction? Why would I fly in the face of science?

      I admit it. I talk to myself.

      If I listen to music, I am too distracted to hear myself saying what it is I really need to hear in the moment. And in long endurance training and racing, you have some time out there to do some thinking! Might as well think the kind of thoughts that transform you from meh to amazing.

      It’s time for me to share with you the value of  positive self-talk, not just for races and performance, but for just about everything in life. I want you to know how to unlock one of my secret sauces to awesomeness.

      Ready? Let’s go!

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