As we get prepared for our big eight weeks of shows and events, one thing I like to keep in mind is my daily water intake. Especially for long trips and having to walk around everywhere, it's really easy to forget to drink water, and then feel the consequences of that later. (Headaches, fatigue, muscle soreness, irritability, the list goes on for me.) Even on a regular daily basis, I've found that a lot of people are just not drinking enough water. I especially used to drink juice and soda as a daily (hourly?!) routine, and thought it would just be too hard to switch.
I don't think you have to be mindful really in any way to be successful at drinking more water, unless you're used to drinking a lot of soda and other sugary drinks every day. Even then, many of these are super easy ways to get more water in.
get a measured water bottle
By seeing that my water bottle measured 32 oz., I knew that I just needed to drink two of them each day to get a decent water intake. It's a lot easier to remember it that than an arbitrary amount like "8 glasses." This is also why we drink out of mason jars - they have measurements on the side so I always know how much I'm drinking, water or not.
drink with a straw
This makes a glass (or bottle) go by so much quicker than sipping. Also, it makes your drink look really cute or cool or whatever you'd like. Drinking water is way more fun with a bright slice of lemon and a pretty floral paper straw. (Or a glass or meetal straw, if you prefer!)
add lemon (or other fresh fruit)
I almost always add lemon to my water. Even after filtering our tap water, it can taste not-so-perfect. The lemon just makes drinking it really quick and refreshing. You can use strawberries or lime slices or halved grapes, or even cucumber for a really wonderful flavored water.
eat more fresh fruit & vegetables
Especially things like melons, citrus, celery, greens, and other green vegetables. This isn't so much a "drinking" thing, but by eating whole foods that are high in water content, you're naturally consuming more water. If you're not quite used to 60+ ounces of water a day yet, this is a great way to stay hydrated in any season, but most of all in summer.
use a water filter
If you hate the taste of your water, or even if you don't, you might want to consider a water filter. Our building's pipes are very old and when I put a filter on our faucet I instantly tasted a difference. It just makes it easier to drink and is probably better for your health, too.
use the rubber band trick
You can try this on any water bottle that has some kind of measurement. (Whether that's a Dasani bottle or a reuseable one.) Just decide how much water you want to drink and divide it by the amount your bottle will hold. Since mine is 32 oz. and I want to drink 64 oz., I want to drink two bottles per day. To make sure I'm doing that, I can put two rubber bands (or hair ties) around the bottle - when I drink a full bottle, I take the band off and put it around my wrist. When all the bands are off, it means I've reached my water goal for the day. Easy!
choose water over soda when eating out
I always thought of myself as someone who just didn't drink soda, but when I actually thought about it, I was drinking it almost every day if I ate fast food or at a restaurant. The food at these places are flavorful enough, and soda is just a habit that we've gotten used to. I still drink soda when I get chinese takeout because it's fun, but every day I keep hydrated (and enjoy my food more) by pairing with water. It's cheaper, too!
If you love soda and drink it every day, or just want some variety, you should try carbonated flavored water. If you don't have a fancy soda stream, you can buy two-liters of carbonated water for really cheap. Mix carbonated water with fruit juice (I love fresh-squeezed orange juice or pomegranate juice) and fresh fruit for a refreshing alternative to plain water.
add flavor with ice cubes
This one is quite easy and you can make a lot of it at once. Juice some lemons, limes, oranges, and whatever else you can find (or buy freshly-squeezed juices) and pour them into ice cube trays. Add fresh herbs like mint or whole chopped pieces of fresh fruit. Mix and match flavors in your water to cool you down and give extra flavor.
drink water when you first wake up
To help you rehydrate after sleeping and wake you up, drink a glass of water right after you wake up - it'll get your day started off on the right foot!