Note from me: I'm coming down with the flu, it seems, and I'm growing less coherent. So if my sentences run and end up half finished, forgive me.
So today's piece of advice isn't all that make or break, but it's definitely a tip I wish I knew when I started.
We need it.
Not coffee, tea, sugar, soda or any other fluid.
The others are nice, but the energy they give you aren't permanent. And after the initial high, they'll do more damage to your concentration than having gone without. So you drink more of them, and the resulting crashes will be a bit worse, until you can't go without the drinks at all.
Which is perfectly fine if you're into that sort of thing.
But please. Do me (and you) a favor and drink a glass of water. If you don't like the taste, add mint. Or lemon. Or strawberries. Or all of the above. But get some water in.
You brain craves water. If you drink caffeine, you just dehydrate it more. That's why you get head-aches when you stop.
But yeah. I know how hard it can be to start drinking water when you're used to fizz, sugar and caffeine. So here's my tip. Keep a jug and glass at hand. And drink one glass. If you feel thirsty, drink another. Repeat through the day.
Also, if your mind feels fuzzy after a long day, go for water. Usually it's just dehydration.
Before you know it, you'll be a regular water guzzler.
What's your preferred drink? Will you be thinking of me while draining a glass of water? (I hope so. ;-))