#Microblog Mondays: Kicking The Caffeine.

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As surprising as it still is to me to say that I sometimes struggle with anxiety (I swear, I was NEVER an anxious kid!), over the past few years I’ve had to accept the reality that I do, in fact, struggle with anxiety.

And I will also admit that the past few months have been particularly bad. There are myriad reasons why, mostly having to do with all the words I see which I’m trying hard to navigate as well as the sometimes overwhelming BUSY of my days.

Trying to keep space for it all is really, really hard.

A couple weeks ago, I had a couple days that were so bad, anxiety-wise, that I considered calling my doctor and making an appointment to discuss medication. I have a personal policy to put as little medicine into my body as possible, so it was kind of a big deal to even consider it.

But then a friend of mine told me he gave up caffeine a few years ago because he had been struggling with anxiety as well. He said it was really helpful. I didn’t think I drank a lot of coffee – just a travel mug first thing in the morning. And it was my happy place, my morning meditation. It’s rich and comforting and warm and I love it. Jeff jokes that it’s the coffee that makes me human in the morning, which is really only partially a joke.

But I have noticed that some mornings that it’s only really been after my coffee that I’ve felt the buzzing of the anxiety grow in my stomach and the bands start to tighten around my chest and my mind start to run away with the obsessing.

So I decided to try an experiment. I’d wean myself off caffeine and see how I felt after a couple of weeks.

The first week I had a small cup of caffeinated black tea every day, the second week I allowed myself three days of green tea, then went completely caffeine free with a decaf coffee I found online that is nearly as good as our regular favorite kind.

I’m a little shocked to report that I feel SO MUCH BETTER. Grounded, more balanced, calmer. I’m a lot more sleepy during the day, which sucks, but my body isn’t buzzing and racing in the morning anymore without any reason, and I’m sleeping better at night.

I had no idea how much it was affecting me.

The good news is that I still get my morning cup of comfort – just in decaf form. I am SO happy I was willing to give it up.

Would you ever give up coffee?

 

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7 Responses to #Microblog Mondays: Kicking The Caffeine.

  1. Last Friday I had two flat whites in a row, within the space of forty minutes. At first I was just talkative and giddy, but this progressed to shakes and palpitations. I drank litres of water to flush me out but I still felt antsy at 11pm that night…. I’m a seasoned caffeine drinker but not used to drinking two strong ones in quick succession. It made me think about giving up my one-cup-a-day habit (sometimes two) – it just shows that the stuff is fairly toxic. But no, I’ve tried and I just can’t hack office life without my lovely 10am coffee – props to you for doing it, you’ll be much healthier for it! Maybe I’ll do the same, if the decaff has the same comforting effect?

  2. Middle Girl says:

    I (mostly) gave up coffee nearly a year ago. I say mostly as I do have a cup every now and again, no more than one that given day.

    Congratulations.

  3. Mel says:

    Well this wasn’t the news I wanted to hear. I wanted you to say that it made not one iota of difference 🙂 I could give up the caffeine, I think (how did you get through the caffeine headache), but I would need the taste with decaf. I worry about sleepiness.

  4. Good for you! The great thing is that when you feel out of control, eating, drinking, and exercising are things we really can control. Back when I had anxiety issues, I found herbal tea (decaffeinated of course) was the only thing that physically made me feel better. Supposedly one cup of morning coffee can stay in your body a long time and that alone can disrupt sleep at night. I found that sugar and fried foods didn’t help my issues either. Good luck… xo

  5. Ashley says:

    I have a love-hate relationship with caffeine. If I have too little, I get a migraine. If I have too much, I get a migraine. Usually, I have just one cup in the morning and I’m good. Some days I can have a second cup but never more than two. Way back when I was trying to get pregnant and thinking it was it was going to happen soon (the good old days before infertility), I gave up caffeine and switched to a morning cup of decaf green tea. I had migraines off and on for the first month, but eventually I was ok. Now, I don’t know if I would be willing to go through that again, honestly. I’m glad it has helped your anxiety!

  6. Deathstar says:

    I have and I never thought I would. I switched to hot water and lemon for a while. Then green tea. Though this year, I started back up, not first thing in the mornings but later on as a pick me up. I did notice that I was a bit calmer (or sleepier) but before I HAD to have it or I just didn’t want to live.

  7. Skaught says:

    Egads. Coffee is one of the few reliable joys! I’m glad you feel better, but I can only imagine I’d feel worse.

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