Caffeine and Anxiety
There are a few things that I don’t do anymore, that I probably should. Types of things I used to do soon after I left the hospital. Well this is me trying to get back to it. Example, I went to the gym for the first time in months. I plan on continuing to go a few times a week.
Another example? Caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant. That means bad news for your anxiety. It stimulates your “fight or flight” response. Studies show that this response is not only bad for your anxiety, but could even cause you to have a panic attack. And as with the symptoms of anxiety, one too many cups of coffee may leave you feeling nervous and moody.
When being given tips about anxiety, one main point is to limit your alcohol and caffeine consumption. I personally rarely ever drink, so that’s easy. But what about caffeine? I was doing well with cutting back on my caffeine for a little while. I was done drinking caffeine by 4pm, and so on. Now is the moment I blame my new schedule for making this stop.
That’s just an excuse, and honestly, I should know better. So what do you say we do something about it?
One tip I read about was to start keeping a “Caffeine Journal”. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of obsessed with journaling. So this is an easy one that I can incorporate into everyday life. Doing this can inform you on exactly how much you are consuming on a daily basis. This is a good tool to use when you start cutting back on caffeine. It will tell you exactly how much you should cut down on.
If you are like me and drink coffee everyday, cut back gradually on the number of cups a day you have. If you drink four cups a day, go down to one a day. You could also substitute one of your cups with decaf. Or you can substitute your caffeine with something else. Like green or black tea. Tea can give you a boost, but has less caffeine than coffee. You could also try Dandelion root coffee, which contains no caffeine and is made of dried, chopped, and roasted dandelion roots.
This isn’t just about coffee. Keep these tips in mind when drinking soda or energy drinks.
When a caffeine craving hits, try taking a moment to relax. Do some deep breathing, and drink some water. Seriously drink lots of water. This will help with cravings. Also try to remember why you are cutting back in the first place.
Here are just 10 benefits to quitting caffeine:
1) Better sleep
2) Better mood
3) Decreased anxiety
4) Lower blood pressure
5) Financial savings
6) Breaking an addiction
7) Fewer headaches
8) Healthier (and whiter) teeth
9) Healthier digestion
10)No more jitters
Of course there are probably more benefits than this, but this is what I thought of off the top of my head.
Truly this is another important part of my journey. I will keep you up to date on how I am doing both with cutting back on caffeine and going to the gym regularly.
That’s all the time I have for today, kids. I hope you will continue to follow me on my journey.
Until next time, Namaste