Caffeine can be a great pick-me-up, but it can also be really scary. Like most things, it’s great in moderation, but when you get to the point of needing that morning cup like the air your breathe, it’s time to admit you have a problem. Here’s how to kick your caffeine addiction without feeling like crap in the process.
Stop for a moment and think about how much caffeine you consume. Your morning cup of coffee is obvious, but also consider how many caffeinated sodas you drink. Then think about how many cups of tea you have, caffeinated snacks you eat, and whether your preferred painkiller has caffeine in it. It can add up pretty quickly, and if you’re not careful, caffeine can become a crutch instead of a tool.
A few years ago, I could stop by a convenience store for a cup of coffee at 2am, drink it, go to bed at 4am, sleep soundly, and wake up at 7am to go to work, no problems. That’s when I realised that if I actually wanted to use caffeine as a tool to stay alert, or try the caffeine power nap, I couldn’t do it, my tolerance was entirely too high. I decided to do something about it: I wanted my morning cup or afternoon tea to actually help me focus instead of being a lifeline to stay awake. I cut my intake back bit by bit, and in the process learned to really love coffee and tea, blends, brews, types, and styles all started to appeal to me, and in turn I’m more mindful when I pour a cup.