For a year or so, I became a regular coffee drinker. It started off with Cold coffee Thursdays and then ramped up a bit, notch by notch.
I was hooked onto 2 cups of Nespresso coffee for a while and those capsules ran out. Then I switched to regular Nescafe. What started off with 1-2 teaspoons a day with milk usually 2x a day –> then progressed to 1-2 teaspoons a day of black coffee –> 2 cups of Nespresso –> 3 teaspoons black Nescafe –> to a whooping 5 teaspoons to my cup of black coffee EVERY weekday morning! On weekends, I’d be off coffee.
Then, I started working from home since the last week. I had a cup of single-serve black coffee the first two days and on the third morning, I just decided to skip coffee without much of a thought. That day went super sluggish and unproductive. The next morning again, I did not have any coffee and by evening, I had worsened. I was experiencing blues and laziness like never before. I felt unmotivated the entire time, not knowing what was it that caused this sudden dip in my productivity. That afternoon, I casually googled “no coffee – effects” without any expectations. And BOOM! I could put a finger to what exactly was the trigger for my sudden drop in energy levels. I was experiencing – CAFFEINE WITHDRAWL.
Yes! You read it right. Caffeine is highly addictive, like cocaine, like nicotine or alcohol. Coffee is a LEGIT LEGALLY SOLD DRUG! No wonder we’re so hooked and addicted to it. Over a period of time, our bodies get immune to its dosage and we start consuming more and more caffeine to get the same effects as before. It is called – the tolerance effect. The more I read about the scientific literature, research and experiences of coffee drinkers and quitters, the more I felt convinced to QUIT THIS ADDICTION FOR GOOD.
The first few days have been very hard for me. It has been 10 days now since I had my last cup of coffee. I’ve instead switched to green tea and herbal teas (thyme, chamomile) to keep myself hydrated.
Positive effects for quitting coffee:
- I feel much calmer and less anxious
- Better quality deep sleep
- Ability to focus and be motivated is more intrinsic than substance dependant
- My bowel movements are gradually regularizing without the stimulant! 😀
- I no longer feel like I’m dependent or addicted to something without which I can’t start my mornings yawn-free
- Learning to “give-up” and “let go” of what doesn’t serve me 🙂 (Of course I had to be philosophical about it ;))
I sincerely encourage you to do this #IQuit experiment in your life! Find 1 thing in your life, which you can let go of, for good. FOR LIFE. No looking back. Remember, consumption is eventually a choice. It can be added sugar, coffee, cigarette or something else. Substitute it with something healthier, a better alternative.
Comment below if you would like to give this a try and what would it be that you’d want to consider letting go of 🙂
H i m a l i ❤