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I tried something for the past month and I can not WAIT to tell you about it.
Anyone who knows me, or reads CIC, knows I die over coffee. I literally rub my body with it. (I also gave that up for a month because I did strictly goat milk soap to see what happened to my skin.. I’ll tell you more soon.) I love coffee, that’s really all there is to it. I used to have one every morning – when I was living in NYC I had about 2 a day, normally.
There’s something about walking around a city with a cup of coffee, you know?
I have to admit this.. and this is very hard for me to say.. but I used to be one of those people who didn’t get decaf people. I’M SO SORRY. I’m literally so sorry LOL. I assumed there was ‘no point’ to decaf and said I would ‘never drink it’.
Ok Krissy, Ok. You’re cool. (Huge eye roll).
Did I say I’m sorry? I’m a decaf drinker now… gah. I totally hopped on that train.
So, why did I stop drinking coffee? Let me explain.
I know that coffee is actually like, good for you? Or so I’ve heard. I’m into that. I also loved one before I would workout, it really boosted my workouts up a bit.
BUT – I eliminated it for a month because I have major anxiety and sleeping issues (I swear I get like 2 hours of sleep a night). I wanted to really pinpoint my anxiety and where it was stemming from. I heard caffeine can make it MUCH worse – so I deleted coffee.
And it was HARD.
Like I said, I went to decaf. Because I simply could not just give up all coffee and be ok. I needed the flavor of it.. it’s kind of like a mind trick? I feel like I’m having it – but it isn’t doing anything. I ordered about 100 k-cups on Amazon (obviously) and started to drink just decaf coffee. At first, I was tired. I won’t lie. I got to work one day and was like holy shit I’m never going to be able to do this.
I totally panicked HA.
I almost caved and got one, but I really really wanted to fix (still do) my anxiety. That was enough to make me follow through with it.
Sleep also played a huge roll in this. I’m really over the 2 hours of sleep a night thing. It makes my days hard to get through. I wanted to be on a schedule and feel a tad bit more energized. Does anyone else have this problem? TIPS.
I could have just taken it down a notch with the cups of coffee a day, but I went all out and eliminated it completely. I figured it would be more beneficial in figuring out everything I wanted to pinpoint.
+ It made me less anxious – for sure. I was completely taken down a notch within one week. My hands weren’t shaky and my chest didn’t feel as tight when I would get anxiety.
+ I was sleeping. FINALLY. I actually have a good schedule going for sleeping and waking. It’s been amazing.
+ I honestly feel more energized. I’m not sure if this is because of not having caffeine, but here’s the thing – the coffee makes me less anxious, and when I’m anxious I take so much energy out of my body. I get exhausted after an anxiety attack. So, deleting the coffee has eliminated my anxiety a bit, which helped with energy.
Honestly, I feel better all around. My mood has been more lively and energized and I just feel more awake. It’s kind of crazy if you think about it. But it has for sure been a major plus.
I think it’s about picking and choosing here. Like for me, the anxiety that takes a ton of my energy away isn’t worth having a rush of energy from a cup of caffeine. You know?
So I picked to get rid of the caffeine, even though I love it.
It’s really about what works best for you.
After a few weeks, I even stopped drinking the decaf so much. I switched to lemon water instead, which is even better.
NOW TAKE NOTE: I will go back to drinking coffee here and there. Absolutely. It’s a fact that I can’t give it up for good. But, when I do have it, I won’t have it past 12pm. I’ll make sure I only have one cup and it’s early in the morning.
When I would drink coffee all day long, I never everrrrr slept.
OK, what about you guys? Have you done this? Also what else are you doing for anxiety?
Happy Friday, sexies!