How many cups of coffee do you drink on an average per day? Do you feel that you can’t start your day right without sipping your cup of coffee? Do you find it hard to focus on whatever you ought to do until you’ve had coffee? Do you experience headaches whenever you miss the chance to do your morning sips? If you’ve got four “YES”, then you must have some reality check and see how you can go about it because as we see it, you’re more or less addicted to coffee.
- Caffeine may no longer have the same effects it once had.
- Daily caffeine consumption amounts are out of control.
- Feelings of irritability and loss of concentration are usual if you haven’t had one in a while.
- You treat your mugs of coffee as your energy booster and your cups of tea your stress reliever.
- You suffer from withdrawal symptoms whenever you try to stop the habit.
- You lie with the amount of coffee you’ve had for the day.
- Caffeine consumption is leading to health problems.
Since we all know that quitting caffeine and recovering from any form of addiction aren’t really easy, we pull off the following ways to help you with your “I-want-to-quit-coffee-now” goals.
1. Cut Down.
This may seem pretty obvious but it’s a really good start. Quitting caffeine abruptly can do more harm than good. The “cold turkey” approach increases your exposure to coffee addiction withdrawal symptoms. So, if you currently drink six cups of coffee per day, for example, make plans to gradually cut that to four, and then two, and so on. Caffeine withdrawal isn’t serious, but it isn’t fun either. It leads to headaches, crankiness, and tiredness for 1-2 weeks which you certainly do not want to experience.
2. Set Your Last Sips Of The Day At An Earlier Time.
Coffee isn’t totally bad, a cup of coffee can still be tolerable. However, since caffeine can stay in your system for many hours, you need to work towards having your last coffee earlier in the day. This way you don’t find it difficult to catch some good sleep at night.
3. Change Your Routine.
The psychological aspect of any addiction tends to be a much greater pull than any physical aspect. So if normally you’d sit down at work for a coffee break, then walk around the block instead. Or if you’d usually meet your friends in a coffee shop, still meet them there but instead of ordering your favorite latter, go for some fresh fruit juice. Mixing up your routine a bit to loosen coffee’s influence is a good practice. And since we often make it a habit of accompanying certain activities with certain food and drinks, we really need some overhaul. If caffeine consumption is linked to a routine, you will need to address the routine. Do it one small step at a time. Then you’ll be surprised that as you work your way to improving your habits. You’ll be contributing little by little to changing your lifestyle, too.
4. Regularly Remind Yourself Why You’re Drinking Less Coffee.
Whenever you’re tempted to drink coffee, recall how jittery, on edge, nervy, or irritable you may feel when you have too much. In case you feel tired during the day and want some boost, find some time to rest because that’s what you really need, not artificial stimulation. Power naps can do wonders in keeping you feel more energized and recharge your ‘batteries’. Some studies have shown that a power nap is more helpful than a cup of coffee. The optimal power nap is a 20-minute siesta taken at about 2.30pm. Bear in mind that your cups of coffee are just “occasional treats” and not your oxygen tank that you need in order to survive.
5. Be Motivated.
Feel free to print and post this infographic in a place where you can see it often. This will help you with your coffee addiction recovery programs.
6. Find Some Better Alternatives.
As you try to quit one step at a time, you may opt to try healthier alternatives. There is herbal, ginger, red ginseng, and green teas. Though they may still have caffeine contents, it is definitely at significantly lower levels. Remember that people don’t actually realize how addictive coffee can be. So before you develop a strong dependence on the daily dose both physically and mentally, deal with it as soon as possible. You might not know that you’ve become more than just a coffee lover.