Cutting The Caffeine

Updated: Feb 26

I'm breaking up with tea & coffee. Well, the caffeinated (best) versions.

I'm a serial hot drink drinker, getting through around 6 cups of tea or coffee on average per day. It's the first thing I do in the morning, and it's subconsciously linked to things like accompanying a slice of cake or a biscuit, replacing drinking a glass of cold water and helping me push through a few more hours when what my body actually needed was rest.

And, somewhat crazily, my current habits are better now than they used to be. When I was in my early twenties and climbing the corporate ladder, I leaned more heavily towards coffee and would consume between 7-10 cups of tea or coffee PER DAY. It wasn't something I acknowledged at the time, but I believe there's a glorification of grabbing a cappuccino to go, making a fancy coffee at work or even strangely boasting how caffeine doesn't seem to affect you. Strange that we never stopped to think about how all that caffeine was stimulating our central nervous system and raising our blood pressure.

It's not that tea and coffee are bad for you per se, but I've recently noticed caffeine affecting my heart rate and heightening my anxiety. So, after many years, we're taking a break. I'll be switching to herbal teas, natural remedies, more glasses of cold water and protein shakes. Don't worry, I'll keep a box of decaf in the cupboard though for when nostalgia hits.

I'm feeling strangely sad about it all because a warm cup of tea is my comfort fix. But, I'm hoping that changing my hot drinking habits will make me focus on how my body feels and what it naturally needs.

I'd love to hear if you've noticed your relationship with caffeine change over the years and if you've decided to go decaf. Let me know in the comments below.

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