So, you’re dependent on coffee. Welcome to the club!
There’s nothing like starting your groggy morning off right with an eye-opening cup of Joe. Despite what many people say, coffee is usually pretty good for you. Drinking it is thought to improve your short-term memory and reaction time. Coffee is also believed to help ward off diseases like Alzheimer’s and cirrhosis of the liver. Unfortunately, coffee isn’t good for everyone. If you have heart problems, high blood pressure, a sleep disorder, or suffer from anxiety, your doctor may ask you to quit coffee cold turkey. Dealing with coffee withdrawals can be a challenge. Here are five tips to help alleviate the suffering as you overcome your coffee dependence:
1 – Get something for that headache.
The most common side effect of eliminating caffeine consumption is a headache. Generally, aspirin works best for caffeine headaches. If you can’t take aspirin for some reason, just about any over-the-counter pain medication will be helpful.
2 – Drink a different hot beverage in the morning.
Humans are creatures of habit. If you’re used to drinking something hot in the morning, you’re going to miss the feeling of doing so once you quit coffee. Substitute decaffeinated coffee or decaffeinated tea for your regular morning coffee.
3 – Exercise more often to keep your energy levels up.
If you miss the jolt of energy you get from drinking coffee, consider other ways you can boost your energy. Exercising often and eating lots of fruits and vegetables is one way to give yourself some natural energy.
4 – Reward yourself.
Giving up coffee isn’t easy. So, it’s important to reward yourself for successfully quitting the habit. After a couple of weeks, you may want to calculate how much money you’ve saved not buying coffee. You can use that money to treat yourself to something simple and nice like a movie ticket or a piece of cheesecake at a gourmet restaurant.
5 – Ask your loved ones for support.
For a few days or weeks after giving up your coffee habit, you might be a little grumpy. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers that you’re giving up coffee, and ask that they do not take your irritability personally.
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Carolyn is a guest post writer on the subjects of health, registered nursing schools, and substance dependence.
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