I love coffee… maybe a little bit too much. I have a fantastic coffee shop right across the street from where I live and work and they know my order without me having to ask. Which is wonderful…and maybe a little bit pathetic.
I have successfully been off coffee and any form of caffeine for a week!
Every 4-6 months I like to take a break from drinking coffee, especially when I feel like I am becoming too dependent on it or like it is losing its power. The last time I took on this challenge was this summer and I went 40 days without coffee.
Of course the first few days are the hardest, but here are some steps that have made going cold turkey easier for me:
- Choose a week where you don’t have a lot going on. Finals week probably isn’t the most ideal time.
- Feel free to take a nap when you need to. Of course, if you are working a 40+ hour week, this will be a challenge. I decided to pick the week that I was on vacation.
- Keep Exercising. Exercise even if you feel tired because it will inevitably give you more energy.
- Replace coffee with water. Drink as much as you can, at least half your weight (in pounds) in water (ounces).
This time I didn’t experience headaches or feel overly tired like I did last time. If that is the case for you, I would suggest trying a couple of Advil and adequate rest.
I have noticed that I have been falling asleep faster and have felt more rested when I get up in the morning.
Have you ever decided to take a break from coffee? Please share any successes or failures, tips and tricks!
Peace and Love,