I’m well aware of the fact that I drink too much coffee. At this point, I’m pretty sure it’s my life force. But when I ran my body to the point of burnout, I knew it was time coffee and I took a little break. Those headaches weren’t coming from nowhere.
Now, I’ve given up coffee before. I always do when it comes to exams so that I don’t get the dreaded caffeine crash in the middle of a 3 hour exam. But it can still suck, especially for the first few days. This time was definitely amongst the more challenging, as I didn’t give myself a time frame for the detox.
I learnt a few things while I was on my coffee-free journey and I thought it might be fun to share them with you:
- I was drinking way too much coffee. Rather than just a quick pick me up during a slump, I was relying on a cup of coffee to keep me somewhat functioning. I don’t even think I was enjoying it anymore.
- But nowhere near enough water. Without a mug clutched to my hands, I found myself reaching for my water bottle a lot more. Boy did I feel better for it. Now I’m making a real effort to try and drink a lot more water than I did before, even if it’s still something that I’m not great at.
- Coffee is expensive. When I wasn’t nipping out for a quick cappuccino here or a filter coffee there, I was saving so much money. Seriously, I would hate to add up just how much I’ve spent in coffee shops this year alone. Fancy coffee has gone back to being an occasional treat and I’m trying really hard to take a travel mug into town with me on a morning instead.
- I was stuck in a sleepless cycle. When I’m stressed or busy or sometimes just because my brain fancies it, I forget how to go to sleep. Once I’m asleep I’m fine, but I can spend a forever tossing and turning in my bed to no avail. That made me super tired, which meant that I was drinking more coffee. Come bedtime, there was still plenty of caffeine in my system and guess what? I couldn’t sleep. I was getting nowhere. Watching how many cups of coffee I’m clocking each day has been a chance to catch up on some much needed zzz’s.
- I’ll never give up coffee for good. If you couldn’t tell from this list, my coffee cull has ended and we are reunited. After much consideration, I decided it was time to reintroduce it into my life and boy did I miss it. This time though, I’m trying to keep an eye on just how much coffee I’m pouring into my system and listen to my body a bit more. Coffee is a quick fix, a tasty treat and a good Instagram pic but it’s not a long term solution. Hopefully this time round I can remember that!