For years I have been one of the biggest coffee addicts, especially since I’ve become a full-time blogger. Often I would have 4 to 6 cups, of highly-caffeinated coffee per day. Some drip, some espresso but I was always relying on coffee to keep my energy levels up, and give myself the false illusion of productivity.
Over a few years, I began noticing more and more, the routine I had fallen into. Relying on coffee from the moment I awoke, up until I went to sleep. These constant spikes of caffeine would produce a roller coaster of energy throughout the day. Without caffeine, I would barely be able to function, and with it, I would have a short high, which made me almost too excited to work. However, as we all know, the intensity of a caffeine buzz does wane over time.
Each year, I would take about a month off of caffeine, to reset my tolerance. For me, this entailed quitting coffee cold-turkey for 2 to 4 weeks, increasing my caffeine sensitivity and buzz afterwards.
This year, I went into the holiday period planning to reset my caffeine tolerance, but something changed inside of me!
After a few weeks off of caffeine, I really appreciated how I felt. I was reborn. As one would imagine, my energy levels became more constant throughout daily life. No more extreme highs and no more huge crashes, just a comfortable constant energy level. I did still enjoy an afternoon nap, but it was no longer a daily requirement like it was before.
I also noticed that I’m far less likely to get irritable or angry, especially when driving. No longer was I pushing way above the speed limit, and feeling in a hurry. Now just cruising along, going the speed, peaceful, with a smile on my face. It’s like a switch was flicked on in my brain!
A month off caffeine quickly became 2, and I decided to keep going. I also added meditation to my morning routine, right after I open my eyes. Just 10-15 minutes of meditation a day leaves me feeling incredibly peaceful, and exhilarated at the same time! This new exhilaration is way better for me than relying on any substance. Meditation led me into my other new daily habit of writing in my journal before moving on with the day.
Losing that roller coaster of energy enabled me to think more clearly, and make better decisions overall. I feel like now I have a much better connection with my intuition. Following my intuition has always been what I’ve deemed the best way to make decisions, and being able to listen easier, while off of caffeine, has improved my life exponentially. I even bought my first house, thanks to this clarity.
It’s so easy to rely on caffeine for energy, but it’s hard to see the negative impact until we stop consuming it for a few weeks. Quitting caffeine may not be for everyone, but I do think it’s something we all should at least experiment with. My life has definitely changed for the better. I may not be done with coffee forever, but I do think I’m done with my extreme consumption patterns. What do you think?