We want to help you change your life, we want to help you quit caffeine. It’s one of the most addictive (legal) substances there is and escaping from its clutches means being both mentally and physically strong. Are you ready to quit caffeine for good? Let’s begin.
Step 1 – baby steps
- Prepare your mind – What is it about a caffeine drink that you love so much? Caffeinated energy drinks and coffee have a distinctive taste and of course provide a rush of energy that helps to accomplish even the most menial task. Take a step back, stop chugging down 10+ cans of Red Bull per day and remove the coffee drip from your veins. Once you’ve limited yourself (slightly, everything takes time), your mind will be better prepared for the lack of caffeine
- Prepare to be healthier (and possibly richer) – You adore the taste and ‘benefits’ of caffeine drinks, but were you fully aware of their negative effects? Some of them include: hypertension, calcium decay (teeth, bones), increased anxiety, poor sleeping patterns, a weakened libido and worst of all, caffeine addiction costs serious money. The supply of coffee beans has been heavily weakened thanks to global weather conditions, making the average cup of coffee a sizeable investment.
- Prepare a delicious alternative – Guess what? Red espresso, green teas and water are all top-notch caffeine alternatives. Yet, do not think that you can switch to Diet Sprite or Coke Light, as these sugar-free alternatives are heavily caffeinated. A strong cup of red espresso or green tea will help you to start your day well!
A strong cup of red espresso or green tea will help you to start your day well!
Step 2 – let’s quit caffeine
- Get rid of caffeine… slowly – On an actual physical calendar (so retro, yet so effective), mark off when you are allowed a caffeinated drink. Only 1 per day, mind you! Do this for one week. Next week, drink a caffeinated drink every other day. The following week, only drink two caffeinated drinks. Do this until you are down to one drink per week and then eventually… nothing at all.
- To make it even easier on yourself, leave your loose change at home so that you are unable to quickly pick up a caffeinated drink. The harder it is to buy it, the easier it will be to quit. Simple, yet effective!
- Relax, and drink lots of water – Pick a day of the week as a ‘do nothing’ day. You are going to need a lot of rest in order to allow your body to recover from the lack of caffeine. Make no plans for at least a month (do not even go out for ‘one quick drink’ after work, resist!) and on the weekend, ensure that no stimulants are within reach.
- Eat well (loads of fresh fruit and vegetables with your meals) and drink water. For your entire life, you’ve heard the mantra of ‘drink eight glasses per day’ because it makes sense. Don’t focus on the eight glasses; just drink as much water as you feel comfortable with. Water flushes toxins from your body, keeps you fuller and is much healthier than caffeine. If you want a tasty, healthy drink though, stick with a cup of red espresso if the taste of water turns you off!
- Get social – there are millions of people who are also trying to beat their addiction. Find caffeine support groups online, download a free addiction app for your smartphone and begin sharing your pain. Just don’t post constant status updates on Facebook such as ‘Day 20 and coffee free!’ – Your friends will hate you for it.
If you want a tasty, healthy drink though, stick with a cup of red espresso if the taste of water turns you off!
Step 3 – the recovery phase
- Start sleeping more – why did you even drink caffeinated drinks initially? It was to limit sleep, keep you alert and help you to become more productive. Well bucko, it’s time to kick that negative habit and rest more. Get as much sleep as you can! It’s the best thing you can do for your body.
- Withdrawal is coming – perhaps it will not affect you, but most of us will go through a caffeine withdrawal period. During the days and weeks that you are quitting caffeine, you may suffer from headaches, constipation, insomnia, soreness in your muscles, depression and a whole lot more.
- Do NOT make it more difficult on yourself by resorting to a ‘quick drink’ of alcohol in order to soften the blow. This is replacing one addiction with another, a vicious cycle. Any form of alcohol is a depressant and should be replaced with water or a fresh healthy shot of red espresso which is thankfully, caffeine-free.
Any form of alcohol is a depressant and should be replaced with water or a fresh healthy shot of red espresso which is thankfully, caffeine-free.
Step 4 – keeping free of caffeine
- Replace your bad habit with other distractions – once the withdrawal phase is over, you’ll need something to keep you busy. Gaming, working out, meeting friends for dinner, or some other hobby will have to take precedence over your old addiction. If you find that you are nervous and fidgety, you could even try this cool little toy to help you out.
- Find ways to be more alert naturally – that’s right, the reason you drank caffeinated drinks in the first place was to replace YOUR bad habits. Now that you are no longer artificially alert, you will need to be mentally sharp, all by your lonesome. Sit up straight when working and do not slump when walking. Learn to nap (even a ten minute nap per day can improve your life), take a break from computer and phone screens, eat healthier and engage in intelligent conversation (behaviour is a mental stimulant). You can do it, we believe in you. One day, you’ll look back after quitting caffeine drinks and think, “why was I so addicted in the first place?” Good luck!
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