Caffeine is a well recognised stimulant causing adrenaline production therefore if you are already stressed it can further increase anxiety levels. Gradually cutting back rather than eliminating all at once will help reduce potential side effects of withdrawal e.g. headaches and fatigue. Trying non-caffeinated drinks such as herbal teas can help reduce adrenaline levels and your taste buds usually adapt after about 48 hours. The benefit of caffeine reduction is feeling much calmer throughout the day rather than experiencing the highs and low of caffeine rushes.
I was a complete caffeine addict for 20 years surviving on 10 cups of a coffee a day but kicked the habit six months ago. I feel more clearer in my headspace. It feels like the mental fog has lifted. I also found my skin and hair have improved in feel and texture as caffeine is very dehydrating on both of these areas.
Some herbal teas you may want to try:
Lavender herbal tea
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
- 1 teaspoon dried camomile flowers
- Wild honey to taste
Place herbs in a warmed teapot cover with boiling water steep for 3-5 mins strain and serve.
Peppermint – fennel tea
- 1 tsp of peppermint leaves
- 1 tsp of lemon balm leaves
- 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
Place all the herbs in a teapot Steep for 10 mins strain and serve
Fresh zingy ginger tea
Fresh 2 inch piece of ginger peeled and grated added to a teapot, cover with hot water and allow steep for 5 mins (add lemon if desired).
Or it you want to try the shop bought ones.
I recommend the Sleep Tea by Pukka – best before bedtime.
Also there is a lovely herbal teas by Positivi Tea (I picked up these in Whole foods).
I am also fortunate to have some garden space thus I grow herbs in pots on my patio and make fresh tea with them. If you lack a garden why not try growing herbs on a window sill?
Avoid the caffeine rush and consequences of over stimulation. Remember do not follow the easy path, do not follow the crowd, do what feels right for you.
Sending love and blessings x