I’ve not had coffee now since the 25th of July…
I know this might not seem like a big deal, but I haven’t not had coffee for a long time. The longest stint with out would probably only be 2 1/2 days… and it wouldn’t have been by choice. I remember there was an aspect of brutality about fighting the inner coffee demons off during that time which at this point seems pretty silly and possibly irrelevant.
Here’s a picture I whipped together earlier this yeah which was a loving moment between coffee and I. I’d woken up to an empty coffee jar and thought I’d refill it and instead I just poured from the tin into my cup. (Because who needs sleep right?)
When I stopped drinking coffee a little over a week ago now, I did it mostly because I had gotten sick and switched to tea, lemon and honey. (I’ve always loved tea as well, but coffee has always been my first reach drink.) I never thought about giving up coffee, I just kind of stopped drinking it. But here are a few things that I am noticing since me and coffee unconsciously broke up….
- I am in fact sleeping better. I hate to have to admit it, but maybe some of the problems I have had over the years with insomnia, crooked sleeping patterns and sleep deprivation might be (maybe) self inflicted by the over use of coffee.
- My skin looks healthier. No kidding, I’ve been suffering a lot of dry skin this winter (yes, ew!) and since I haven’t been subsisting on only coffee, the hydration quality of my skin is marginally improving!
- I have MORE energy. Yes, seriously. I don’t feel like crashing in the afternoons, I don’t feel as sluggish as I did when I was relying on coffee for the energy or stimulation. I’m not saying I have bundles of energy as I’m still getting over being unwell, but I think this ties in with getting a better nights rest and therefore having more energy during the day because I’m not working against myself.
- I am slightly less irritable. I still need more time to assess this as I can be quite naturally a moody, crabby sort of person. But I don’t feel as cloudy and caught up in my head as I usually do. This would likely be directly related to #1.
- I am smoking less. Yes, I’m one of those people. I have been quitting and restarting for the last 5 years of my life. The longest stint I have quit for is probably about 18 months and I am still actively finding ways to reduce and erase that as a habit. Surprising my moving away from coffee I don’t have the same indicators to smoke throughout the day. So maybe I had to give up my coffee addiction….
So yeah… these are the not coffee ramblings….