My doctor said it, my acupuncturist said it, my physiotherapist said it.
“You have to stop drinking coffee.”
This is was in my last round of chronic headache times. It is always the question: “Do you drink a lot of coffee?” Oh my, yes. Coffee is my liquid gold. It runs through my very veins. I live breathe and piss coffee (you addicts out there will now exactly what I mean about this – I reckon my urine is about 75 percent arabica.)
But coffee did shitty things to me, too. It made me tense, anxious. Sometimes I’d drink a cup and then get this crazy butterflies-in-my-tummy feeling. Not to mention the cost of drinking take-away flat-whites constantly. So a while ago I switched to pure decaf and though I still drank at least three cups a day (all home-made on my espresso machine), the issues went away.
But… I missed that boost I got from the caffeine. The other day I went to a cafe and had a full-caf flat-white instead of decaf. And instantly, I perked up. I felt cheerful and amazing. People commented on my excellent mood. I didn’t feel bleh or drained, I felt wonderful.
Isn’t it weird that such a little thing can make such a huge difference? I’ve read heaps of articles on caffeine and the effects in has on the human body. It is literally a performance-enhancing drug, utilised by athletes to achieve peak results. Any student can tell you of it’s essential qualities around exam time. (Here’s a great piece from Lifehacker about what delicious magic the good ol’ caffeine can work on your body.)
Now that I’m in my own place and my life is much less stressful, I admit it – I’m going back on the caf. I’ve been experimenting with these half-regular-half-decaf concoctions that seem to put me into a decent mood without sending me into anxiety-town. If I do start having the problems again, I’ll be right back onto decaf asap. But I’m liking this upbeat feeling – and I’m keen on being my bubbly, caffeine-assisted self again.
Are you a coffee addict too? Is caffeine an integral part of your day, or are you wary of it’s personality-altering effects? Let me know below!