Another ‘stunning’ image from my smartphone’s camera provides the prompt for this evening’s post!
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that in-taking large amounts of caffeine can recreate the effects and symptoms of anxiety in an average person. This is something that was affirmed to me by my CBT worker when we met a few weeks back.
Back in 2010, I found myself ‘accidentally’ putting bags of decaf tea in my mugs ahead of the boiling water (the milk comes after, GD! ;-)), simply because I was too lazy or anxious to head out on my own and to replenish the household stock of caffeinated ahead of the weekend. I was living at my mum’s at the time and these decaf bags actually belonged to my sister. Anyway, I found that it didn’t taste too bad, if a little weaker and so, I continued to designate myself to drinking decaf tea.
As the weeks and months went on, I found myself sleeping better and relaxing more. This may be coincidental, as I was working shifts at the time and, on one particular morning, I overslept to the point of which I arrived in work 2½ hours late!! There were other occasions where I was maybe an hour late but, that one time was the exception.
I wouldn’t say I was any more confident or less anxious back then but I do remember sleeping easier. I’ve been in my current job for almost two-years and we’re provided with caffeinated tea bags on a daily basis so, I’ve always accepted them. Drinking two cups during the working day (I used to drink three or more) may not have the greatest effect on my system but my sleep patterns have certainly deteriorated and now, even if I end up paying more from my own pocket, I’m going to be making an effort to cut caffeine out of my system again completely!
I remember how, after switching to decaf the first time, I used to spend my days yawning a lot less, even with 6am starts and even averaging four hours of sleep each night. That constant yawning has returned, to the point at which others will again notice and comment.
This means taking my own tea bags in to work each day and sneaking one in to my mug each time, using the good old sleight of hand. I don’t whether anyone will notice! It might cost be a bit extra over the course of a year but, I’m also hoping to see some improvement in my self. It could all just be a placebo of my own creation… Only time will tell! (I seem to say that a lot!)
- A Brake From Coffee (mylifepluscrohns.wordpress.com)
- Caffeine Misused & Caffeine Used Correctly (prweb.com)
- Coffee! (hislovegivesmewings.wordpress.com)
- 10 Things You Need to Know About Coffee (livescience.com)
- How is Caffeine affecting you? How much is too much? (sportsnation365.wordpress.com)
- Will ‘washing’ my tea decaffeinate it? (queenmarytea.wordpress.com)
- Caffeine makes you more open-minded to viewpoints that contradict your own (leactualiteblog.wordpress.com)
- Kicking the Caffeine Habit (psychologytoday.com)
- Using Evidence-Based Therapy (ocdtalk.wordpress.com)