“Caffeine is the most widely used mood-altering drug in the world,” says Roland Griffiths, PhD, a professor in the departments of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “People often see coffee, tea, and soft drinks simply as beverages rather than vehicles for a psychoactive drug. But caffeine can exacerbate anxiety and panic disorders.”
– Web MD
Today is the beginning of no caffeine (just writing that statement makes me want to cry!). My anxiety levels have been up recently and it’s becoming impossible to get a grip on it, so I’m determined to try this and see if it helps.
When I set myself this challenge yesterday, I decided upon doing this for a week. Now, you might say a week isn’t enough to test whether or not it makes a considerable difference – and you’d probably be right – but caffeine is my biggest weakness, and so I need to say ‘a week’ to save my sanity. If I can get used to the idea a bit more during this time and find some good substitutes, I’d love to be able to continue it to see the full effects.
What contains caffeine?
- Many soft drinks
- Many pain relievers
If anyone has any tips, tricks, or good substitutes to make my life a little easier – please let me know, and I’ll give you an update of how it’s gone on Sunday!
I’m now going to go and make a lovely cuppa! 🙂 Wait, no I’m not…