8 Tips To Break Your Caffeine Addiction

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Caffeine and motherhood go hand in hand, just like peas and carrots or peanut butter and jelly. You can’t seem to have one without the other.

With all the sleepless nights and never-ending to-do lists, it’s no wonder mothers are SO tired!

What is the first thing we go for to counteract that exhaustion?

Caffeine!

Caffeine to the rescue!

It becomes our superhero…our life-blood.

After a while, just like any other addictive substance, our bodies start building a tolerance to caffeine and we need more and more to just feel “normal.”

We develop a physical NEED for it.

This is where addiction comes into play.

Break your caffeine addiction with these 8 tips!

For most people caffeine addiction isn’t a big deal. But for those of us who have medical reasons to get off the caffeine it becomes a pretty dire situation.

That is what happened to me and I was devastated to learn that I would need to kick the habit.

But I am happy to report that I have been caffeine free for about 3 weeks now!

Ditching my coffee addiction wasn’t easy, but I did it for my health. I had been wanting to cut my intake for quite some time, just to see if I would feel any better or different.

But my addiction would get the best of me and I would dive further down the rabbit hole.

There is nothing quite like being scared for your life to give you a kick in the pants to finally make a change.

A real, lasting change.

Here are some of the things that helped me break my caffeine addiction.

Take it slow.

I was drinking massive amounts of caffeine and really worried that I would experience horrible withdrawal symptoms and be “out of it” for a few days. So I chose to forego the cold turkey method and gave myself a full week to wean off a bit.

This mom is a bit of a wuss when it comes to pain and discomfort. I also couldn’t have a few down days, life doesn’t stop or slow down for sick moms.

If you aren’t drinking bucket loads of coffee (or other caffeinated beverages) then the cold turkey method might be a better choice for you.

I dare say that most of us that are truly addicted to this stuff are drinking way more than a cup or three a day.

Cut back by half for the first 3 days.

There are a few ways you could do this.

  • half-caff coffee
  • a smaller mug
  • limit yourself to half of what you normally drink.
  • switch to green tea

For the first 3 days I chose to do half-caff coffee. As a creature of habit I still wanted to drink quite a bit of coffee because that is what I do! This was the best choice for me.

After 3 days I cut down by half again for a day and then only had one cup of coffee on days 5 and 6. Then day 7 was my first day without any caffeine.

Change your morning routine.

We all do it…get into a routine, get comfortable…

A huge part of my addiction was my creature-of-habit lifestyle. The early morning hours was where I was consuming the bulk of my caffeine.

In order for me to keep reducing my caffeine intake (and ultimately cut it out completely) I knew I had to change how I “morning.”

My normal routine looked something like this: Wake at 4am, coffee, workout, coffee, breakfast, coffee, home school…

You get the idea.

My new routine:

Get your blood moving!

While I am doing my main workout later in the day now, I have been really enjoying morning yoga. It gets my blood circulating, my body oxygenated and overall I have a better sense of well-being. Don’t like yoga?

Here are a few other ideas:

  • go for a walk
  • Pilates
  • simple stretches
  • breathing exercises

Stay hydrated!

Mild dehydration can happen pretty fast and it will totally zap your energy! Carry plain old water with you everywhere you go so you can sip on it as needed.

Bonus: Your skin will start looking better too!

Eat a healthy diet.

Stay away from sugar and heavily processed foods. These will cause your energy to crash and make you think you NEED the caffeine. If you need something sweet, eat an apple, it will actually give you energy.

If I am going to have a dessert I have it at night, a couple of hours before bedtime so when I start crashing from the sugar I can just go to sleep.

Get plenty of sleep.

Instead of getting up at 4am I am now getting up at 6am. This was a really difficult thing for me to change. I loved getting up early before the kids. Those early morning hours were where I found the time to be ME and do the things that I enjoy without interruption.

But I also came to realize that one of the reasons I drank SO much coffee was because I wasn’t getting enough rest at night. So, to give myself the best chance at making these changes stick, I am allowing myself to sleep until 6am.

That still gives me enough time to do my yoga and get breakfast going before the kids start getting up.

Make a commitment.

If this is something that you really, truly want or need to do make the commitment to yourself to follow through. It isn’t super easy, but if I can do it, anyone can. You just have to want it.

Breaking my caffeine addiction this way was much easier on my body. I didn’t have any terrible headaches or intense fatigue, just some fogginess for about 2 weeks…especially in the morning.

After week 2 the fog lifted and I have been feeling better than I have in YEARS.

If you want more energy and mental clarity I would encourage you to kick your caffeine dependency.

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