Are you unable to start the day before getting your daily dose of coffee? Does your mood go down and you feel anxiety without caffeine intake? Or, do you find it difficult to concentrate at work when you miss your morning coffee? If you can relate to these scenarios, then you might have a coffee addiction.
Coffee addiction tends to be more prominent in people with highly stressed corporate jobs, and many people in such positions are “fighting” the addiction – particularly when they are diagnosed with some chronic health condition (i.e. heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) – not necessarily in the right way, so they feel like they’re fighting a losing battle.
The truth is, the answer to addressing coffee addictions is quite simple: don’t fight it. Instead of denying the fact that you are addicted to caffeine, give this addiction love.
Just to be clear, this does not mean that you should indulge the addiction entirely. What is important is to recognise this symptom for what it is: your body is calling for help, attention, and some TLC (tender loving care!)
Addictions are just your body’s way of telling you that it’s feeling deprived, so if you “fight” the addiction by depriving your body of what it’s attracting you to, you’re just going to stress your body out even more and it’s going to fight back, causing you more grief.
Now, if you want to stay healthy, the following habits will make a big difference in dealing with your coffee addiction (the same principle could apply to cigarettes and sugar):
1. Drink adequate water (3 liters a day)
2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables (9 servings a day)
3. Take a supplement
If you’re already experiencing addiction, your body is already highly deprived of nutrients, and no matter what you might think about getting your nutrients from your food, whatever you’ve been eating is not enough, and whatever you’re going to be eating won’t be enough because we’re talking about – possibly years of damage to repair.
The following supplements can make a big difference if you’re helping your body recover from coffee addiction:
4. Address your stress
Stress causes damage to your body, and work stress can actually mess with your work (it’s a vicious cycle!). Today, mindfulness practice is becoming very popular for mainstream corporate use. You can incorporate mindfulness strategies within your addiction therapy.
In a nutshell, these strategies mentioned above are all concerned with taking care of and loving your body.
Most importantly, you have to be consistent in your habits. Your blood cells renew themselves every 100-120 days, so at the very least give yourself that amount of time to work those habits through. If you want a really strong and secure non-addicted brain pattern, keep up the consistency for a year then the chances are very high that you’ve got yourself sorted. All the best!