Shilpi needs to get up and get going at 6 every morning. She manages to wake up and crawl out of bed on time. But she can't do much else without her morning cuppa of hot strong coffee. She just can't get her day kicked off without a caffeine kick from her favorite brew.
There are millions of people all over the world who are addicted to caffeine like Shilpi is. Most of these people don't consider this addiction to be bad and see no reason to get rid of it. But there are many people who do wish to kick the cuppa. Are you one of them?
Tips to Get Rid of Caffeine Addiction
1. Replace coffee with something milder, like tea. Make your tea just like you like your coffee, black, with milk, with sugar, without sugar, basically whatever you prefer. Over time, when you have successfully replaced coffee with regular tea, replace tea with green tea.
2. Drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated because coffee dehydrates the body. Try to make water more interesting by drinking it warm, or with honey, or with lemon, or with herbs etc.
3. You could also try the cold turkey method in which one just stops taking caffeine at all. This produces withdrawal symptoms and you may require some medicines to help with them.
4. Exercise more often. Endorphins produced during exercising help in dealing with the withdrawal symptoms.
5. One way of cutting down on afternoon caffeine cravings is to eat a lighter lunch. Lowering your carb consumption will reduce the caffeine cravings.
6. Try to set a reasonable morning and evening routine for yourself. When you overwork or sleep too late, you feel the need to pump yourself with caffeine to meet these expectations. Sleep early and get a good sleep for 8 hours to wake up feeling refreshed.
The weaning method (lowering caffeine intake over time) is easier to follow as the withdrawal symptoms are not that severe. But the cold turkey method is quicker and more intense!