Are you addicted to coffee and caffeine? The desire for a cup of coffee every morning does not automatically mean that you’re addicted. You can enjoy something on a daily basis without addiction, but if your coffee cravings control you, then it might be a little more serious. So, how do you know if you’re addicted to coffee or just a little bit in lust?
Do you get a caffeine headache when you haven’t had your regular cup of coffee? Look for a headache that usually starts behind your eyes and then moves up the front of your head.
Without a cup of coffee, if you just can’t stay awake or keep your eyes open, your coffee cravings may be an addiction. We’re not talking a normal level of tiredness; we’re talking about the end of the world.
Let’s be honest, not all of us are morning people, but if you would be willing to kill someone if you don’t have a cup of coffee, that’s a good sign of addiction.
Caffeine withdrawal can take away all your hope and joy. It should only be temporary, but if you already struggle with depression, then getting over your coffee cravings could mean trouble.
- Lack of Concentration
During caffeine and coffee withdrawal, concentration can seem impossible. If you can’t focus without a cup of joe, you’re probably addicted.
- 500mg Caffeine Daily
If you drink around 4 – 5 cups of coffee a day, or 500mg of caffeine, your coffee craving is a full-blown, coffee and caffeine addiction.
What can you do if you’re addicted to coffee? First, we don’t recommend cutting out caffeine cold turkey. Caffeine withdrawal is no laughing matter. It can utterly disrupt your life and put you out of commission for one to three days. Unless you have the ability to curl into a fetal position and hide out for a few days, cutting out caffeine completely is not your best move. Instead, wean yourself off caffeine and coffee.
Weaning yourself away from coffee slowly is a great way to gradually reduce your consumption and change your habits permanently. This way you have far fewer withdrawal symptoms, so it’s less shocking to your system and less likely to leave you out of commission for any time. The key is to start small.
You don’t have to jump right into cutting out your coffee cravings, take it easy and listen to your body. We recommend following these steps.
- Determine how much coffee you drink each day. First, before you can start cutting back, you need to know what you consume. Watch yourself for a week and see how many cups you drink a day and keep track.
- Reduce your intake daily or weekly. Depending on how strong your addiction is, you can take your reduction as slow or as quickly as you want. We recommend cutting back about ¼ cup each day. So, if you drink 5 cups of coffee a day, by the end of your first week you should be down to four cups.
- Change out your coffee for tea. If one of the reasons you drink coffee is because you want something different than water during your day, replace a cup of coffee with a cup of tea. If you’re worried about caffeine, choose a rooibos, peppermint, or rose tea, instead of black, green or white tea, which contain caffeine.
- Reward yourself for every victory. As you cut back on your coffee cravings, make sure you give yourself a reward, so you’re willing to keep going. Treat yourself to a piece of dark chocolate every time you cut out a full cup of coffee. Or, on the weekend, treat yourself to a special cup of coffee in place of your normal cup (just make sure you don’t increase your intake).
If you stay determined and take it one day at a time, eventually, you can beat your coffee cravings and addiction and move forward happier and healthier.