Caffeine Withdrawal—5 Steps to Kick the Coffee Habit

Today’s “Energy Feed” is dedicated to showing you how to break your caffeine addiction and EASE your way through caffeine withdrawal.

Here are some steps for success if you’re ready (or want to BE ready) that will take you to the next level of health by eradicating your dependence on caffeine.

Step #1: Plan for It

Know this: if you’ve been having caffeine daily for months or years, you probably WILL get a caffeine headache.

If you aren’t ready for a cold-turkey quit, consider weaning yourself down gradually.  Drink a half or one cup less of your caffeinated brew each day every few days.

Whichever approach you take, WRITE IT DOWN. Write out a plan, and refer to it at least once daily. This will help you stay on track.

Predict every obstacle that might arise for you—as in, every instance you might find yourself wanting the coffee—and come up with a plan for how to prevent it or mitigate it.  Again, WRITE THIS DOWN.  Being aware of the potential obstacles is key for success.

Step #2: Enlist Support

Ask a friend to do this with you, and touch in with each other any time you feel tempted and/or at the end of each day.

Until you’re more in tune with your own internal nature (which does not require a daily caffeine infusion!), it’s important to have some external accountability to help you stay on track.

Doing it with a friend can also help you feel less alone in the process. You could even make a game of it.  Why should cutting your coffee habit be a drag?!

Step #3: Drink a Lot of Warm Water

Not only will drinking plenty of warm water help quench your body’s withdrawal cravings for a warm liquid, it will also help energize, detox and hydrate—all of which your body probably needs help with as you remove coffee/caffeine from your daily diet.

How much water should you drink?  A good estimate is to divide your weight in pounds by two.  The resulting number is how many ounces of water to drink each day.

For example: 120 (pounds) divided by 2 = 60 (ounces of water daily).

Step #4: Go to Sleep Earlier

This is simple.  Get to bed early so you can wake up earlier, by about 6.

If you’re waking up later in the morning, you’ll be working against the natural dominance of kapha dosha that rises around 6 a.m.  Kapha is heavy, dense and grounding—unideal conditions for waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

When you wake earlier in the morning hours, vata dosha is more dominant.  Vata is the mobilizing force in the body—ideal for waking up and getting a start into your day.

Step #5: Supplement with Ashwagandha

800px-withaniafruitThe traditional Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha can help you feel more energized and help you sleep more deeply—pretty good, right?

It will also help you build energy over time, so you won’t feel the need for a caffeine buzz to help you hum through the day.

Here’s where you can find ashwagandha.

Step #6: Afternoon Slump

If you start to crash in the afternoon without your caffeine hit, I’ve got a whole other “Energy Feed” that’s just for you.  Take a look here to overcome that afternoon slump.

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