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How To Cope With Caffeine Withdrawal
A caffeine kick in the morning is the perfect way to start the day; this is the way I started my day for almost 15 years. And after all those years I realized that my body was dependent on caffeine and it was time that I changed my diet. I was advised to quit caffeine cold turkey and this was not easy.
My body suffered from caffeine withdrawal. The next few days after I stopped drinking coffee were spent nursing headaches, mood swings, irritability, nausea, fatigue and I also experienced some degree of disrupted concentration. I also experience difficult in breathing, muscles stiffness and severe pain in the body.
In my opinion if you are trying to quit caffeine then you need to do it gradually. Quitting overnight is not the best way to stop this habit.
How to quit caffeine
If you start your day with a large cup of coffee then the first stage is to drink a smaller cup of coffee. Gradually you can stop completely. You must also reduce the number of cups you drink during the day. Instead of drinking coffee you can drink a can of juice or have an energy drink; however do not make the latter a habit.
How to deal with withdrawal symptoms
When you reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet or if you stop coffee completely you will notice your energy levels deplete. In order to prevent being drained out of energy completely you must eat a healthy and well maintained diet. In order to maintain your blood sugar levels and keep your energy levels high you must eat small meals at regular intervals.
You also need to drink plenty of water during the day. This will help you to prevent dehydration. Avoid drinking decaffeinated coffee and other drinks that may contain small amounts of caffeine.
In order to avoid fatigue you must get plenty of rest. Sleep for 5 to 6 hours at night and ensure that you have undisturbed sleep. In order to prevent thinking about caffeine or coffee you must exercise; this not only helps to divert attention away from the craving but it also helps to manage stress that is caused by the caffeine withdrawal.
Remember, the withdrawal symptoms will last for a few days and you must avoid giving into temptation.