Saturday, March 30, 2013
Hello, my name is Mary, and I drink way too coffee. Sometimes as much as a pot a day.
I've known for awhile that this is a problem. For some reason I decided recently to do something about it. I was initially concerned about preventing the abominable withdrawal headache. That has not been a problem so far. But my anxiety has really ratcheted up.
I am down to about 4-5 cups, home brewed. If I have a double cup first thing in the morning, I noticed that I really get energetic and revved up. Later in the day I often have reduced energy. And in the evenings the anxiety hits.
I haven't found much in the way of resources with detailed info online - mostly I've checked Spark and Mayo. I am going to add in some alternate drinks like hot tea. I already drink water - I'm going to get some more flavor packets for some of that water.
My plan is not necessarily to consume no caffeine, but it definitely needs to be reduced alot. I'm hoping that limiting caffeine will eventually help in a number of areas - amount and quality of sleep, daytime energy, reduced irritability.
My life is not extremely stressful right now. Especially compared to the late winter when my daughter's mentor was murdered, my aunt (dad's side) died, my mother's husband died (we were with him and my mother), and my mother's multiple hospitalizations. Getting my 12YO son with ADD to do his homework is a challenge. My DD is graduating high school - financial aid and scholarships will enable her to go to her first choice school. Marriage could be better - it's good when we run together. :) Work is okay. And my favorite season is actually arriving in Wisconsin - Spring! I look forward to getting out in the sun and hiking for miles and miles.
I feel a little cheesy/needy/frivolous for taking up a blog entry and your time with this post, but I needed to put out there what's going on with me. The anxiety is frankly freaking me out.