After seeing what happens to my brain on coffee, it’s made me rethink my daily dose of morning and afternoon espresso. I can say that after going almost a full month without regular intakes of coffee has been a curious journey. To summarize my experience, I would say that I am not entirely comfortable with caffeine’s effect on my mind and body. And after reading Dr. Travis Bradberry’s post on LinkedIn, Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success, I am even more skittish about returning to this delicious beverage.
Take a look at this diagram and you’ll see what I mean:
If you add some of these side-effects together, you can create a perfect storm of failure and breakdown. This explains some of my own meltdowns. :-/ And since establishing a greater distance from caffeine and being mindful of its effects, I have been particularly sensitive to it on the few occasions I’ve had it this month. This is what’s gotten my attention the most. I’ve never thought of coffee being like a drug, but it really is!
I feel like I am approaching a crossroads once my month of little to no coffee is over. Will I go back to having it regularly? Should I continue to keep my distance and avoid some of these awful side effects?
If I am really tired, perhaps a nap would better? And if I need to increase my alertness during my work day, maybe a short walk or something that boosts my heart rate would better than enjoying that fresh cup of coffee.
Mmmmm. Just thinking about having a cup of coffee sounds yummy….