Food and Nutrition, lifestyle

How to deal with caffeine withdrawal?

Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you, It’s the cage you live in.
– Johann Hari.

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Caffeine though said it is good for health, it can have it’s own side effects when consumed in too much dose. Caffeine stimulates the nerves in our body and keeps us active and alert for longer time. As we are busy in our day to day work, we use caffeine to focus and have an effective output. And eventually people come to a point where they actually have to stop their intake. But when they do so, they go through many other symptoms which is very difficult to deal with. People who are used to having caffeine on a regular basis, it can be very hard for them to stop it.

Symptoms of Caffeine withdrawal are headache, fatigue, mood swing, difficulty in focusing, constipation, tiredness, crankiness, anxiety, tremors, etc.

Ways to deal with those symptoms and stop the addiction as well:

Don’t stop caffeine intake abruptly
People who are trying to get out of caffeine addiction, for them it can be very difficult to do so. And cutting it completely will only make them more frustrated. So, it would be better to reduce it gradually.

Drink lots of non-caffeinated fluids
Staying hydrated can be the first step to prevent the craving of caffeine. Drink water as much as you can. Most of the time we are just thirsty. Including fruit juice can be of great help as well.

Healthy snacks
Dry fruits and nuts have many good minerals and nutrients which help your body in recovery and get the energy to stay active. So when you get the craving for caffeinated drinks, I would suggest you try having some healthy snacks which includes dry fruits and nuts.

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Take small naps
Taking small power naps periodically throughout the day can help with fatigue and tiredness in body.

Ice pack
If you get headaches as part of the symptoms, you can apply ice pack on head and if it becomes severe you can take prescribed medication.

Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil or menthol helps in improving in mood swings and also reduces the craving. It also helps in relieving tension in body.

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Meditation
Having anxiety and panic attacks in this situation is very normal. Since caffeine helps you in staying focus and productive, suddenly without it you might feel incompetent. You may feel stressed and drained out as well. If you are going through this phase, meditation is your cure. Meditation calms you down and helps you stay focused through out the day.

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Pratha Nayak