So throughout this year I've been making small changes to improve on myself. Some of these changes were drastic and required great discipline, some of them were minute and just required a small change in my daily lifestyle.
A recent change that I made was switching to decaffeinated coffee.
I have been a coffee drinker since 2012. I started drinking coffee to help combat the time and climate change after my move from Texas to Delaware. Since my move to Alabama, I noticed that coffee was no longer a nice to have but a necessity to wake up and stay up every morning. I was addicted. The thought of going a morning without coffee would immediately give me caffeine headaches. I became snappy to coworkers if I didn't have enough caffeine and I began to dislike the non-caffeinated Tonia. To add to my change of mood, I also realized that I needed more coffee to function. I was up to 4 cups a day on average 😳. That's a lot of coffee. It began to affect my sleep and I found that it became harder for me to go to sleep and stay asleep.
I hate having vices so as soon as I realized what was happening I decided to go cold turkey.
Of course, this is not my first attempt at quitting the caffeine. After my THIRD attempt to stop I would say I'm somewhat successful. I started this time over a long vacation weekend. I was able to sleep in and could take naps during the day if need be. I was with family so they were more understanding of my snappy attitude.
Once I went back to work I started drinking decaf coffee. I did discover that although it states decaf that it does have small amounts of caffeine. Thank You to the creator of decaf!! I still get a mild buzz, but it isn't enough to make me jittery or keep me up at night staring at the ceiling. I don't have headaches like when I first quit and I'm a little happier since I have kicked that addiction. This goes to show that anything is possible you just have to find the way that works for you.