Today marks my 22nd day without any caffeine. Woot! Last time I did this, I made it 21 days and then fell off the wagon again. So I’m proud of myself for making it just one additional day this time. I decided to stop my caffeine intake because it’s really not good for me. I’m one of those people with a vata constitution; in other words, I have lots of energy and often have to work a bit harder than others to stay focused and grounded. Caffeine, therefore, just tends to burn me out. And I realized that I was only craving caffeinated drinks when I wasn’t taking good care of myself. That is, when I don’t take enough time to rest, relax, and simply enjoy life, I have trouble sleeping and then I’m tired the next day and wanting caffeine to get me through. Such a never-ending cycle!
So I decided to break that cycle. I’m now enjoying a variety of herbal teas throughout the day when I’m wanting a warm, comforting treat, and I’m back to drinking enough water for my body. The first few days were pretty difficult. I had lots of protesting thoughts and physical discomfort, including headaches and lots of yawning. Once that passed, though, I noticed that I was actually feeling better overall. I’m sleeping much better and being more thoughtful about taking time to rest and enjoy being with my self, my family, and my friends. What a concept! All this is not to say that caffeine is “bad” in and of itself. Plenty of research points to caffeine’s benefits and there are certain physical/emotional constitutions that respond well to caffeine. I just know that I’m not one of them. This is the important part of establishing a health practice for yourself… knowing what your unique needs are. Every body is literally different! (By the way, I can help you identify your needs with a Professional Yoga Therapy evaluation)
Because I am a professional healing facilitator, I think it’s important to “walk my talk” and actually embody the practices that I recommend to my clients. How many doctors have you seen drinking soda after soda, or smoking, or overeating? They know better (or they should), so why are they still doing it? Honestly, it’s probably because they are just as flawed as you and I… which is why we all need a little outside encouragement and accountability at times. I like to share these kinds of stories (and triumphs) with you, so you know that whatever your health goals and challenges are, you are not alone and you can succeed. And perhaps most importantly, I am human, too. As we like to say in the therapy world, “relapse is part of recovery,” whatever you are recovering from. I couldn’t get past 21 days before, so I quit trying for about 9 months, then I tried again. Whatever your health-related successes and relapses have been, I encourage you to try again and keep moving forward. A healthier you awaits!
*My travel mug, steeping a bag of Ginger Yogi Tea. Ginger is great for warming up the body and mind, perfect for cold days and sluggish mornings!