Monthly wellness tip:
This monthly wellness tip is about to mess with your coffee ritual. Wait, wait... hear me out. I decided to cut out my daily caffeine habit one month ago, and it has done wonders for me friends, wonders. I'm not going to lie. The first three days were brutal. That's because I was going through actual withdrawals. Realizing I was physically dependent on caffeine (even with my measly one cup a day habit) made me even more determined to make that dependence a thing of the past. Once I got over the hump, I have felt less tired, less irritable in the morning, less anxious and less sick to my stomach - because coffee also made me feel sick sometimes, but I still drank it? yeah.
Many of you have already figured out the joyful simplicity of a life without a caffeine dependence, I know I'm late to the party. And others of you may have no interest in cutting that out - total understandable. However, last month I was experiencing some anxiety and realized that caffeine was indeed making things 10x worse. So I thought about what I needed, decided more frenetic energy wasn't it, and cut it out. Don't get me wrong, I still want coffee. I love that it's something warm to look forward to when my morning brain says nothing is worth getting out of bed for, but for now at least it will be decaf and it won't be every morning.
The "wellness tip" here is less about caffeine (who knows, maybe in the future I'll go back to drinking it) and more about self-care and how it changes and morphs as we do. We won't always need the same things every week or month or year of our lives. That's why it's important to regularly evaluate where we're at, and what we need. Perhaps you've outgrown an addiction to coffee (like muah), or an unfulfilling relationship or you've outgrown your negative internal monologue, or critical body image... how are we to acknowledge this and do anything about it if we don't reflect from time to time? This requires quieting the mind, and relying on our inner wisdom to show us what we need. The answers may be scary, (i.e. You don't get to have caffeine anymore!!!) BUT it's better than never asking and never making moves toward the healthiest, happiest version of ourselves.
Something to Read:
I love the idea of eternal recurrence as a way to evaluate our priorities and live our best lives.
This made me laugh: