Slayer Shouts: The Coffee and Anxiety Experiment
We've discussed in passing how stimulants can aggravate, or even trigger, anxiety. But Bernice has really gone into this in depth and shares her own experience of cutting out caffeine. After a 2 week experiment of switching to decaf coffee she writes:
"I realized that my anxiety level had greatly decreased. I no longer had the 1:00 panic attack that necessitated medication. And now it has been about 6 weeks and I feel so much better than I did! It makes me feel stronger and more confident that I was able to pinpoint something that was a major trigger and be able to relieve it. This doesn’t mean I won’t ever have caffeine again, I just know that I cannot have it be a major part of my intake for the day."
Bernice and I will be talking more about coffee, stress and anxiety in a podcast soon...