Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
I apologise that it has featured a lot in my latest posts (lol), but that’s just how the schedule fell.
I can not remember when it became a part of my daily routine, but it quickly did without me realising it. I’d treat myself to a Starbucks or two during breaks at university, and I’d find myself waking up craving it. I mean, it wasn’t the worst thing in the world to crave, but it was having a weird affect on me that I wasn’t quite realising yet.
My coffee-drinking came to an all time high this time last year. Starbucks was just too convenient, but during my days off I’d find myself quickly getting through quite a few cups just to help me keep my eyes open for the day. But, this was also around the time that my anxiety got much worse. At first, I didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until, actually, a few weeks ago that I realised. I’ve cut down on the coffee consumption massively (and my bank balance is relieved too!) but the other week I decided to treat myself to a cup before my driving lesson, as I felt pretty tired. Next thing I know, I’m having the biggest panic attack that I’ve had in months and months. I could not understand it, and then it dawned on me- coffee was not helping my anxiety at all!
So, I did a bit of research and found that there is actually quite a well-proven link between anxiety and caffeine consumption. I’ve linked this article as this sums it up best, but feel free to do your own research.
Am I saying that I am giving up coffee?
Definitely not! I love coffee, and I certainly buy into the #coffeeculture of the milennials/generation x/whatever else you want to call us. It’s no surprise that so many of us love to be productive in coffee shops, and it’s easy to keep getting refills whilst you’re there!
But for me, personally, coffee just was not agreeing with me. I couldn’t keep drinking it and making my anxiety worse, as it’s just not fun to have to deal with. But, I really love the taste; can you say dilemma?
I decided to try out decaf.
Now, I know what you’re going to say, decaf coffee just isn’t as good.
A week or so ago, I would’ve agreed with you. However, Decadent Decaf Coffee Company* asked if they could send me some of their products to test, so I thought why not give it another try?
I am blown away.
Decadent Decaf Coffee is made by the Swiss Water Decaf process. This is an environmentally friendly and chemical free process- making it better for you and for the environment! Water from the coast mountains of British Columbia is used to remove the caffeine carefully; ensuring that the great taste of the bean remains!
You can really taste the purity of the coffee and, even though it’s dried, it just tastes so fresh! I have honestly never had such delicious coffee that I can make at home, I am certainly converted.
So if, like me, you love coffee but find that it’s not helping you mentally, maybe give decaf a try. The Decadent Decaf* coffee, especially, really does not taste different from normal coffee, in fact it’s probably better. It definitely tastes fresher for sure!
Have you ever tried decaf? Do you find caffeine affects your mental health? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!