Today, I’d like to have a little chat about coffee. If you’re a client of mine, then we’ve probably already had the coffee talk.
There is research available to show coffee can be beneficial for some health conditions. Today though, I’d like to examine its effects on stress & anxiety.
The caffeine in your coffee doesn’t actually give you energy. Instead, it causes your body to produce stress hormones, cortisol & adrenaline. It triggers your body’s ‘fight or flight’ response.
Caffeine is a bowel stimulant. So, if your stress/anxiety already has you running to the toilet, you might want to rethink your daily coffee.
It also spikes your blood pressure & heart rate.
Size matters. In Australia, a small coffee typically has a single shot of coffee. A medium or large in a lot of cafes will be a double shot. And an Iced Venti Latte from Starbucks has a whopping triple shot.
Same goes for your homemade coffee. I used to have a housemate who would give himself 12 teaspoons of instant coffee daily.
So, is coffee the devil? No. Is too much coffee contributing to your stress & anxiety? Most likely.
If you’re feeling exhausted, stressed, overwhelmed or anxious, coffee is not the answer.
My tips for reducing your caffeine intake:
- Aim for just 1 small coffee a day.
- Wait until after breakfast so you aren’t drinking it on an empty stomach.
- Try switching your daily coffee for a Matcha tea or Matcha latte.
- Switch your coffee for a non-caffeinated option. Herbal teas are great.
- Opt for a decaf coffee. Trust me, at most good café’s it tastes the exact same.