I was a huge black coffee drinker for decades. I drank it not only because I loved it, but also it helped stave off the drowsy side effects from the anti- anxiety meds I was on. Because of the correlation of caffeine and panic attacks, for years my doctors advised me to stop drinking so much coffee.
For almost 20 years, I continued to drink coffee to stay alert through my days. The dependence on it was noticeable.
Almost 3 months ago, I finally made the switch to Decaffeinated Green Tea. At the time I had the flu, so I couldn’t drink coffee anyways. In truth, I’d been wanting to stop drinking coffee for years, but the caffeine withdrawal headaches were awful. Since I was already sick, I didn’t have a choice in the matter.
After about 3 days, when I could tolerate small amounts of liquids without vomiting, I started to drink Decaf Green Tea.
And that’s how I stumbled into a healthy lifestyle habit 🙂
There are just so many health benefits of green tea, including:
- potential to fight cancer
- potential to fight infection
- relieves rheumatoid arthritis
- helps prevent diabetes
- helps prevent dementia
- helps prevent stroke
- lowers cholesterol
- potential to fight heart disease
- burns fat
- restores immune function
I think I even read somewhere that it has anti aging benefits. While I like to think I’m not vain, I am 44 and crow’s feet are not my best feature, lol. At any rate, with all the health benefits of green tea, it seemed to be a no brainier for me.
Drinking warm beverages throughout my day feels had always been very soothing to me, and I didn’t give that up when I stopped drinking black coffee. I merely replaced my beverage of choice with something far better.
I save money by buying my green tea in bulk. Here is a link to Amazon if you can’t get decaf green tea locally:
The anti anxiety benefits are noticeable as well. As you know, I am on half my usual dose of Klonopin, and have only had one anxiety attack in approximately 2 months. This is huge for me. Of course I am using the Panic Away program, but I do think the elimination of caffeine from my diet has helped with my success in this program.
Switching to decaf green tea was a smart choice for me, and it is for you too. I recommend you give it a try 🙂
Have you stopped drinking coffee due to the correlation of caffeine and panic attacks? How did it go? Please leave your comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I wish you peace,
p.s. It really feels good to wake up in the morning and not feel the strong urge to drink black coffee. I really think my coffee cravings were more from caffeine addiction than the love of the beverage.