Hey everybody, this is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently and I wanted to try and gather some other perspectives on the world’s most commonly used psychoactive drug.
I drink coffee and/or tea everyday, as I’m sure some of you do, but sometimes I rely too heavily on caffeine to get me through my daily tasks and the quality of my sleep is negatively affected. I probably fall into the caffeine dependent category on average, but I don’t see a problem with daily caffeine use as long as it is paired with proper hydration and a regular sleep schedule.
What are your thoughts on caffeine? Have you seen any benefit to giving it up for good? Do you feel like caffeine consumption is something that people should be more cognizant of?
I used to have a lot of bad habits and have started improving my health gradually over the years. Finally, I’m at a place where I don’t do drugs often, quit cigarettes, drink alcohol only moderately, and eat healthy most of the time. I still drink a lot of coffee though and feel like it would almost be cruel to myself to cut out that pleasure, haha. If your sleep is negatively impacted, you might find it helpful to not drink it after 2 pm.
I drink coffee daily and I don’t plan on ever giving it up. I love the effects that caffeine has on me. When I consume caffeine, it feels as though my body and mind are firing on all cylinders, so to say: I can think more creatively, have better awareness and control of my body, and I can explore my thoughts more meaningfully than when I don’t have caffeine in my system. Caffeine use contributes greatly to the effectiveness of my meditation, as well. I drink one coffee a day, and do not think about having any more once I have had one. I can and have gone without it in the past, for a few days in a row or more, and have found that I just had a ‘foggy’ mind. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was about 12 years old, and I am 25 now, so I’ve had a lot of experience with it (but not without it). I see no reason to give up coffee, as I only see benefits to having it, and I have not noticed any health complications resulting from drinking it. I occasionally let myself get a little too dehydrated after drinking coffee, but I just increase my intake of water throughout the day and it fixes the issue. Hail caffeine!
I also experience those same benefits from a nice cup of joe, although I usually have 3-5 cups each day. When I don’t have caffeine I feel that my mind is just as clear but that I have less motivation to get out in the world and work towards my goals; caffeine helps me shut down negative thoughts and stay focused on my life’s path.
Caffeine definitely improves my first seated meditation session of the day. I usually meditate for 15-20 minutes a few times a day and it can be tough to avoid drifting into a sleep-like state during a morning session without some caffeine.
I have been drinking coffee regularly for about 5 years now and I also don’t plan on giving it up. I’ve experimented with caffeine abstinence in the past and it never convinced me to give it up for good.
Do you have a preffered method of preparing coffee?
I used to drink 5 to 8 cups a day when I was in my teens and then for sometime I didn’t touch it having heard stories about over consumption of caffeine and what it can do to your body. In the past few years i’ve been changing my diet and while I do like the odd coffee I rarely drink it now, infact the last time I had a coffee my mouth felt so dry afterwards I just wanted to drink water and nothing else. A lot of people use it as a boost of energy and really if you are looking for energy perhaps you are not getting a balanced enough diet or not enough hours sleep, ideally you want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
I don’t really use it for energy per se, but more as a mental support substance. What I enjoy about caffeine is the assistance in focus that it provides. I’m prone to anxiety at times, but coffee can help me stay focused on what I need to get done in a given day and not worry about anxious thoughts.
I do my best to stay away from coffee, energy drinks, etc. that contain caffeine with calories. Rather, I take caffeine pills now, which, obviously, cut the amount of calories one consumes per day. Unless caffeine is taking a serious toll on your life and/or relationships with yourself, others, and/or spirituality, it’s fine to use it.