As most breakups, this one was tough but worth it. Let’s get to the breakdown (quite literally):
Week One – Complete defeat. My energy levels were nowhere near normal without coffee. Consistent fatigue and inevitable naps: something my body dictated. And I let it.
Week Two – It iiiiis what it iiiiis. The weekend I went to Paris. Two days in complete bliss energy but had a shot of espresso after lunch to refuel for adventure. Ah well.
With set backs, intention is key and getting back up and continuing is valuable.
Week Four – Perspective. A friend made a point that stuck: Not substituting to gain energy makes you reevaluate things in your life by what does and doesn’t give you energy.
Things that cost me energy: Shopping for clothes, passive meetings, judgemental people, dishes in the sink, low iPhone battery (I am a millennial after all), lies.
Things that give me energy: Music, dancing, conversations with people I trust, singing, creating things, good hugs, writing, working out, moisturising.
2 Months – Unlocking More. Removing the bandaid for fatigue and insomnia has revealed areas that don’t sustainably work for me.
I paid more attention to my diet again, tried sticking to a consistent routine to train my body to anticipate energy levels, cycle synched my workouts to gently acclimate and avoid overdraft. I took rest seriously and only spent time with people I genuinely wanted around me.
The Bottom Line
Awareness is educating and let’s note, beyond the health benefit of quitting caffeine, it was a lesson about listening to intrinsic needs that are vital to be understood and yet so easily ignored.