Friday

Sunset

Eat food from farmers markets.
Drink good tea each morning.
Read books that make you feel.
Paint, even if you’re awful.
Write, even when you have nothing to say.
Sit in the fresh air outside.
Go on hikes.
Swim in lakes and wade in streams.
Sleep as long as you need.
Work hard at what you love.
Work hard at what you hate.

Love unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

Happy Friday!

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Caffeine, Coffee & Me

Sad Selfie

Today marks day number eleven without soda, coffee or caffeine.  I like soda okay, but I LOOOOVE coffee.  I mean, I REALLY love it!  It’s what gets me up in the morning and keeps me running throughout most of the day.   You hear all this fuss about how bad caffeine is and how it’s considered a drug, but you truly don’t understand the impact (and hold) that caffeine has on your body until you try to cut it out completely.  Aside from it being a drug and addictive, it is known to trigger and exacerbate stress and anxiety (among many other things).  Stress and anxiety are two things that I am working hard to keep in check these days.

I recently ended up in a scary (to me) situation where, for days, my heart had been racing and I wasn’t able to sleep.  Looking back now, I realize that I had gotten so wound tight and so stressed that I didn’t know how to get out.  My dad explains it best by saying that it’s like you’re stuck in a pressure cooker with no release.  So, after this bout of anxiety, I came down with a fever and was in bed for days with the flu/sinus infection.  I used this opportunity to quit caffeine cold turkey.  Hey, I felt like complete crap anyway so, why not, right?  I’m not going to lie…it’s been hard.  I’ve been tired, foggy and quite moody.  I can feel my body adjusting.  I can feel my body fighting.  I’m drinking more water and I’ve replaced the coffee with some good herbal tea.  It is difficult but I will persevere.  I will push though to a better, healthier me.