I am giving up caffeine. For good. I drank my last Pepsi today(wish it was a Coke!!). Well, my last Pepsi with caffeine. They do make Coke and Pepsi without caffeine. But not Red Bull. So no more of those. Or other energy drinks.
I am giving them up for my health. My mental health that is. I was reading an article in which it mentioned that excessive caffeine use can contribute to anxiety. Now, I do not believe I use it excessively, BUT my anxiety has been through the roof lately.
Why? Probate, of course!! Or, actually, issues with the house, the car, paperwork I have to gather and submit, etc. Crazy!!! It has all bult up over time and now it is affecting my health.
Of course, forgetting to take my anxiety medication 3 or more days in a row while I was sick did not help either!! But I am back on it and still having problems.
Take today, for instance. I had a great day(and it was a Tuesday!!). I worked afterschool and went rollerskating. But when I got in the car to come home I felt depressed and wanted to cry. I also felt nauseous and my heart was racing. This is not normal.
This morning I was feeling depressed and just wanted to be with TJ. If he had not gone to work I would not have gone to work. Even though I was feeling kind of crappy, the thought of staying home alone was not appealing so I went. And good thing because being around the kids made me feel much better (until it was time to leave!!)
Realizing, though, that things were quite askew, as soon as I got to work I called for a doctor's appointment. I got one for tomorrow(I needed one anyway soon to renew my Celexa prescription!). I am hoping to get some Xanax for the rough times to supplement the Celexa. I will probably get a referral to a counselor instead :)
But, I think a lot of the anxiety can be helped by cutting caffeine out of my diet. I know I can do it. I gave up coffee when I joined the Mormon church! And I LOVED coffee!! I will still take my Exedrin(which has caffeine), because nothing gets rid of a headache faster!! But all other caffeine is banished!!
Does anyone else have any tips for dealing with anxiety and depression. Anyone know of some natural energy boosters?