You’ve decided to break up with one of your best, and most constant, friends. Coffee and you have certainly stood the test of time, but it’s not coffee, it’s you. You want some space.
Few friends are as agonizing to leave as those that leave negative repercussions in their absence. The withdrawal from caffeine can be significant, but rather than succumbing to the java, take a seat and find your inner caffeine.
Here’s a little science: adenosine receptors are found throughout the brain as a by-product of your cells’ energy expenditure. Having too much adenosine can make you feel tired, without even taking into account your overbooked lifestyle.
Coffee works to mimic the role of adenosine. After a cup, you feel ready to take on the world…or at least your office.
Meditation has even longer-lasting effects on the brain, and we’re just starting to scratch the surface. As you sit and feel your energy lagging (stop building up, adenosine!) notice where you feel burnt out.
Is it in an area of your brain? Is it in your body?
Acknowledge the exhaustion and let each breath work as an energetic sweeper – your inhalations travel deeply into that area and your exhalations release the build-up.
Imagine telling your exhaustion that it is no longer welcome in your body.
With every breath, politely show it the door.
It may take many breaths in many areas, but we swear that this boost of oxygen will keep you as peppy as ever.
No lattes (or naps) required.