The Secret to Quitting Caffeine in 3 Days
Coffee, cola, energy drinks, black tea… whatever kind of caffeine fix you love, there comes a point when it’s time to call it quits.
I used to have a pretty big coffee habit. In college, I stayed up most nights till 3 am working on papers and studying. And then I’d be up again for my 8 am work shift. Ugh. With such a hectic schedule, I needed coffee just to get through the day.
But there came a day when so much caffeine just didn’t feel good anymore. I was tired all the time, couldn’t concentrate, and got headaches if I missed a coffee fix.
It was time to finally break my addiction. Once I made up my mind, quitting caffeine was easy. Though admittedly, there were times when I had to call in the willpower fairy for some extra support ♥
How I broke my caffeine habit in 3 days
Are you ready to learn my secret to quitting caffeine in just three days? It’s simple and anyone can do it. I shared this with my husband and to this day he still expresses his gratitude that I helped him break his caffeine addiction.
Let’s get started – To your health & happiness.
Step 1: Set Your Intention
Get clear about why you are quitting caffeine. A strong intention will help you get through any difficult moments which may lie ahead.
Maybe your motivation is:
- Your Health
- To look & feel better
- Have more energy
- Not be dependent on anything
My motivation was my health and that I hated the feeling of needing coffee to function. Find whatever motivates you and focus on bringing more of that into your life as you go forward.
Step 2: Use a Long Weekend
During the three days of your caffeine detox, you might have some side effects like headaches, sleepiness, and grouchiness. Detox symptoms are usually mild, but it’s best to be prepared to not feel your best for a couple days.
Find a time when you do not have to be “on” all day. Use a long-weekend when you don’t have work or school for at least 3 days. If there are no holidays coming up, consider taking Monday or Friday off.
Step 3: Go Cold Turkey
Quitting caffeine cold turkey is the fastest way to break your habit. That means don’t drink any caffeine at all. No caffeine means no caffeine in any form.
Don’t switch from coffee to cola. Or from soda to energy drinks. Replacing one form of caffeine with another is not the same as actually quitting caffeine.
For moderate coffee drinkers, three days will be enough to break the habit. If you’re a heavy drinker, it might take a bit longer. Stick with it and you’ll thank yourself later.
Step 4: Get Plenty of Rest
Plan to take it easy during your three-day holiday. You may experience withdrawal symptoms so it’s best not to have commitments that require you to perform at your peak.
Schedule time to stay home and relax. If you feel tired, sleep. Watching movies is a great way to pass the time while allowing your body to reset.
Step 5: Replace Caffeine
Replace your caffeinated drinks with similar non-caffeinated versions. For coffee drinkers, try herbal tea or grain coffee, like Teechino. Cola drinkers can try water or a healthy beverage like Kombucha. This is a great time to expand your horizons and try something new.
Step 6: Stay Strong
If feel like you need your caffeine fix, stay strong and don’t give in to the craving. It will only prolong your pain. Do something else instead:
- Take a nap if you’re feeling tired
- Go for a walk if you’re restless
- See a movie if you’re bored
Remember: This too shall pass. Pull out your intention and remind yourself why you are quitting caffeine. Think about how good you will feel when you are finally free of your addiction.
Step 7: Celebrate Your Freedom
It’s time to celebrate. After three days of no caffeine, you made it through the hard part. You will be rewarded with:
- More energy
- Better concentration
- More focus
- Freedom addiction
Celebrate your success and rejoice in your freedom! Reward yourself with something nice – Decaf latte anyone?
Quitting Caffeine: Now What?
Now that you are finally free from caffeine, you’ll start to notice these wonderful side-effects:
- Increased energy
- You fall asleep faster
- You stay asleep longer
- You have more dreams
- Better focus and concentration
Now your challenge is to stay caffeine-free. Make sure you have a plan to resist having “just one cup of coffee today.” Here’s what works for me:
When you go out with friends, order decaf coffee or choose tea instead. At home, load up on herbal tea or Teeccino.
Take a Nap
Often the desire for caffeine comes from feeling sleepy. Instead of reaching for a pick-me-up, take a nap. Your body’s craving sleep, so give it what it needs.
Replace soda with fruit juice or Kombucha. There’s a whole array of caffeine-free beverages for you to explore. You may find something you like.
Drink Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water with honey is a great source of caffeine-free energy. Eating an apple or banana works well too.
Tell your friends you don’t drink caffeine if they offer you some. It doesn’t matter what they think about it. Remember why you love being caffeine-free and stand your ground.
It’s your turn, Dreamer
As always, I’d love to hear from you. What are your experiences with quitting caffeine? Were your attempts successful? How did feel after quitting? Leave your comments below.