Do you drink a cup of coffee in the morning? How about soda? Maybe you want to game all night and pack down a few energy drinks. Being a gamer myself, I consume a lot of soda. (My soda-drug of choice is Dr Pepper) I can consume a 2 liter in a day. Whether you like coffee or soda, it’s packed with caffeine and that can increase your anxiety or even give you a panic attack.
Caffeine keeps you awake and is worth the risk, right? No! If you want to be in a better mental health and physical health state, you can’t make excuses to do unhealthy things. Caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness and you can become ADDICTED. Ever suffer from caffeine withdrawals? Notice that some migraine pain killers add in caffeine because of this?
“The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, can also worsen anxiety.” – WebMD
Caffeine cost me a job. I was handling my anxiety really well for awhile and got a job at McDonald’s, being a cashier. Which is insanely hard on my anxiety by having to deal with people. My bosses were hard on me being new and made it so that I didn’t get much sleep. However, I was managing. One morning, I was very tired and wanted to keep myself up for work so I drank an energy drink. It did just enough to give me a very bad panic attack on the way to work. I ended up in a “flight” response and literally ran away. Ditching work and costing me a job. Now I don’t work at all because of this. I see that I was not ready to take on something so stressful as a job. Especially when I’m not making healthy decisions, like consuming so much caffeine.
Don’t make the same mistake as me and cut it out as much as you can. It’s not worth your mental health, no matter how tasty it is. Drink decaf, even some sodas come without caffeine! (Dr pepper has a caffeine free brand!)
If you are looking to boost your energy find healthy ways to keep yourself up. Listen to loud, energetic music to help wake you up. Take B-vitamin supplements, exercise, splash cold water on your face, and eat food high in protein and iron. These are just some of the ways to stay awake. Don’t be lazy and take the easy, unhealthy route. It could worsen your anxiety or panic disorder.
If you want to win your fight against anxiety, say no to caffeine.
If you can’t take it out of your diet, limit it.