A while ago I used to drink A LOT of coffee and have it extra strong with about 2 teaspoons of coffee and very little milk, everyone always used to say to me ‘Anna how do you drink that, that’s not good for you!’ I started to notice after I ate a lot of sugar and had coffee I had this jittery, shaky feeling which as we all know too much caffeine can cause, but It didn’t feel like a good buzz it felt like anxiety.
It then occurred to me that caffeine and anxiety can cause very similar symptoms so put them together at the same time and its going to be twice as bad! I asked my psychologist and she said we don’t recommend anyone with anxiety to have caffeine, alcohol, drugs etc, as it’s a stimulant it causes an adrenalin rush, which is why people feel more awake and energetic, too much caffeine though can cause side effects such as Insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heart and muscle tremors, Sounds a lot like anxiety right?
So imagine already having an anxiety disorder and adding a stimulant to the situation as well, your just adding fuel to the fire! Different people are more or less sensitive to caffeine, but its known that people with mental health problems are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Which is why when I stopped drinking coffee and coke with caffeine it seemed to help, no I’m not cured but I don’t think I need any more adrenaline and anxiety than I’ve already got.
I still drink tea but not as much and tea contains less caffeine than coffee and doesn’t seem to affect me so much. If I can I will have a decaf option but an even better drink to try is herbal teas, although I’m struggling to get into them, peppermint tea is the nicest I’ve tried so far! Try cutting out caffeine from your diet and see if you notice some improvements, caffeine can be found in many things but some of the worst items are coffee, tea, energy drinks, fizzy drinks and chocolate!
Let me know if you have found caffeine makes you’re anxiety worse and I’d love to hear from you if you stop having it and your anxiety improves. Do you have any herbal teas you would recommend??