I love coffee. Or we could say, I thrive on coffee. My day doesn’t start until the aroma of coffee dominates my household, until caffeine consumes my body and until it gets me buzzing with the energy.
Most of us drink coffee in our daily routine. In fact, many companies not only accept coffee consumption, but actually embrace it. It’s common to see employees bounding by coffee machines, and business deals being sealed at coffee-filled places. Isn’t it hard to believe that these coffee-embedded business cultures could ever be counterproductive?
After all, everyone knows that caffeine has shown to have many benefits in the workplace. For instance, it helps us be more productive by improving our moods, our mental fatigue, alertness and reaction times.
You see, coffee is a beautiful thing, but also a cruel one that often gives us a false illusion of energy and rest. I’m afraid to say – and believe me, this is actually painful to admit – coffee is not necessarily that beneficial for us busy workers.
So coffee-lovers everywhere, brace yourselves: I bear bad news.
Research confirms that the over-consumption of caffeine can harm performances in the workplace – not to mention our vital organs too. As a matter of fact, the over-consumption of absolutely anything could be harmful to us. Unfortunately, caffeine-driven individuals often fail to realise what is meant by the “over-consumption” of coffee.
Reports show that adults can safely consume up to 4000 milligrams of caffeine per day but more than that could be very problematic. Well, then that’s totally fine, right?
That’s not all.
Caffeine is literally everywhere. We may have consume products that contain caffeine we, ourselves, are unaware about. And this consumption is usually more than the recommended daily amount. Protein and candy bars, sodas and energy drinks, chocolate, ice cream, yogurts, teas, seeds and berries are all sources of high quantities of caffeine.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
What could potentially be so bad about too much caffeine that would ever convince me to give up my warm cup of love? After all, there’s no denying that coffee is a great pick-me-up for many of us with many benefits for those who drink it. Especially given our busy schedules and sleepless nights, coffee could be worth the jitters that excessive caffeine often causes. Working under the influence (of caffeine!) can take a toll at our productivity before we even realise it.
Truth be told, coffee is having us all fooled. We’re fueling a never-ending cycle of exhaustion, where coffee keeps us up but not rested, which consequently, causes us to need more caffeine, that on its turn, leads to insomnia. Coffee also decreases our ability to focus, which can be very harmful in the workplace.
Moreover, excessive caffeine can lead to anxiety, indigestion and irritability. Not to mention, caffeine is extremely addictive and can cause several withdrawals symptoms, including migraines. I get it… unlike a warm cup of coffee, this is all very hard to swallow, isn’t it?
Are you able to function without your long-longed coffee breaks at work? How else would you keep alert and productive all day long? For most of us, we find only coffee that can give us that extra boost of energy to excel. Oh coffee, how we love you. But… does coffee love us back? What should we do about our caffeine addiction many of us are in that could be harming our performance in the workplace?
Does this mean we should stop drinking coffee? Of course not!
My main take-away is that moderation is key. I can’t give up on coffee. Coffee will always grace my mornings, caffeine will continue to start my day, and I’ll forever thrive on its overwhelming and yet soothing scent. However, that shall be it. Over-consumption will only result in undesirable consequences and I may lose the privilege of drinking coffee.
But if I were to restrain myself to only one cup of coffee a day, I can break this destructive caffeine cycle and overcome this addiction. Of course, this is easier said than done. But bear in mind that it’s possible to overcome this cycle. And while I’m terrified of ditching the coffee breaks that bless my afternoons at work, I’m also excited to see the results.
A little goes a long way. If you know your body relies on coffee heavily, you need to take small steps everyday, consistently to effectively see positive results.
In the beginning, convincing your body to only intake one cup of coffee a day may be a struggle. But fear not, I’ve other recommendations on how to lower your coffee intake. For starters, drink tea, such as ginger and mint, are low on caffeine and very refreshing. Meditation exercises are also a great way of boosting energy levels or gain access to a list of the best meditation videos on YouTube.
Coffee will always hold a special place in our hearts, but I’m afraid that it’s time we learn how to control our consumption to appreciate the true essence of what coffee can bring us.