This is the second post in a series of Holistic Health Hacks for Writers (or any desk jockey). If you want to catch up, read the first post on how to combat living in an indoor cave here.
WRITING = BUTT IN CHAIR
BUTT IN CHAIR = BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
In the first post, I mentioned the Holy Trinity to romance writers everywhere: coffee, chocolate, and wine. Unfortunately, none of those are healthy for you in large quantities. So, without further ado, let’s talk about how your good friend Joe is trapping you in a health-eroding cycle.
Problem: Caffeine Dependence
Maybe you’re thinking right now, “Oh HELL NO – I’m not giving up coffee!!! This chick is whack!” Hold your caffeine-fueled horses – I’ve got nothing against coffee. It’s packed full of antioxidants and has been shown to be protective of your health…in moderation. Do I need to tell you why too much is bad? It dehydrates you and taxes your adrenal glands (two little-known lumps on top of our kidneys that basically control our energy, blood sugar levels, and circadian rhythms).
The fact is, caffeine is a drug. It’s a neurological stimulant. It works by blocking a “sleepy” receptor in your brain so that all your “awake” chemicals stay at unnaturally high levels. Just like with any other neuro-system drug, your brain senses this hiccup and finds a work-around to get things back in balance. The result is a higher tolerance, effects that have a shorter duration, and if you quit… RED ALERT! Anyone who wakes up (or wakes up next to) a morning zombie/grump can attest that withdrawls are not fun. The good news is you CAN kick the caffeine crutch and even wake up alert and happy without a chemical assist.
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