We all have bad habits that do not support us or add value to our lives. It may be the 3rd coffee of the day, that provides that much needed caffeine boost we so desperately need to continue with our day, the fast food at lunchtime, not taking a break in the day to get up from your desk for some much needed fresh air.
On their own on a day to day basis these habits bring us comfort from the repetition and the feeling of normality, however do they nourish you?
To be nourished you require taking in food or drink or activity that helps to balance your body, to provide health to your body and mind. That 3rd cup of coffee only supports the cells of your body that are addicted to caffeine, they urge you to have more coffee because they will be sated for a short time. In fact the urge for your 3rd cup of coffee could also be your thirst centres telling you you are dehydrated (from the previous 2 coffees) and therefore not functioning optimally – your body could be screaming ‘PLEASE GIVE ME SOME WATER….I CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT’!!!! But you may have interpreted this, over time, as a need for more caffeine to satify those addicted cells and you comply by drinking coffee because this is your habit. Does this habit nourish you????
Don’t take my word for it webmed.com quotes the side effects of coffee below:
Coffee containing caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart and breathing rate, and other side effects. Consuming large amounts of coffee might also cause headache, anxiety, agitation, ringing in the ears, and irregular heartbeats. (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-980/coffee)
And yet because this is normal to you, you know these side effects, but you don’t feel they effect you. But when was the last time you were caffeine free…do you even know what that feels like? How do you know you wouldn’t feel better?
These are the signs of mild dehydration as sighted by emedicine.com…..any look or feel familiar to you?
The signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults range from minor to severe.
Mild to moderate dehydration may include the following:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Tired or sleepy
- Decreased urine output
- Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal
- Dry skin
- Few or no tears
Breaking a habit can be difficult, these habits reassure you of who you are. Repetition reinforces behaviours that your body and mind feel are normal and satisfying. Have a think about one habit that does not support you or nourish your mind and body and try and replace it with a positive habit, have a glass of water instead of a coffee, hydration can have a massive impact on everyone. Be brave change one habit at a time and who knows you could be on your way to finding more balance in your life.