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How Not to Become Totally Caffeine-Resistant

How Not to Become Totally Caffeine-Resistant

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    How do you know when it’s time for you to eat, wake up or go to bed? Every one of us has a system in place that regulates this called the circadian clock.

    It’s basically a hormonal cycle that releases the appropriate chemicals in your body to help you realize you should do a certain things.

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    One of these hormones is cortisol. You may have heard about it as the hormone that is released at times of stress. It’s also meant as a trigger to make us alert and awake.

    On average, for most people, the cortisol production peaks between 8am and 9am. That means that the body produces the most cortisol between these hours.

    What does that have to do with drinking coffee? Well, if you really want to get the most out of your cup of caffeinated brew, you should time the drinking to happen AFTER, not during your peak cortisol production.

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    Why? This is because of the law of the diminishing results. When you produce cortisol, you are naturally “caffeinating” yourself.

    If you add the substance from the coffee, you won’t get an additional boost. Instead the coffee’s boost will be “overriden” by the cortisol one.

    If you keep on doing this, you will quickly build up tolerance to caffeine and you will actually end up lessening your kick from coffee even more.

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    The best time in the day to drink coffee occurs when your cortisol levels start to drop, which for most people is between 9:30am and 11:30am.

    Other cortisol peaks typically occur between 12pm and 1pm, and again between 5:30am and 6:30am, and they are always followed by a sudden drop of alertness.

    So whether you are a gourmet coffee lover or just an instant coffee user, have this is mind next time your prepare your cup of caffeinated goodness.

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    The Best Time to Drink Coffee According to Science | Ryoko

    Featured photo credit: Leah via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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